Rachel Smith, Firefighter

Naveen Mahadevan

"It's like a brotherhood - sisters, brothers, all the same. We take care of each other, we watch out for each other."

It'shardnottonoticethatSmithistheonlywomanhere.Infact,she'soneofonlysixwomeninthe136-personColumbiaFireDepartment. Only4.5percentofactive-dutyfirefightersarewomen,accordingtoa2011BureauofLaborStatisticsreport,andit'sworthaskingwhy.