The trainee volunteer brigade in the Polish village of Miejsce Odrzanskie is somewhat unusual – it's all female.

While it might be uncommon for fire brigades, it’s not that out of the ordinary in the village, which is experiencing something of a demographic mystery - no boys have been born there in almost a decade.

With women greatly outnumbering men, the village's women and girls are being trained at young ages to do what have traditionally been perceived as male roles in Poland.

Maja Golasz is the youngest member of the firefighting team at just two and a half years old.

Her mother, Aldona Golasz, told Reuters her father and husband both fought fires for a living, and so would her daughter.


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During their training drills, the girls learn how to fight fires and perform first aid - often using teddy bears as their props.

"There are no boys, so the women need to do the job," said volunteer firefighter Oliwia Filipczak.

The village has less than 300 residents and no boys have been born there since 2010, according to county mayor Rajmund Frischko. He is now offering a prize to parents who have a son.

The girls, however, aren't letting the lack of men stand in their way of achieving their goals.

"One of my dreams is, of course, getting a husband, but our main dream is to get a new fire engine," said teenage volunteer firefighter Sabina Blama.