Lexington Fire Department Recognizes First All-Female Crew

Oct 16, 2013

The Lexington Fire Department recently marked a unique milestone.

L to R, Captain Maria Roberts, Sarah McGill, and Amanda Arbogast
L to R, Captain Maria Roberts, Sarah McGill, and Amanda Arbogast
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History was made during a call to extinguish a brush fire on North Martin Luther King Ave. On September 5th, Captain Maria Roberts, Firefighter Amanda Arbogast, and Firefighter Sarah McGill took part in a first for the Lexington Fire Department.

"It's the first time that we know of, from the research we've done, that an all-female crew manned a Lexington fire truck and then, researching beyond that, it looks like it's also the first time in the state of Kentucky that's happened," says Joe Best with the Lexington Fire Department.

Best says only about 3.5 percent of paid, career, professional firefighters in the country are female, and most of those work in the forestry service.

Women have been serving in the local fire department since 1985.

Best says the department took notice of the all-female crew in September, but waited to mark the milestone in order to search their records, which run all the way back to 1790, before making the announcement.