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All-Female Crew Makes History at Milwaukee Fire Department


CAROLINE, HOW MANY WOMEN ARE
PART OF THE MILWAUKEE FIRE
DEPARTMENT?>>THEY ONLY MAKE UP 1% TO 2% OF
THE ENTIRE DEPARTMENT, SO THIS
IS THE FIRST TIME IT WAS ONLY
WOMEN WHO WALKED THROUGH THESE
DOORS. A SEMI PLANNED, BUT NOT SET
IN STONE SCHEDULE. NOVEMBER 8 WAS THE FIRST TIME
FIVE MILWAUKEE FIREFIGHTERS
SHOWED UP TO WORK, THIS TIME
WITH AN ALL WOMEN CREW.>>WE HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT
THIS FOR FIVE YEARS, PRETTY MUCH
SINCE THE DAY WE STARTED.>>WE YELLED GIRL POWER MAYBE A
WE HAD A THEME SONG. HUNDRED TIMES THAT DAY.>>THE FEMALES DOING THIS JOB
TOGETHER AND BEING OUT THERE AND
BEING A FORCE, ESPECIALLY WHEN
WE ALL CAME OUT TO A RUN AND
THEY SAW ALL FEMALES.>>MORE THAN 700 FIREFIGHTERS
MAKE UP MILWAUKEE’S FORCE. ONLY 25 ARE WOMEN. IT IS A JOLTING FACT FOR THE
LADIES HERE NOW THROWN INTO THE
SPOTLIGHT.>>IT SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN A IT
FIRST. SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN THAT BIG OF
A DEAL.>>IT SHOULDN’T BE WEIRD, BUT IT
IS IN THIS MALE DOMINATED
PROFESSION.>>AND WHILE IT MAY HAVE BEEN
THE FIRST TIME THEY’RE HOPING IT
ISN’T THE LAST.>>I HOPE THAT WHETHER IT IS
MONTHS FROM NOW, A YEAR FROM NOW
SIX OR TOMORROW IF THERE IS AN
ALL-GIRL CREW WORKING, IT IS
JUST THE NORM.>>I WANT ALL OF OUR YOUNG
LADIES TO KNOW, ALL OF OUR
LITTLE GIRLS TO WHEN YOU ASK
WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE
, FIREFIGHTER, FIRE CHIEF.>>IT WAS A BUSY DAY. THEY WENT OUT ON EIGHT OR CALLS. NINE WOMEN JOINED THE

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