So this is more to vent than anything else. I am new to the fire department and am switching over from EMS. On the ambulance I am respected and trusted because I have seen the calls and been there and worked side by side with the others on my service. However, now as I join the fire department for the first time no one is respecting not because I'm new and am learning that I would at least understand but no they are not respecting me because I am a female! There is a woman who has been on our volunteer department for 17 years! She is the first to volunteer for things and the first one to help teach someone no matter what sex they are! Well she put in her application for captain this year and is now being treated differently because she dared to try for an officer position. To give you a history she would be the first female officer our department has ever had! It makes me want to just stick to EMS, I am really enjoying firefighting when the right people are around me it makes me almost not want to go when the pager goes off! I just don't know how to handle it or what to do? I don't want to be driven out because of my sex. Sometimes people make me wonder.