How was it?
“It was great! Very cold, very tedious, can’t see anything, but worth every minute of it to find what you’re looking for, you feel accomplished.”
This is Dawn Ramsey still in the water after completing a portion of her diver training for the Shreveport Fire Department Dive Team.
In water with a temp of 37 degree’s and below, in the January weather.
“The training for this is called public safety diver, we learn ropes, we learn how to go into an atmosphere that you don’t normally go into when your diving.”
She has been recreationally diving on the side for years but now she is the first woman to be a public safety diver on the Shreveport dive team.
“Scary, but I’m just one of the guys.”
A part of an 8 person team she calls family.
“This is a team effort, we work as a team, as a family, we’re all here for the same outcome. Hopefully to recover everyone safely.”
Dawn has worked in the fire department’s communications division for 20 years.
“I actually work in dispatch I’m not on the fire line, I’m not fighting fires, but diving is my side career that is what I do when I’m not working with the fire department.” Ramsey said, “I’ve always wanted to be apart of the dive team and now is my chance.”
She says diving is not a sport but something very serious and difficult.
“We have to acclimate our selves to any situation because we don’t know what’s going to happen and when it’s going to happen so you have to be ready to get into the water in any atmosphere.”
That first dive she is preparing for physically and mentally.
“That’s going to be scary, I never encountered a victim or patient underwater and I’m sure it is going to be something that I never forget, I’m ready I’m ready to do that.”
But she isn’t letting her fear stop her.
She says fear isn’t the thing to stop any woman from doing what she wants.
“I just know that women can do anything that we put our minds to, and if you want to be a part of something you just have to go for it.”