Listen To The Pep Talk This Latina Told Herself As She Stepped Into Work As The Only Woman Firefighter In Her Team
She is rocking her job, from delivering babies to putting out fires.
Sarina Olmo is a woman in love with her job. She’s a badass firefighter for the New York City Fire Department’s Engine 83 Ladder 29. Firefighting has long been a male-dominated arena. With the addition of Olmo and her graduating Fire Academy class in 2008, women are taking more roles in the field. According to Join FDNY, they now have the most women on staff since they first started hiring women 40 years ago.
The Puerto Rican New York native, a member of the United Women Firefighters, has worked as a New York City firefighter since she graduated the academy in 2008 and has been loving every minute of it. Olmo is definitely breaking down barriers in a career where 7 percent of the workforce are women and about 10 percent of the workforce is Latino.
“It’s not a field you see too many women in,” Olmo told NBC News.
“I feel like I have an extended second family. I’m close with the guys at the firehouse. We do sports and activities and call on each other when there are hard times,” Olmo continued.
Back in 2011, Olmo made headlines when she helped deliver a baby boy in an apartment bathroom.
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“The young lady was lying on the floor,” Olmo, a mother of a young son, told New York Daily News. “The head and shoulders were out but the cord was around the baby’s neck and he was stuck. I cut the cord and delivered the baby and he responded right away. He was very pink and he was beautiful.”
“It’s the greatest job in the world,” Olmo told Join FDNY.
She continued saying: “Very fulfilling and worth all of the hard work.”
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