Antarctic Fire Angels Embark on Expedition

Firefighter Rebecca Openshaw-Rowe from Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service and Firefighter Georgina Gilbert have started their ambitious and challenging 1,130km Antarctic expedition.

Rebecca and Georgina, who form the Antarctic Fire Angels (AFA), are undertaking an expedition from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole – all while being unsupported, unguided and unassisted.  They will both be pulling supply sleds each weighing around 90kg including everything they’ll need to survive – tent, food and fuel.

They both set off on their journey on Tuesday, November 21st, and have covered over 277km so far, in windy conditions and in temperatures as low as -30°C.

You can track the AFA’s progress live, as well as listen to diary voice recordings on their journey so far here.

The aim of the expedition is to highlight what women are capable of and to inspire future generations to follow their goals and ambitions.  They are also raising vital funds for The Fire Fighters Charity – which provides lifelong support for serving and retired members of the UK’s fire and rescue services.  To donate and support their expedition, please visit their Just Giving page.

Everyone at Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service wishes Rebecca and Georgina the best of luck with the rest of their journey!

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