Shanah is an anomaly. As a female firefighter for the Oakland Fire Department No. 23, she’s one of the few women to work in the field. We followed along for one of her 24-hour shifts, where she talked camaraderie at the fire house, suiting up for the job, and why girls can do this, too.
“It’s the best job in the world, at least in my opinion,” she says. “There aren’t a lot of women in this job who are actually visible … The biggest misconception about the job I’d say is that there aren’t women that can actually do this.”
With exhausting shifts, averaging 24 hours on duty, she never knows what to expect — and admits that there’s never a smooth day.
“Knowing that I’m not going to know what’s going to happen that day, when it’s a grave situation, I don’t really think about it,” she says. “You know what you need to do, you know how to do it, you go in and you just get it done.”
Follow Shanah along as she shows us a day in the life of a firefighter.
“There are so many different lives you touch, and I’m extremely proud.”