POTTSTOWN, Pa. - Jamie Kreidler was 19 when she realized her love for firefighting.
A picture she showed WFMZ's Holly Harrar shows the moment she realized it. Her heart for firefighting brought her to Pottstown Fire Department, where she's the first female career firefighter ever hired.
"When I come to work I don't view myself as the first female. I come to work and I'm a firefighter just like everybody else," Kreidler said.
Kreidler is a Northampton County native. She went to Wilson Area High School and graduated from West Chester. She's one of three career firefighters for Goodwill Fire Company at Pottstown.
While telling us about her experience so far, duty called and Kreidler sprang into action. It was a short call, thankfully, no injuries or major damage, so we followed her back to the station.
"I'm not a 9:00 to 5:00, Monday to Friday type of girl," Kreidler said.
Jamie works 24-hour shifts and then is off for 48. Every job takes a little getting used to.
She showed us around her new digs, complete with a an active 911 board and the multi-colored bag she carries with her on the rig. She says the guys joke with her from time to time, but that doesn't stop her from reminding them that girls rule.
"They didn't know what they were missing before they had pink in the firehouse," Kreidler said.