ENTERPRISE, Ala. (WDHN) — Firefighting is usually looked at as a male-dominated profession.
But recently, the enterprise fire department broke the trend as they hired the first female firefighter Brithany Dookie.
“It’s a privilege to be honest it’s a good feeling even though the guys make me feel like one of the guys so I don’t feel any different,” Dookie said. “But people tell me oh you’re making history and stuff. It hasn’t really sunk in yet but its a good feeling.”
Dookie is a native of the island nation Trinidad and Tobago, but she started gearing up for her firefighting career in New York where she worked out daily and started inquiring about EMT education. Her journey led her down to the Wiregrass area where she trained at the Wiregrass Public Safety Center in Dothan and soon landed a role with the Ozark Fire Department.
Enterprise fire chief Chris Davis said after talking to her instructors and those who have worked with her, he knew she had a passion for the job.
“They said as far as an informal leader she took over with her positive attitude and the fact she was the first to show up and the last to leave and just love knowledge,” Fire Chief Chris Davis said.
Dookie said she’s honored to be a part of the history books but most importantly she hopes this paves the way for more women to join the profession.
“I hope it does motivate some young girls out there and gives them a little push to come to this because they can once you put your mind to it and you work hard and put that work behind it, it’s gonna happen,” She said.