How the Flame of This Local Firefighter Is Burning Bright Through the Work in Her Community
Firefighting may be one of the most physically demanding careers out there. It’s the kind of job that requires candidates to be in peak physical condition, strong enough to carry heavy equipment or people, agile enough to move around in enclosed spaces and emotionally stable enough to work under severe pressure. Kimberly Harrison has proven she’s up to the challenge and has overcome many obstacles in her climb to becoming a firefighter and the first female Heavy Unit Driver in St Ann.
As unheard of as her feats may be, the support she received from her community was immeasurable. So much so that Kimberly described occasions where “persons would line the streets saying hello and shouting my name” – and with good cause because the contributions she’s made to her community are just as invaluable.
In addition to being a beacon of hope for many young women in the community, she is a member of the community’s Police Youth Club, where she takes part in various annual projects, covering the care of the elderly community members. She has also orchestrated a highly anticipated youth outreach programme known as Mini-Miss Bamboo, which engages young girls and nurtures their development. Her sincere altruistic nature was born from the struggles she faced in her childhood, ironically being without water, a necessity she now uses to help save lives.
Kimberly’s story is one marked by fate. From climbing trees as a little girl to climbing up in a fire truck rushing to save lives, her experiences have shaped the drive that she possesses and the physical abilities needed to get the job done. What pushes her most is knowing that upcoming recruits and young community members are looking up to her for guidance, encouragement and hope.
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