The Juliet Crew: here’s why South Africa’s only all-female firefighting unit is a force to be reckoned with

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The 10-women firefighting crew came together two years ago to try to address the under-representation of women in this sector. (Photo: SUPPLIED/CHARL STEENKAMP)
The 10-women firefighting crew came together two years ago to try to address the under-representation of women in this sector. (Photo: SUPPLIED/CHARL STEENKAMP)

Think of firefighters and an image instantly comes to mind of brave men risking life and limb to put out billowing infernos. But a fearless band of women recently emerged from the smoke of Cape Town’s terrifying mountain wildfire to well and truly shatter this stereotype.

The Juliet Crew are South Africa’s only all-female firefighting team. For three days the 10 women worked tirelessly alongside their 170 male counterparts on the slopes of Table Mountain as the horrendous blaze brought the Mother City to its knees.

They’ve been overwhelmed by all the love and support they’ve received from South Africans, two members of the crew, Tarren January from Bonteheuwel and Yanga Yoywana from Khayelitsha, tell YOU.

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