The Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACoFD) is proud to celebrate Women’s History Month. During the month of March, the LACoFD will feature women who are making history everyday at the Department.
On March 6, LACoFD Fire Fighter Siene Freeman was featured for her perseverance and bravery. She joined the Department at the age of 43 years old in 2016. For many years, she wanted to pursue her dream career in the fire service. It was not until learning of her younger sister’s cancer diagnosis in 2014, the wife and mother of two decided to switch careers and follow her life-long dream of becoming a firefighter.
“My children are my motivation. For my daughter, I want her to know that if she puts her mind to something, she can achieve it,” said Fire Fighter Freeman. “Nothing holds us back but ourselves.”
The following week, we highlighted the inclusive efforts of Ocean Lifeguard Specialist Lidia Barillas. In 2001, she began her career as a recurrent LACoFD lifeguard before promoting in 2007 to her current full-time position. Her family supports her career choice as they have always instilled the importance of helping others.
As Chair of the LACoFD’s Lifeguard Division’s Women’s Committee, she advocates for issues that impact women and celebrate diversity in the workplace, especially in the field of lifeguarding.
OLS Barillas says: “I’ve seen a paradigm shift with more doors opening up because of the women before us who blazed the trail – and I feel very confident in the future. I know there are great things ahead.”
In the weeks to come, we will feature a few more trail-blazing women at the LACoFD.
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