VIDEO: Two years ago, the Decatur Fire Department made a name for itself when it became the first and only fire department in the country to hold an all-female command.
Today, they continue to hold that title, and last weekend the department celebrated a personal stride on Instagram when every one of their responding fire units had a woman as their fire apparatus operator. A fire apparatus operator is one of the most vital positions when out in the field. They operate and drive the fire truck and are in charge of all of the equipment at the scene of an incident. This includes carrying and unloading the ladder, providing water through hydrants and hose lines, supervising personnel and more.
Fire Inspector Lashawna Bussey knows this job well as she was one of the apparatus operators on call during this milestone.