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Kristin Crowley – LA’s Newest Fire Chief

On Friday, the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) swore in Kristin Crowley, the first female and openly gay fire chief the city has had! She joined the department 23 years ago. She moved to LA hoping to become a doctor, so she did and internship as a paramedic with the department. But once she walked into the fire station she thought “…this is what I’m supposed to do” she said for an interview with CBS News. Being a woman in the force was not easy for her. She said that she was often the only woman in her battalion. She was also teased and had to deal with other firefighters taking her spot, making her have to constantly prove herself. As chief, she will make changes to have a more diverse department.

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