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Women in the Seattle Fire Service
Molly Williams, a former slave in New York City, is often reported to be the first known female firefighter. She became a member of Oceanus Engine Company #11 in about 1815. Unfortunately not much is recorded about her life, but she is thought to have played an important role during the blizzard of 1818.
Chief Nancy: First Woman Fire Chief
Serving in the Cedar Hill Volunteer Fire Department (Rhode Island) in the 1930s and 1940s, Nancy Allen became known as the first female fire chief in the world.
Dr. Sara Brown
Dr. Brown is the acting Director for the US Forest Service’s Human Performance and Innovation Organizational Learning Research, Development and Application (RD&A) Program of the Rocky Mountain Research Station, as well as the 2017 Early Career Award in Fire Operations Recipient and Fired Up Honoree.
Rosemary Roberts Cloud
Cloud was the first female African-American fire chief in the United States. She served as chief of the East Point department in Atlanta, Georgia from 2002 to 2015.