Firefighting

WOMEN IN THE FIRE SERVICE

Issue 3 and Volume 150.

WOMEN IN THE FIRE SERVICE BY MICHAEL F. STALEY A couple of months ago, a friend of mine sent me a newspaper clipping from The Gainesville Sun front page, a color photograph of Gainesville (FL) Fire Department Lieutenant Cindy Diven. She was holding a frightened child in her arms. Her eyes were riveted intently on some distant, obviously distressing activity just beyond the camera lens. Her face was etched with exhaustion and concern. I looked at the photograph for a long time and thought, “You`ve come a long way, baby.” Lieutenant Diven demonstrated just how far the journey has been. Here she was, a professional female firefighter: all the power and capability of a man combined with the gentle, nurturing nature of a woman. The photograph said it all. WOMEN VOLUNTEERS WHO TAUGHT ME WELL Lieutenant Diven reminded me of my first encounter with women in the fire service. I…

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