In November 2023, a team of female firefighters known as the Antarctic Fire Angels is aiming to ski an amazing 1,130km from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole.
In taking on the challenge, Georgina (South Wales Fire and Rescue Service), Becky (Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service) and Rebecca (Mid & West Wales Fire Service (MAWWFS) are hoping to inspire women and girls to achieve their ambitions, as well as raising vital funds for the Fire Fighters Charity.
This journey will be unassisted and unsupported, pulling 85+kg pulks (supply sleds) in temperatures as low as -50c with possible wind speeds of over 60 mph in approximately 45 days. That’s 25km every day.
Conquering this route using mind and muscle power alone will be a first, as this has never been achieved by an Emergency Services team before.
To make this incredible expedition happen, the Antarctic Fire Angels need to raise £400,000 to support them with training, equipment, nutrition, technology and specialist technical support.
Throughout this journey, the AFA team will share more about their reasons for taking on Antarctica and what they hope to achieve. The Antarctic Fire Angels said: “When we were growing up we didn’t see any representation of female firefighters or female adventurers, and we therefore didn’t really know these options were available to us. We intend on being visible role models to women and girls, as you can’t be what you can’t see!”
To find out more or to donate to support the Antarctic Fire Angels, please visit: Antarctic Fire Angels | Ordinary Women, Doing Extraordinary Things