WATCH: These women are #Firefightingsexism one fire picture at a time

"Good morning! I heard your four y/o #daughter was discouraged because she felt she had to be a boy to be a #firefighter. In #Vancouver, we have awesome firefighters who happen to be women!" responded Fire Chiefs Darrell Reid with a picture of Chief Karen Fry and her team to a tweet that recently went viral.
"Good morning! I heard your four y/o #daughter was discouraged because she felt she had to be a boy to be a #firefighter. In #Vancouver, we have awesome firefighters who happen to be women!" responded Fire Chiefs Darrell Reid with a picture of Chief Karen Fry and her team to a tweet that recently went viral.

A fire service has sparked a global campaign after they shared images of their female firefighters. They were responding to a tweet from the mother of a 4-year-old girl interested in becoming a firefighter but who thought, because she was a girl, she couldn’t.


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“My 4yr old came home yesterday saying she wished she was a boy so she could be a fireman. When I said girls can be firefighters too she she said ‘but I’ve seen in books they are all boys and I don’t want to be the only girl.’ Any good vids/books I can show her?”

Hannah Summers ended off the quote with the hashtag: “#FirefightingSexism" – and that’s exactly what a group of firefighters did.


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In response, West Midlands Fire service made a short video of their firemen AND firewomen.

“Hello... I’m a firefighter and I’m a girl,” said one woman, followed by several others responding to little Esme.

“My name’s Samantha, I’m a girl, and we’re all firefighters.”

“Hi Esme, we’re firefighters and we’re girls.”

Other fire services from around the world joined in too, posting images of the brave women that make up their fire department. 


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And once news reached Hannah she was happy to respond that Esme was more determined than ever to follow her dreams.

“Esme has now watched the video – on repeat! And LOVES it. She now firmly believes 100% that she can be a girl AND a firefighter.”

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