Local firefighters aim to teach women that the field is not just for men

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It's a career held primarily by men, but the Superstition Fire and Medical District wants people to know girls can be firefighters too.
 
That's why they held a big event to show off what it takes to be a firefighter.
 
Alexandria Quintero is being put through her paces.
 
“It's an eye opener to see what you have to get ready for,” she says.  
 
She is one of a handful of females learning what it's like to go through the rigorous tests it takes to become a firefighter.
 
For Quintero, this is something she's always wanted to do. Her dad is a fire captain.
 
“I figured out this is what I wanted to do about a year or two ago,” says Quintero. “We're running an intern style camp, called Camp Fires. It's to expose young gals to the fire service so they can at least consider it when they're figuring out their career path.”
 
The women who signed up for this informational class learned all the ins and outs of the job, including basic firefighting skills, medical skills and CPR.
 
“The fire service is a unique job,” says Quintero. “It's very challenging in of itself both physically [and] emotionally.”
 
With the job primarily dominated by males, this is a way to show women that they too can be a firefighter.
 
“All I saw was men… I think I only knew one woman in the firefighters. It's not just a men’s career, it's for women as well.”
 
“There's a place for us -- we're very pertinent and we have a good role, it’s fun and we're relevant in the fire service, definitely, there's a place for us, us gals! 
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