By Kent Berkley
Amanda Larson was co-recipient of the 2017 First Responder of the Year award presented by Sister Bay Liberty Grove Fire Chief Chris Hecht. Amanda says that she has never had a problem working a field traditionally held by men. According to the American Community Survey (ACS) Public Use Microdata Sample (PUMS) database, approximately 30 percent of emergency medical technicians & paramedics in the US are women. Amanda says that in her experience Gibraltar, Ephraim, and Sister Bay-Liberty Grove have cultures of gender inclusivity that affirm her role and value.
Amanda welcomes the opportunity to provide advice or support to women who might be considering a career in emergency response. She acknowledges that it can be a stressful profession, but adds that training provides workers with the tools and resources to cope with challenging situations. She adds that it is a great job for those who find meaning in helping people through difficult times.