5 female firefighters make history as first all-woman crew in Florida fire department’s 57-year history
For the first time in its 57-year history, the Palm Beach Gardens Fire Rescue has an all-female fire crew.
Made up of five women, the crew is getting lots of love and support from thousands across the country after the department shared a few pictures of the history-making team on social media.
Captain Monica Marzullo, Rescue lieutenants Krystyna Krakowski and Kelsey Krzywada, paramedic Julie Dudley, and driver Sandi Ladewski, posed for the camera as Krakowski’s daughter, Kodi, snapped a few photos to promote their non-profit, ‘Firefighters to the Rescue’, and to celebrate their crew of all women.
“It’s so empowering and at the same time, it’s humbling at how big it’s gotten,” Krakowski told GMA. “We are all lifting each other up because there’s a small quantity of us. We are each other’s biggest cheerleaders.”
The department posted the pictures to its Facebook page writing:
“We made history!!!! First time in our department we have have had an all female crew!!! It is beyond empowering to stand alongside these strong woman. Not only is it awesome to get to work with these badass ladies but it’s a special day.”
Krakowski said her all-woman team is also getting plenty of support from their male colleagues as well, applauding her crew by using hashtags like #sheshift, #shecommand and #estrogenexpress.
“It was funny, and that’s how our guys are supporting us,” she said.
The men at the station said the historic event was a momentous occasion for them as well.
“That day, the stars aligned, and it happened to be the day that Justice Ruth Ginsburg passed away as well, so it made the event even more special,” said Deputy Fire Chief of Operations James Ippolito.
“Our progressive staffing and recruitment efforts are reflected in that moment,” Ippolito said. “As an equal opportunity employer, anyone who meets the job performance expectations is qualified to work for our department, regardless of gender.
Krakowski said her message to the next generation of female firefighters is to keep breaking those glass ceilings.
“We can do anything. We are capable of anything. Don’t let anyone stop you,” she said.
Congratulations team! There is no doubt that you have and will continue to inspire others through leading by example. There are thousands of little girls who just got really, excited. Stay safe out there.