Female firefighters and footballers from Watford Ladies FC swapped places for a day to celebrate International Women’s Day.
The job switch showed an insight into what it is like being an on call firefighter and the challenges that they face on a daily basis, and also seeing what being a footballer is like behind closed doors.
On the day, the footballers found themselves in various situations that firefighters would be in such as unloading and climbing ladders, unreeling water hoses and trying to put out fires with the hoses and cutting a car door off to gain entry.
Firefighters on the other hand took part in a training session which involved tackling, shooting and they even ended up scoring a few penalties.
Georgie Edwards, 21, is a defender for Watford Ladies and felt like the two roles have a lot of similarities.
Georgie said: “It was great to have a go at being a firefighter. The equipment and even the uniform were heavier than I expected – to be able to do the job as quickly as they do is impressive.
“It’s evident the roles have some differences, but we have a lot of similarities too. Ultimately, firefighters and footballers are passionate, strong-minded and talented performers. Both roles take time, effort and commitment.”
Helen Read, who is based at King’s Langley fire station, said: “We got a great insight into the world of football when we visited Watford Ladies at their training session.
“Footballers and firefighters have lots in common; of course we need to be fit, but importantly we have the ability to carry on after a hard day.”