Being an Professional Firefighting
Being a hero can come in all forms.
From an early age Quigz knew she wanted to do something heroic. Not something that solely mattered to herself, but something that would help others as well. Being a Female firefighter is just the sort of things that really brings an immense amount of pride and personal fulfillment to Quigz. Firefighters have always been heroes in society, and events such as 911 have always been a call for heroes to step forward.
How many in history there were we may never fully know.
In the fall of 2012, while using a SCBA breathing apparatus, Quigz entered her first burning building. It was at that exact moment Quigz realized this is where she was meant to be. While being calm and clear headed, as per training had instructed, Quigz moved through the building and completed the exercise. While it may be scary to most people to be surrounded by flames or in a life-threatening situation, firefighters are trained to stay calm, and let the training they undergo guide them through to safety. It is one of the biggest aspects of being a hero.
In 2012, Quigz volunteered at Farmington NH fire Department. While there she completed the Fire Academy Training Program. In 2013, Quigz began working for the Littleton fire Department in Littleton New Hampshire. After that Department training, I shortly after went to the New Hampshire fire Academy where I completed fire I, fire II and EMT. While working for the Littleton fire Department, Quigz also served on the Chamber of Commerce as well as worked on several charity events. Some of the more fulfilling events we the fire department pancake breakfast, softball games, and other public events that promoted firefighting and public goodwill.
After moving to Maine in 2016, Quigz started working as a firefighter/EMT at the Acton fire Department, as well as per diem at Shapleigh Rescue. By being an EMT and a Fire Fighter, Quigz gets to enjoy two of her primary passions that both involve saving lives. Quigz is currently attending AEMT school to further her career as well as continue to be a role model for everyone out there who wants to go through fire Academy and help save lives.
Interest in Firefighting continues to grow with women.
Today, more than 7,500 women now hold career firefighting and fire officer’s positions in the United States, with hundreds of counterparts in Canada, Great Britain, and other countries throughout the world. Among the volunteer and paid-on-call fire and EMS forces in the United States are perhaps 40-50,000 women firefighters, and thousands more EMT’s and paramedics.
The history of these women and their foremothers is long and proud, and continues to be written.