PORT ALLEN, LA — A big change for the Port Allen Fire Department. The department's first ever female firefighter started her first shift Sunday.
"It's kind of a privilege that they actually trust me enough to do their job, and they had never had any other female do it before," Alex Thibodeaux, first female Port Allen firefighter, said.
For firefighter Alex Thibodeaux helping people is a family tradition.
"Dad was a volunteer firefighter when I was little," She said. "My brother is an EMT."
She started out as an EMT, but she knew she wanted to do more.
"Working in that field you see what all the firefighters do," She said. "It just makes you fall in love with it."
Then she got the offer she'd been waiting for.
"Mr. Boudreaux [chief of the Port Allen Fire Department] came up to me on scene one time and said come work for me and I went and worked for him," Thibodeaux described.
She became the first ever female firefighter for the Port Allen Fire Dept.
Thibodeaux would like to see more women join the fire department, but she understands it's a tough career choice.
"You're there on the worst days of peoples lives. Their children may be trapped in cars or burning houses. A lot of women can't really handle that," Thibodeaux explained.
Thibodeaux said she's up for the challenge.
"I want to be there to save their kid. I want to be there to save their mom their grandma their dog who ever," Thibodeaux stated. "Somebody has got to do the job. I mean not everyone can handle it, but if you can do it you might as well."
Thibodeaux graduated the LSU-FETI Recruit Academy on Friday, August 9.