Sarah Reasoner has been an All-America track star, a bodybuilder, and a champion powerlifter. But firefighter is the job that really ended up being her calling.
As Sarah told the Star Tribune recently, “I put on that gear and I knew. This was it. This is what I wanted to do.” She added: “A lot of this job is realizing that we’re supposed to help people, and this world is not about us.”
Reasoner has only been with the department full-time since July. But she’s already one of its best-known firefighters. As shown in the attached photo, she was recently named one of the world’s strongest firefighters in Santa Monica, California in a competition hosted by Arnold Schwarzenegger. Coming in 5th, was the event’s first female competitor.
Reasoner welcomes the physical demands of being a firefighter.
During a recent workout at a gym in northeast Minneapolis, she focused on strengthening her legs and back — doing dead lifts and leg curls. The workouts help her perform better in a job that has already involved going into burning buildings in full gear, she said.
After doing well on the written test, Reasoner spent the summer of 2018 training for the physical exam. In September 2018, on her 30th birthday, she not only passed it but broke the record.
Reasoner graduated from the three-month academy at the end of June and has been on the job since the start of July. For her first three years, she’ll rotate from station to station as needed, filling in for firefighters who call in sick, go on vacation or who are injured. She said she loves the collegiality. She loves the need for teamwork. She loves the physical demands of the job. Her goal is to be a firefighter her entire career.
This job is everything and more of what I wanted it to be,” she said. “It’s challenging every day. Every day, you learn.”
Despite the recent accolades, Reasoner said she simply wants to become the best firefighter she can be. And while she enjoys the strongman contests, she savors doing something meaningful with her strength.
“It’s pretty humbling to know there are guys who have been on this job and women who have been on this job who can run circles around me,” she said.
“It’s humbling and motivating to know that my crew depends on me. And the citizens of St. Paul depend on me.”
Story excerpted from www.startribune.com/to-recruit-more-women-st-paul-fire-department-taps-former-power-lifter/567838382/?fbclid=IwAR0JWIel5RecFm1J7uj0fgTeVxqVjtwxIRNUW_QwRQjxt61fRnvwDSU5rhQ