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Fire Service: Go Ahead, Size Me Up!

By Becki White Go ahead and size me up. I get it, it's what we do: buildings, people, situations... We know that not doing a complete size-up can be catastrophic on the fireground, so go ahead. I know what you’ll see when you look beyond my gender. You will see that my dedication, passion, and intensity level parallels anyone else’s on the fireground. My desire to be the best at my craft fuels me. Since the 1600s, the term "firefighter" has been used to describe the people who risked their lives to save the lives and property of their fellow citizens. Many people don’t realize that there were women in the fire service as far back as 1818, and that there were all-women companies...

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