2nd Annual Women’s Expo hosted by Rochester Fire Department

Published: May. 20, 2023 at 7:38 PM CDT
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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) – The Rochester Fire Department hosted its 2nd Annual Women’s Expo Saturday.

Women ages 15 and older had the opportunity to participate in six different stations ranging from a physical agility test, forcible entry, to a ladder climb where participants climbed a 105-foot aerial ladder.

Each station helped to showcase what exactly firefighters do.

The goal of the free event was to offer girls and women a chance to see firsthand that being a firefighter is attainable and is a rewarding career choice.

“Women can do anything we want to do. Anybody can be a firefighter, if you are really interested in it. Don’t, don’t do it just because you’re scared or just because you don’t you can. Anybody can do anything, you just have to have a big heart and the will to do it,” mentions Mandee Marx, a firefighter with the Rochester Fire Department.

According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, only 5% of firefighters are female. Between five firehouses, the Rochester Fire Department employs four female firefighters.