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Batesville hires first full-time female firefighter in department's 132-year history

And she's a mom of four
Lisa Jennings
Posted at 1:37 PM, Mar 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-14 12:40:51-04

BATESVILLE, Ind. — The Batesville Fire and EMS Department, established in 1887, hired its first full-time female firefighter — the first in the department’s history.

Several women have worked as part-time EMTs or volunteer firefighters, according to a news release, but Lisa Jennings will be first to serve as a full-time firefighter/paramedic.

She was sworn in by Batesville Mayor Mike Bettice Monday.

“I am really excited to have the opportunity to utilize the education I obtained in fire school in addition to my paramedic background,” Jennings said.

Watch: Lisa Jennings sits down with WCPO Anchor Tanya O'Rourke

Jennings graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 2017 and earned the State of Indiana Firefighter certification in 2018. She was previously an EMT/paramedic in Ripley County and is a member of the UC Health Air Care and Mobile Care Special Events Team in Cincinnati.

Jennings is a Bright resident and mother of four children.