An American Muslim woman has joined the list of the few female firefighters in the USA when she volunteered as a Chesterfield Firefighter in Tennessee, WRIC reported.
“We are glad to share this video of our very own volunteer firefighter Katie Amin!” Chesterfield Fire recently wrote on Facebook.
“One of the few Muslim Arab female firefighters in the USA, Katie Amin is involved and passionate about her community.”
Chesterfield Fire recently shared video footage of Amin’s talk at TEDxGraceStreetWomen in Richmond.
In the video, she takes the audience through her journey, where she says she learned to overcome obstacles, in both physical and cultural biases.
Touching on the concepts of belonging, Amin said she proudly wears her hijab in a male-dominated firehouse.
Amin is not the first Muslim woman to pursue a job as a firefighter in the US.
In 2015, Ahlam Ahmed attended the Fire Department New York’s (FDNY) first-ever Women’s History Month Female Outreach Event which was created to help inspire more women to join the department.
In 2014, Richmond Muslim mother of two Kae Asima became Virginia’s first veiled Muslim firefighter.
Though being the only Muslim, Asima is one of 36 women who are firefighters in the Richmond fire department.
Although there are no official figures, the United States is believed to be home to between 6-8 million Muslims.
A recent Pew research found that American Muslims are the most moderate around the world.
It showed that US Muslims generally express a strong commitment to their faith and tend not to see an inherent conflict between being devout and living in modern society.