Cleveland Fire Department Seeing More Women Firefighters In A Field That’s Been Male-Dominant For Years

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WEWS) — Making sure police and fire department staffing is reflective of the community they serve has been a goal of many cities over the last few years. The Cleveland Fire Department has done several things to recruit more women, but one small change made a big difference.

In January 2019, Lauren Phillips made history as Cleveland Fire’s first female firefighter hired in 30 years. Lauren says once she joined the fire department, the women who were there before she retired, so for a while, it was just her. “I don’t really have an issue with it. I knew what I was coming into. I knew I was going to be surrounded by a bunch of dudes,” said Phillips.

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