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Texas fire department hires first female firefighter in its history

Bree Rios.

(Harlingen Fire Dept.)

For the first time in its 105-year history, the fire service in south Texas has hired a woman as one of the firefighters.

Bree Rios was officially adopted on April 12, at 108 men on the Harlingen Fire Dept.

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“Here in Harlingen, it is a first and I am proud to be that person,” Rios told KGBT. “It is just something that I wanted to do since I was young.”

Rios will be a company active in the fire service. Her father, Victor, has worked as an engineer for more than 20 years.

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“When she was little, she told me, ‘Well, one of these days I will go together with you, daddy,'” said Victor.

Now, father and daughter will work together.

“If you put your mind to something and you really want to do it, go out and do it,” He said. “It can happen”.

Previous women had tried to get the fire brigade in the city, but Rios was the only one in passed the fire department exam, she have it on her third attempt.

But Rios will not work with the fire department directly until they have completed orientation and a firefighter course during the next four months.

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