All-female team makes history at Washington fire district

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  • Published: 01/23/2019 12:00 AM

VIDEO: When two firefighters clocked into work Monday, they didn't realize they'd be making history. In a first for Spokane County Fire District 8, an all-female firefighting team ran the paramedic unit. But Meg Williams and Jennifer Raudebaugh say despite Monday's milestone, it felt like any other day on the job. The two say they only found out about their history-making shift when their captain pointed it out. It was a first without much fanfare. Williams and Raudebaugh said they just wanted to do their jobs without making a big deal out of their historic shift. "The fire doesn't know I'm a woman. The fire doesn't know that I'm a volunteer. It doesn't care," Raudebaugh said. "So I have to be the best that I can be every single day. The public counts on it." They hope their community -- and this country -- can count on more women in the future when it comes to firefighting. Williams and Raudebaugh hope all-female teams like Monday's at Fire District 8 become the new norm in the firefighting community -- a field that is made up by just 7 percent of female firefighters. Monday, they say, was a step in the right direction.


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