Check us OUT! There are still areas in which we are in mosey mode, mind, but occasionally, Winston-Salem makes progressive leaps well before larger cities presumed to be more modern, more forward-thinking.
From the Women in the Fire Service FAQ:
Who was the first woman firefighter?
As far as we currently know, the first woman to be paid for fighting fires was Sandra Forcier, who was hired as a Public Safety Officer -- a combination police officer and firefighter -- by the City of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, on July 1, 1973. Forcier moved into a fire-only position four years later. Battalion Chief Sandra (Forcier) Waldron retired from Winston-Salem in 2004.
From the Winston-Salem Professional Fire Fighters Association:
Retired Battalion Chief and Local 682 member Sandra Waldron is listed on the web site for Women in the Fire Service as the first female career firefighter in the US.
...IAFF Local 682 supports and represents a skilled, motivated and diverse workforce that includes both our brother AND sister members.