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California Woman Releases Memoir about being one of the First Female Firefighters

Jan Mendoza was 18 years old, 5’2” and 95 pounds when she answered the call to be a wildland firefighter for CDF in 1978. She was one of 26 women in the entire state of California to be hired as a seasonal firefighter.

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May 17, 2012 - PRLog -- The year was 1978 and a girl had never stepped foot to work at her assigned duty station in its 50 year history. It was definitely a man's world and some weren't happy when this very petite young girl showed up for duty. She not only surprised herself of her abilities and stamina, she also surprised her male counterparts.  Since there were absolutely no accommodations for women, she had to share sleeping quarters and the bathroom with her all male co-workers.  Jan worked along side of hundreds of male firefighters, some being inmates for days on end.

From the mundane everyday station work to battling raging forest fires with near death experiences, Jan tells her story with humor and honesty of being the first and only girl at a remote mountain fire station in Northern

All proceeds of Fire Girl will go to the Wildland Fire Fighter Foundation.

Book is available on Kindle, Nook, Ipad, Barnes and Noble and Amazon

Jan Mendoza can be reached for interviews at:



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Source:Far West Publishing
Location:Sacramento - California - United States
Tags:Fire-fighting, Firefighter, Female Firefighter, Fire, Memoir, Cal Fire, Cdf, California, Redding, Women Fire fighter
Last Updated:May 17, 2012
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