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Boise Fire Department recruiting more women

Posted at 9:24 PM, Dec 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-05 23:25:06-05

Nationwide, only about 2.5 percent of all firefighters are women.

So, if you're female and don't mind some heat, the local fire station is the place for you.

"We all have the drive and desire for action.  It's those types of people who take jobs like this," says Boise Fire Dept. recruit Kasey Hochmuht.

This year, Hochmuht is one of two female fire recruits.

That may not sound like a lot, but it is, considering there have been just three other female firefighters in the department's history.

A total of 12 new academy members are getting a chance to test their mettle on a practice burn.

And all the requirements are the same for men and women.

These days, there's far less emphasis on physical strength.

It's the mental aspects that are now taking priority, and with good reason.

"You don't realize how dark it is and how claustrophobic it is in the house," says Hochmuht,  "That's the nice thing about the training we've been through, it does prep us for that."

The Boise Fire Department has had just one female firefighter since 2007 and it is hoped the class of 2016 will inspire more women to get involved.