2 women make Philadelphia Fire Department history

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Two women made history in the Philadelphia Fire Department (WPVI)

Two women made history Monday in the Philadelphia Fire Department.

Linda Long was promoted to be the city's first female Fire Battalion Chief and Crystal Yates became the first African-American woman to serve as the Chief of Paramedic Services.

Yates, Long, and 22 other candidates were sworn-in to their new ranks at the Fire Academy in Northeast Philadelphia.

Fire Commissioner Adam Thiel says the department has been making a deliberate effort to recruit women firefighters and paramedics.


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