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(Courtesy of the Groveland Fire Department)


All-women class the latest addition to Massachusetts fire department

September 7, 2016

The Groveland Fire Department is adding five firefighters to its 32-member staff — and they’re all women! The new additions mean that about 20 percent of the department will be female – which is quite exceptional in a field as male-dominated as firefighting. According to the latest statistics, only 3.4 percent of career firefighters in the U.S. are women. “The decision to hire these five women is consistent with our mission, our strategic plan and our organizational transformation,” Chief Robert Lay said. “Whether departments are career or call, doesn’t change the importance of creating a diverse work environment. We’re excited to add these women to our roster of talented firefighters,” the department wrote in a statement on its website.

Two of the women, Lisa Evans and Alyssa Bosch, will be joining their husbands, who already work as firefighters at the department. The others come from various backgrounds. Jennifer Hicks is a special education teacher with an M.A. in psychology, Courtney Panaro is a student in fire protection and safety technology who’s wanted to be a firefighter since she was a little girl and Megan Shea is a student planning on getting her degree in nursing.

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