NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - This Firefighters Combat Challenge is not for the faint of heart but neither is the job.
"I've always tried to push myself a little bit more," said Lieutenant Jamie Potter of the Richmond Virginia's fire department.
Potter is one of a handful of women at the competition who along with their counterparts lug hoses up several flights of stairs. Practice forcing their way through a building and carry weighted dummies across the finish line.
"You don't see a lot of females go into that group just because there aren't a lot of us out there," said Potter.
Potter said that could be one reason why news of the City of Charleston hiring of Karen Brack as the city's first woman Fire Chief spread almost like wild fire.
"There is a handful of them through, Isle of Palms has a female fire chief, Chief Graham. I'm really excited about it. I'm excited to see how it all goes," said Captain Lauri Rose of the North Charleston fire department.
Rose joined the department more than ten years. She said back then it would be rare to see a woman chief.
"I think everybody accepts it and we all do the same job. As long as you can do your job these guys don't care. Male, female they don't care as long as you do your job," said Rose.
For Fire fighters like Potter it means her dream doesn't have to end at lieutenant.
"Just to see somebody in that position gives me hope that it could be me one day," said Potter.