On October 21, 2023, the Suffolk County Fire Academy hosted a seminar and field training for women in the fire service. In attendance were women from as far away as Brooklyn, Bridgehampton and Fire Island. Over 50 women attended. Guest speakers from the Cancer Network support group were: FDNY Michele Fitzsimons (retired Battalion Chief); Donna Luce McDonald (retired firefighter from Engine 3 of Providence, Rhode Island Fire Department) and Christina Schoeck, Deputy Chief of the Meriden, Connecticut Fire Department. All discussed the hazards of preventing cancer and the proper wearing and maintaining of PPEs. In the afternoon session the women were in the field for instructions on, extraction, forcible entry and more.

– Fire News photos and story by Jim Dunn