Being the only woman in the firehouse early on in your career, how was that dynamic?
“I think it goes two ways. I think if men give women opportunity to show they can do the job, like you do anybody else, and not kind of close their minds to the idea of having a woman work alongside of them, or think that a woman cannot do the same things, women can do this job. And we work as a team, nobody works alone and one of the things that needs to get across is that women and men work together, side by side. You work as a team. And on a team, everybody has a part to play in it. So it’s no one person alone. That should never be. And I mean, when there’s a will, there’s a way and we may not do it quite the same way that they do it, but we can do it. I worked with some great women over my career, some have retired already, and some are younger women who we’re trying to mentor and show that they can do this too. And just keep studying, keep working hard, you know keep doing what you do basically.”