Female firefighters: A renewed debate?

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    The death of Joyce Craig-Lewis, as the first female Philadelphia firefighter killed in the line of duty, could spark old questions about women in hazardous jobs.

    “The danger is not specific to women,” notes Angela Hughes, incoming president of iWomen, a national organization of women firefighters. “It requires a lot of strength and physical stamina, and we all face that.”

    Hughes, a lieutenant with the Baltimore County Fire Department, discussed the challenges women have faced when joining the ranks of firefighters.

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