Women become big part of firefighting force in Pennsylvania town

  • Source: WFMZ-TV 69 Allentown
  • Published: 11/16/2020 12:00 AM

VIDEO: With volunteer firefighter numbers dwindling in Pennsylvania, some fire companies said they're seeing a positive new trend when it comes to new recruits. "We have to be ready for the unexpected," said Lexi Thompson, a volunteer firefighter with Earl Township Fire Company, "ready for anything to take on." Lexi, Lauren, Katie and identical twin sisters Kendal and Jordan make up one-fifth of the Earl Township's fire company. That's a pretty big percentage for a male-dominated industry. "When I joined and saw all the females that were here, I was shocked," said Kendal Moyer, who joined two years after her twin sister, Jordan. "I didn't expect to be surrounded by such strong women." For some of them, it runs in their families, like Katie Groff, whose father and husband are also firefighters, or Lauren Dragan, whose locker says 'Lil Dragan,' because her father also volunteers for Earl Township. For all of them, there is a shared desire to help people.


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