Captain Lisa Forest, an African lady has made history, as she becomes the first Black woman to battalion chief in Philadelphia.
It was history in the making for the Philadelphia Fire Department on Tuesday morning, as Lisa’s achievement is the first of its kind in the country and also the Philadelphia fire department.
Lisa became a firefighter in 2003 and within two years became a lieutenant. In 2013, she became the first Black woman captain and now battalion chief.
“This is not for me, this is for somebody coming behind me to let them know that anything is possible,” Forrest said.
“Hopefully, they look at me and say if she can do it, I can do it,” Forrest said.
Fire Commissioner Adam Thiel said usually promotion ceremonies are held privately, but this particular one was an exception, as Forest has quickly worked her way up the ladder. He gave out a piece of advice to other women.
“I certainly do hope if women of any age or interest are watching this you know that you can do it, too,” said Commissioner Thiel.
Her family witnessed her become one of three women to hold this prestigious title.
“My sister has always been a trailblazer. We come from a line of trailblazers in our family. We try to do what is good and right,” said her sister, Robin Gibson.
Forest extended her greetings to her family for their support so far.
“I thank my family for their support because at times it’s hard,” Forrest said.
Forrest is also the first woman president of Club Valiants, a society for minority firefighters. She hopes her hard work and determination inspires other women.
Lisa Forest can be regarded as a great African women as she has made achievements beyond Africa countries.