An Illinois woman has made history in Joliet after becoming their first female firefighter- but what did she do before taking on the new job?
Well, as it turns out, Carissa Smith was a member of the Downers Grove Police Department, a firefighter with the Morris Fire Protection District and served as a medic in the US Army.
“She has a very significant background,” Joliet Deputy Fire Chief Gref Blaskey said. “All of her previous work experience will translate very well for us at the Joliet Fire Department.”
While she’s only a recruit, the odds are pretty good that she will pass the fire academy and find a new home at one of JFD’s stations.
According to Joliet Patch, Smith is one of eight recruits who are on their way to becoming fully-fledged members of Joliet Fire.