Academy Helps Girls Explore Firefighting Careers

She’s a junior at Greeley West High School, and she’s spent a lot of time thinking about her future. She decided firefighting was something she wanted to consider.

Tuesday afternoon, Reese and nine other high school-aged girls from northern Colorado practiced suiting up in the protective gear and breathing apparatuses firefighters use on the job at the Aims Community College’s inaugural Young Women Xplore Academy. A cadre of female firefighters encouraged them, shared stories of their experiences and helped them learn how to use the equipment.

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