After going viral on the Internet, Dooshima Dennis speaks to Pulse about what it means to be a lady firefighter.
Many people had to do a double-take when they came across her pictures whether on Linda Ikeji or on Twitter. This firefighter was too hot to handle. Guys were drooling over Instagram photos.
Dooshima Dennis' new found fame does not bother her one bit, neither is it distracting her from her work- to fight fires and educate Nigerians on how to prevent fires.
She has been in this business for two years and in an exclusive interview with Pulse she breaks down what her typical day is like.
"(It's) tasking and challenging because no event of fire is the same and I just want you to picture it when there is a fire in a building or a fuel station everybody runs out but we firemen will go in, rescue and put out the fire," she tells Pulse.
Being a fire woman isn't the job she had in mind but "as fate will have it am here and I’m loving it" she says.
Putting out fires especially in a city like Lagos is not a walk in the park. According to Dooshima Dennis, firefighters go through a lot in the course of doing their job.
"All kinds of tragedies, ranging from fires to cardiac arrests, watching citizens homes burn, knowing someone is inside and it's too late for them, watching a local business that you patronize burning, witnessing the death of friends in vehicle accidents, deaths of elderly neighbors, we see things that the general public tries to put in the back of their minds, we know it's there, but try to not think of it" she points out.
"The other thing is the attitude of the general public, like the dirty looks, obstructing our fire engine and hand gestures you get in heavy traffic, I swear some of them think we are just out with red lights and siren wailing on a pleasure drive just to disturb them and/or make them late" she further says.
So what's it like doing a job which many people consider as exclusive to men? "The risk firemen go through is extremely high so there’s this belief it’s a man’s occupation (dangerous). Also, there's a tendency to often think that women's physique or psychology hasn't quite gotten what it (takes) to be on the front line."
Don't get it twisted, the hot female firefighter is on the front line as she re-affirms the old saying that what a man can do, a woman can do better.
As we round up the interview, Dooshima Dennis speaks on why she does what she does. "The best part of the job for me is knowing I'm doing my part to make a difference. With all the negatives people tend to attach to us, we're on the ground to do some good. Whether paid or volunteer, that's what this job is all about. There will never be a better feeling than knowing you did your part in saving someone's life, possessions, or home. Thanks to all of the fellow brothers and sisters for doing your part."