Fire Fighter


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.

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Fire season is here. Keep all the men and women out there fighting fire and protecting our forests and private property in your thoughts for this summer.