I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life until I took my EMT class. The college I was attending was simultaneously running a fire academy at the same time. Sometimes I would see the cadets doing drills and I thought to myself, “Well, I can do that” and so I put my name on the list. I joined the volunteer department where I live and I was running calls and training with them for a year and a half before my academy started.
I’m currently 3 months in to my 9 month academy. I am the only female in the class of 18. This was a slight issue in the beginning, but I knew I was going to have to prove myself and show them that I have as much heart as all of those guys put together. Once they realized that I wasn’t going anywhere they opened up and I got 17 brothers.
Anyone who says that firefighting is a man’s job will only be fueling me to prove him wrong and excel at my profession. The first ride in a fire engine running lights and sirens is a thrill that I look forward to for the rest of my life.