The fire chief says having a female firefighter makes management better

Shannon Richter is one of the few female firefighters in Milwaukee County.  She has been a firefighter for 23 years and currently works for the City of Greenfield.

When Shannon Antwin is out in public with her impressive outfit, she receives a lot of comments, questions, and stares. “What do I call you?” one girl asked.

Antoine said the fireman is fine.

She knows she is a role model and would like to see more female firefighters. “The females add another dimension to the department,” said Antoine.

There is an event on May 9th – sponsored by the Women’s Non-Traditional Employment Association – to learn about firefighting/EMS job opportunities.

Antwin began her career as a firefighter after realizing that pursuing a business major at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater was not the right fit. When she saw a woman in a rescue outfit on campus, she asked about it.

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