- Associated Press - Sunday, November 22, 2015

HONOLULU (AP) - The state is reaching out to encourage more women to apply for jobs as airport firefighters.

KITV-TV reports (https://bit.ly/1PIq0M7 ) the Hawaii Department of Transportation is hosting workshops in an effort to add to the three female firefighters working at the state’s airports.

Hawaii Airports Fire Chief Martinez Jacobs said there hasn’t been a lot of interest and that hopefully the seminars will change that by spreading the word.

Firefighter Auli’i Ellis was at a workshop Saturday, and said it took her four years to get into the department. She said some may fear women can’t pull their weight, but that “we fit in really well.”

While there are no jobs available currently, the state projects imminent openings in the department. An entry-level position comes with a salary starting around $50,000.

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Information from: KITV-TV, https://www.kitv.com/index.html

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