Brownies and Guides light fires at Slaithwaite Fire Station

Slaithwaite Fire Station opened its doors to 50 Brownies and Guides from the Huddersfield area.

The girls aged 7-14 learned about how to safely light a fire – a vital skill after the recent Marsden Moor fires.

Officers from the West Yorkshire Fire service were supported by their colleagues at West Yorkshire Police, who let the girls explore the rescue vehicles and ask questions about being in service to the community.

Julie Wright a local Brownie Leader and employee of West Yorkshire Fire Service said’

“It’s great being part of the local community with units coming together and being supported by both the Fire and Police services. It is brilliant meeting face to face at a fun outdoor event.

We hope events such as these will provide the girls skills for their future, team building and will be interesting, educational in a fun way and will be a memorable experience with girls remembering back to when they were a Brownie at Slaithwaite Fire station, especially when Look North turned up and they appeared on the BBC!”

The girls were supported by their leaders alongside members from All4Hudds Trefoil Guild, an organisation for adults with links to Girlguiding.

Events like this help girls understand the wider local community they belong to and also the global guiding community.

Girlguiding in Huddersfield had to go virtual during the pandemic and many girls have missed out on this vital link to their community and a space just for girls.

Units are open again for face-to-face meetings, if you or your daughter is interested in joining, please go to

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