Jamie Jordan was the first female firefighter hired by the City Of Semmes Fire Department in 2015. This past Friday, February 2, 2018 she graduated from the Alabama Fire College Smoke Diver Course and now is recognized as the first Alabama female firefighter to successfully complete the difficult and strenuous professional challenge.
Many female Alabama firefighters have attempted the course, which gives no consideration for gender, but none have overcome the accelerated and intense boot camp-like, week long, physically and psychologically intense process. Many try, men and women, and most fail – many on the first day. In some classes everyone fails.
The Smoke Diver Course is an advanced level firefighting course designed to teach the firefighter the limitations and capabilities of their equipment and the firefighter’s own physical endurance and mental toughness. The course is pretty much a week of H-E-double L!
The Smoke Diver Course includes respiratory hazards, firefighter safety, and emergency operations and involves tasks in smoke filled, close quarters until the firefighter is totally out of air and must give all they have in order to survive.
Jamie Jordan was pushed well beyond normal abilities; she was pushed over the edge and was required to return for more punishment. As a result of overcoming the course’s demanding obstacle course and mental challenges, she is better prepared to serve Semmes Fire & Rescue with greater confidence and enhanced skills. When a fellow firefighter calls “mayday” or a child needs to be carried down a ladder away from a burning building, Jamie has proven she is up to the call.