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Montgomery County Fire Chiefs Association honors female firefighters for International Women’s Day

Historically, firefighting has been a male-dominated field, but the number of female firefighters has been on a steady increase every year. According to Women in Fire, approximately 40,000 women in the United States are currently active in the volunteer fire service. Female firefighters are proving anyone can fight fires at their local fire company. For International Women’s Day, Montgomery County Fire …

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Volunteer Voices: Elaina Duke

Junior firefighter Elaina Duke volunteers at two Montgomery County fire stations, Upper Gwynedd Fire Department and Telford Fire Company. Elaina joined Telford Fire Company after attending its summer cadet program, a weeklong firefighter experience for youth ages 14 to 17. “By the first day I completely fell in love with firefighting and I knew I wanted to volunteer ever since,” …

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Volunteer Voices: Ray Forlano

Although Ray Forlano is a new member of Towamencin Fire Company, he grew up volunteering in Montgomery County at La Mott Fire Company with family and friends. He moved to Towamencin roughly nine years ago and stopped volunteering, but due to a recent career shift he decided to get involved again. “I saw signs around the county and figured since …