Women race to bring more diversity to fire departments

The first annual "Are You Brave Enough Race" took place in St. Mary's Park on Saturday.



The race was aimed to encourage more women to sign up for the upcoming firefighters test. 



Runners faced at least seven obstacles along their 3.8-mile race. The obstacles were designed to give them an idea of the tasks firefighters face. They involved hurdles like going through windows and heavy lifting while staying in balance.



Not all participants had to be a future firefighter to sign up. Sonia Gomez is the wife of a firefighter and came to the event to show her support.



"I think it's a great opportunity that women are being exposed to sign up and do a job that some may consider the greatest job in the world," Gomez said. 



The event was put together by the Vulcan Society and the United Women Firefighter's Organization.


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