Cincinnati Fire Department recruiting, seeking more women
CINCINNATI (WKRC) - It's a physical job, but it's all about service. The Cincinnati Fire Department needs more people. The numbers are dropping because veterans are retiring. Keshia Terry has been with the department for five years and loves it. She’s one of only a few women with CFD.
“You hear the history of the fire department, it's firemen. Well, we can have fire women, too. We have over 800 firefighters in this city. Only 42 of them are female, so we definitely need more women,” Terry said.
The department is having a recruiting blitz, looking for people who want to serve.
Assistant Chief Steve Breitfelder said, “We're looking for really anybody that's up for the challenge, that likes physical work, that likes serving the public, that likes helping people. Someone who's dedicated and committed to the job.”
They've been getting out to stores, schools, and community centers signing people up. The goal is to put together a new class of recruits.
Terry has been out encouraging women to sign up.
“Don't think well I’m a female so I can't left as much as a male can or I can't pull a body out of a burning building. Yes, yes. You absolutely can and that's something that we can teach you,” said Terry.
Breitfelder added, “One of our goals as far as recruiting is to have the most diversified, qualified fire department that we can have and there's nothing more proud than to be out there in the public and say, I work for the Cincinnati Fire Department. We are the first professional fire department in the nation and that's something to be very proud of to be a part of that.”
Terry says many people think the majority of what they do is run into burning buildings. She says that is part of it, but a lot of their runs are medical.
There's a chance to fill out applications and ask questions Friday from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the main library downtown. You can sign up through Monday.