Benton Co. Fire District #1's female firefighters are proud to inspire

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  • Published: 02/22/2018 05:30 PM

Small. Dangerous. Weak. These are all things some might say to describe why women shouldn't be firefighters. But the women of Benton County Fire District #1 are here to bust those stereotypes. Meet Lt. Tracy Baker, Yvette Sanders, Masha Sells, and Kayte Salter. Each one of them joined the department for different reasons, but one thing was the same: they wanted to do their part for the community. Working in a predominantly male occupation hasn't deterred these women one bit. "Its not always about the brute strength," said Sanders. "There's a lot to know and to be knowledgeable about to be able to put out a fire." So why is it that firefighting can get lost on the list of career possibilities for young girls? When you ask kids when they're younger what they want to be when they grow up, the sky is the limit.


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