The desire for a "dynamic" work environment that is different each day motivated 25-year-old Chloe Ecimovich to choose a career as a firefighter.
The 2010 Bexley High School graduate on June 30 worked her first 24-hour shift with the Norwich Township Fire Department. She is believed to be the first female full-time firefighter and medic for the department.
"It's an exciting job. Right now I'm focused on learning everything about the district and the equipment," said Ecimovich, who spent that first shift on an engine backing up medics on a series of emergency-medical-services calls.
Ecimovich, who did not resolve to become a firefighter until after graduating from high school, said she doesn't come from a firefighting family. But she knew what she was looking for when she earned her paramedic and firefighter certifications from Columbus State Community College.
"I wanted a job with a dynamic work environment that was different each day (and) with the ability to help people," she said.
In late 2015, she began working part time for Violet Township and the village of Millersport, and she continues to work in the emergency room at Mount Carmel East.
Norwich Township fire Chief Jeff Warren said he welcomes Ecimovich to the department.
"We want to hire the best and Chloe was at the top (of the testing process)," Warren said.
Her hire maintains the department's number of full-time firefighters, supervisors and support staff at 89.
She is not the first female firefighter for Norwich Township, but she seems to be the first full-timer, according to Warren.
Lt. Kim Deaton, who retired about 15 years ago, was a part-time firefighter and worked administratively in the department's fire-prevention bureau, he said.
Ecimovich said she experienced some natural apprehension when she began orientation the week of June 25 but it quickly dissipated.
"I've worked part-time at several departments and I became comfortable here quickly," she said. "I look forward to getting to know this community.
"I was a little nervous like any first day on the job (but) I'm excited to be here."
An only child, Ecimovich said, her mother showed a little apprehension at her career choice but has embraced it.
"She is so very supportive," she said.
The starting salary for a full-time Norwich Township firefighter is $46,844.