PHOENIX - It's a physically demanding job, and for that reason some people immediately rule women out for the position.
"When people think firefighter, they usually think fireman," says Cpt. Reda Riddle-Bigler.
In 16 years with the department, Riddle-Bigler has seen many things change in women's favor.
"There's unisex bathrooms and separate dorm rooms," she said, "and when I first got on the job we still had community dorm rooms."
There's good reason for this as the department is learning some calls need a woman's touch.
"Sometimes they would rather talk to me," said first-year firefighter Jordan Ewan. "It makes out calls go smoother and makes them more comfortable."
"There's been multiple calls where I felt like the customer was more comfortable talking to a female," said Mackenzie Tardiff.
If you would like more information on how you can sign up to be a firefighter, visit the Phoenix Fire Department's website.