New Duluth Fire Captain: "I've always wanted to be one of the guys."

By KBJR News 1

July 7, 2014 Updated Jul 7, 2014 at 10:06 PM CST

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - When a call comes in, firefighters need to be ready to go at moment's notice. They know every second counts.

Among the firefighters responding to a recent training exercise in the Miller Hill area was 34-year-old Lisa Consie.

The Biwabik-native signed on with the Duluth Fire Department nine years ago.

Now she's a captain, the first woman to carry the title in department history.

"It's exciting. The promotion is very humbling," Consie said.

Consie is responsible for the safety of her crew, making split second decisions in dangerous situations.

"To see her rise up the ranks is pretty impressive," said Duluth Assistant Fire Chief Clint Reff. "She's always trying to learn and improve her skills. She used to be a former paramedic and she just continues to have our department grow with that."

Consie's husband, Mike, who is also a fire captain, was there for her every step of the way.

He and Lisa don't see each other much at home because of their opposite schedules, but they share a mutual understanding.

"When you come home you get to talk about some of the calls you actually had gone on. The other person can relate really well," Mike Consie said.

Whether it's a training exercise or a real call, in a predominantly male-dominated profession, Lisa Consie stands out.

"I've always wanted to be one of the guys and I've been treated like one of the guys," Lisa Consie said.

She says she enjoys serving her community.

Lisa Consie is one of 11 women with the Duluth Fire Department.

Women make up about 8.5 percent of the total firefighting staff.

Written by Kevin Jacobsen
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