All-female firefighter crew makes history in Florida

by Jeffrey Swindoll · Sep 27th, 2020 10:42 am
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Last Updated Sep 28th, 2020 at 11:59 pm

A crew of firefighters in Florida became the first all-female crew since the department's founding in 1963.

"It's the first time we had in our department a female as a captain, a driver, a firefighter, rescue lieutenant, and a medic," said Krystyna Heiser Krakowski, Rescue Lieutenant at Palm Beach Gardens Fire Rescue.

The team officially began its service on September 18, the same day Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died.

"That day the stars aligned and it happened to be the day that Justice Ruth Ginsburg passed away as well so it made the event even more special," said James Ippolito, Palm Beach Gardens' deputy fire chief of operations.

🔦 Women make up 3.3% of firefighters in the United States.


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