An Outer Banks fire department now boasts one of only two female fire chiefs in the state. Donna Black now leads the Duck Fire Department, climbing the ladder since becoming a volunteer in 1997. She's also spent time as a professional firefighter in Nags Head. The congestion of her seaside community in the summer means more low impact accidents, and fender benders than in towns along bypass 158 in Dare County, but the threat of fires is just as prevalent. Black says she didn't feel any prejudice being a woman, and has trained and battled fires with the best in the business. Black says she's wanted to be a firefighter ever since she was little, inspired by the old 1970s drama "Emergency.” As chief, Black is the only paid person in the department, which is made up of volunteers.
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