1. Why did you decide to become a firefighter?
Honestly I was finishing up my 4 year degree and didn't know what to do for a career. A fellow classmate in one of my last classes was a firefighter completing some requirements for his job. We got to talking, and he helped me through the testing process - and I was lucky enough to get hired on my first try. My dad was a firefighter and always encouraged my sister and me to do what we wanted, even if it was outside of gender norms. I still remember when he brought home the autograph of a female pilot on a flight he had taken because he thought it was so important for us to know women could do jobs that were traditionally male dominated. I also loved what the fire department stood for: helping others, a sense of community and duty, and of course the excitement as well.
2. How long have you been doing that?
3. What is something that brings you the most joy or satisfaction in your job?
Being compassionate when people are going through something terrible and being able to at least help make it a little better.
4. When have you encountered and obstacle?
Being a smaller person in the fire service is hard because equipment is big, heavy, and awkward. Every scene, fire or medical, has it's own set of obstacles that are different every time.
5. How did you overcome it?
Some of the obstacles with equipment took a lot of practice and technique. When it comes to obstacles on calls, being able to adapt, overcome, and be flexible is key.
6. What resources did you use or make to overcome that obstacle?
My coworkers are wonderful, and we do everything as a team, so it is almost always a group effort. Everyone has things that they are good at, and areas where they struggle, so when we work together, I feel like we can overcome almost any obstacle.
7. Is there anything else you would like to share about your family or personal life that helps us understand who you are and what you stand for?
I am married to a wonderful man and have two awesome children. We love more than anything to be out in the woods together camping, hunting mushrooms, and hiking. I love our environment and feel so fortunate to live in the beautiful state of Oregon. I am worried about what will be left when our children are grown, so we do our best to treat the planet as gently as possible. I want my daughter and son to grow up confident in who they are. I want them to be kind and also stand up for those less fortunate. I want women every where to help each other be free of constraints that society tries to put on us. I could go on and on, but those are a couple things at least!
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