So, she wants to be a Firefighter?
It’s much less common to see girls, especially young girls interested in firefighting as a career path. However, if she’s anything like Estella Coffee, a wildland firefighter from Oklahoma, her interest may be in the navy or military first, before finding the joy in joining a squad or hotshot crew like Estella did.
After talking with Estella in her interview with Nongirly, we learned just how fast paced, intense, and exhilarating it can be to have a career as a wildland firefighter; especially when you’re one of the few who land a unique position as a hot shot – the elite “special forces” of the firefighting community. Moreover, these types of firefighters take on the largest, most difficult fires – the ones that can wipe out entire forests and span for miles before being snuffed out.
From what has been displayed online, in movies, and on tv, firefighting can seem like a scary occupation – one that’s dangerous, physically challenging, and emotionally draining. And while firefighting can be all of these things, it’s also exciting, dependent on building good relationships with crewmates, and extremely rewarding, especially to those who move up in rank to become officers, team leaders, and captains. Also, it requires strength of character and strong intuition as well as the ability to listen, learn, and work well with others. Don’t underestimate women in fire, they’re just as strong as the boys.
It’s also important to acknowledge that there are many different types of firefighters that someone can be! For example, aside from traditional firefighting, there are also opportunities for her to become a wildland firefighter, a firefighting engineer, an EMT, a fire investigator, or even a fire marshal.
Fostering her curiosity and passion
Before zeroing in on her preferred career path, there are lots of fun ways to get her excited about firefighting now while she’s still young and curious! For example, you can foster her curiosity with thoughtful firefighter-themed gifts. Therefore, we’ve compiled a list of fantastic firefighter-themed gifts we think she’ll love! If you like these firefighter-themed gifts and would like more recommendations, be sure to check out our full catalog linked here.
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Kids Firefighter Hat
HEROES IN TRAINING | Calling on all future Firefighters! Now your child can help save the day, (imaginatively of course) while wearing our fun, hard plastic, Fire Chief Hat for kids.
Firefighter costume for dress-up
Great firefighter costume for dress-up play! This Fireman role play set is easy to care and has got enough room to layer underneath if more warmth is needed. It not only great for Halloween, but also perfect for theme party...
Girl Firefighter Coloring Book
Celebrate Kids holidays with this fun-packed Firefighter Activity Book! This coloring book for kids features colorful patterns and in mind and will allow them to develop their observational skills! Inside you will find bright and colorful pages that will catch...
Tough Girls Save Lives Shirt
Graphic t-shirt with helmet, axes and fire design to support women firefighters! Makes a great gift for your favorite female firefighter or any tough girl you know! Tough Girls Save Lives!
Move Over Boys Let A Girl Show you How
Show those boys that girls can fight fires too with this stylish hoodie
Send a Girl!: The True Story of How Women
An inspiring children's book about how women joined the FDNY! Brenda Berkman was often told that she couldn't do certain things because she was a girl. When she grew up, she longed for a job that was challenging, different every...
Molly, by Golly!: The Legend of Molly Williams, America's
Wonderful children's book about America's first female fire fighter! New York City’s Fire Company Number 11 is in trouble. A deadly snowstorm is blowing, and many of the volunteers are sick in bed. When the fire alarm sounds, who will...
Barbie Firefighter Playset
Kids can explore a world of career fun with the Barbie firefighter doll and playset! Role-play accessories include a fire extinguisher, a megaphone, a fire hydrant and her trusty dalmatian puppy pal. Kids will love the firefighter theme and storytelling...
This Princess Wears Fire Boots PopSockets
Show how brave and courageous you are with this firefighter gift for women who wear fire boots! This firewoman gift is ideal for a firefighter woman, rescuer and a true princess who does not wear glass slippers. If you are...
Just A Girl Who Dreams To Be A Fire
This Awesome Wide Ruled Notebook is The Perfect Gift For Fire Fighter Dreamers.