Becoming a firefighter is not an easy task. The competition is fierce and the physical requirements are grueling, especially if you’re a woman. The LA County Fire department has faced criticism in the past for its lack of diversity. Two percent of the county’s firefighters are women, but the department is taking steps to get more women out there saving lives and putting out fires. Go inside the Women's Fire Prep Academy.
Katie Martin straps on her breath apparatus and puts on her oxygen mask.
Photo: Jenny Hamel