Firefighter Aaron Kiraly shows Girls on Fire participants, from left: Mercedes Higgins of Chippewa Falls, Megan Funk of Owen, and Kayla Dubiel of Cadott, how to hold a fire hose and move together with it at the CVTC Emergency Services Education Center campus.
EAU CLAIRE – Mercedes Higgins felt good about herself at the top of a 30-foot pole.
The eighth grader from Chippewa Falls climbed the pole wearing a harness and secured by ropes held by her peers at the Girls on Fire Camp at Chippewa Valley Technical College this past week. The next step was a big one: stepping off the pole and being gently lowered to the ground.
“Getting up there is like the goal you set for yourself,” Higgins said. “If you make it, you really feel good about yourself. It’s a confidence-builder.”