NBC Green Bay highlights NPF’s support to an all-women fire crew through the experience of Emily Owens, a member of the Montana Conservation Corps. Read an excerpt from the article, “Females on the frontlines: St. Norbert College graduate is debunking stereotypes and helping diversify the fire industry,” below.
“Firefighter Emily Owens is a St. Norbert College graduate who’s not only debunking stereotypes in her career field, but is part of the groundbreaking efforts to help diversify the fire industry.
‘I didn't always get a lot of support as the only woman on a crew. There was a time when I was the only woman on a crew. There was a time when I was the only woman working on a prescribed fire and people didn't really bother learning my name. They just called me girl. That was really hard for me,’ Owens said.
Owens is part of the Montana Conservation Corps and thanks to a generous grant from the National Park Foundation, they were able to help launch a program to create an all women fire crew.”