North Carolina firefighter creates new program to close gender gap among firefighters

  • Source: WFMY-TV CBS 2 Greensboro
  • Published: 04/23/2021 12:00 AM

There is a huge gender gap in the world of firefighting. Only 8% of firefighters in the United States are female according to the National Fire Protection Association. The Greensboro Fire Department wants to bridge the gender gap through a new program. Camp Spark is the department's new initiative aimed at changing the narrative to get more women into fire stations. Brittany King came up with the idea in hopes more women will climb the ladder to a career in the fire service. She’s a seasoned fire fighter who recognized the lack of representation and wanted to do something about it. Just 6% of the Greensboro Fire Department is made up of women. “A big part of the reason why there are not a lot of females in the fire service is because of a lack of representation -- they don’t see women like them in the fire service," King said.


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