17 February 2004
It's the same size hat, though
Alisha Virginia Oulette has been fighting fires in Danvers, Massachusetts for six and a half years.
When she signed up with the department, she was Albert James Oulette; in compliance with the Benjamin Standards of Care for M2F transsexuals, she has begun to live openly as a female. Surgery is still a year or so away.
Danvers has never had a female firefighter before; city officials don't expect any problems.
(Via California Yankee, who, unlike me, was restrained enough to avoid making any sliding-down-the-pole references.)