Female firefighter earns title of ‘smoke diver’


The first in the department, and one of the few in the state, Semmes Fire Rescue is celebrating one of their own for her accomplishments when it comes to fighting fires and breaking barriers.  

Jamie Jordan with Semmes Fire Rescue is one of the first women to complete this certification.

Her first day back on the job at Semmes Fire Rescue was exciting for Jamie Jordan.  

“Just a really intense physical and mental course that a lot of firefighters would like to have and not very many make it through,” Jordan said. 

Becoming a smoke diver takes a 40-hour course at Alabama Fire College in Tuscaloosa.  Many of the students fail.  This was Jamie’s second time attempting the certification.  

“The drive for her to go back and take this course again and not give up just says a whole lot about her ability and her willingness to be a good firefighter,” said Chief Kevin Brooks, Semmes Fire Rescue.  

The course is both mentally and physically challenging, with about one percent of firefighters in the state receiving the title of smoke diver.  

“It shows that we have people willing to go the extra mile, and we’re real proud of her,” Chief Brooks said.  

Jamie says she’s proud of the accomplishments but will continue to strive for more and it’s time to keep working.  

“It showed me areas that I might need to focus more on in my career further,” Jamie said.  “It’ll help me in the long run cause now I know things about myself and my abilities that I didn’t know before I went up there.”

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