WEB DESK: A girl from a small city has become the first female fire fighter in Pakistan, a local website reported.
Shazia Parveen, 25, is the first female fire fighter of the state run rescue 1122 in Vehari, a city near Multan.
She has been putting out fire and saving lives since the year 2010.
Parveen lives in Karampur, and shares a house with eight siblings. Her father is a retired military officer.
Parveen said that she always wanted to opt for a profession which others found dangerous. “Most women are scared of working alongside men. But i think these differences must be shunned. Women can work with men,” she said.
To become a fire fighter she went through a seven-month long training at Punjab Emergency Service. “I was the only person selected from a pool of 600 candidates.”
Many boys left the training because it was so strenuous. But many got motivation from me. “They said that if a girl could do it, why couldn’t they?”
She said that during training she learnt swimming, jumping and getting to over 300 feet heights using only a rope for support.
“When I got accepted it was a dream come true for me.”
She said that initially when people saw her engaging in rescue work with men they would laugh at her. But when they found out how hard working she was they began respecting her.
“It is a common perception here that women only set fuel to fire. Aurtain aag lagati hain. I want to clarify this misconception by becoming a fire fighter.”