Rest In Peace the 343 Firefighters that made the Ultimate Sacrifice at Manhattan Box No. 8087 on September 11th, 2001, as well as the many Civilians, Police Officers, and EMS Personnel that answered the Call of Duty.
Teresa Deloach Reed is the first black woman in the United States to lead a major fire department as Oakland’s Fire Chief. Since her appointment three years ago, the 28-year veteran firefighter wants to bring in more women to balance the ranks.
To encourage more applicants and prepare them for the rigorous physical tests, Reed invested in a wide range of training equipment available before the tests. “When the time comes for me to retire, I want to make sure there are women of color who will step up,” she said.