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Young Women's Fire Academy helps teach girls in male dominated field

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Women on fire crews are widely outnumbered by men both across the country and in Iowa's biggest cities. 

Cedar Rapids has 5 female firefighters on it's 144 person crew which is in line with the national average at 3.4%. 

There are 3 women on both the Iowa City and Dubuque fire crews while Waterloo has 1 on their 144 person team. 

Cedar Rapids Firefighter Amy Kunkle says they wanted to put on the Young Women's Fire Academy to give women the chance to learn early on, something she did not have when she dove into the field.

 "So that they would know what firefighting is about, and that they could actually do something like this," says Kunkle. 

Fourteen young women are participating in the academy this week, their ages range from 15-19. 

"It's kind of cool just being able to have this, and have women who are close to my age and not so close to my age to kind of look up to and go to for questions and advice, says Carissa Lee. 

Lee is one of multiple of the girls who are considering firefighting as a career. 
"I'm very excited about it and I hope like if other girls want to do it they can see other girls that are in the field and look up to them," says Molly Duckett. 
This is the first time the department has held the Young Women's Fire Academy. 

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