Whether it’s fighting fires, performing rescue operations, or being the first on the scene in a traffic accident, Jodi does lifesaving work every day.
BORN AND RAISED IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, Jodi grew up visiting her dad, a firefighter, at the fire station. She watched him make a career out of saving lives, and while she was always fascinated by his work, it had never occurred to her to pursue it herself—she had never met or even heard of a female firefighter.
In college, a female volleyball player enrolled at the fire academy—and once she found out, Jodi’s life changed forever. As soon as she realized women could be firefighters, there was no question: That’s what she would do.
There is nothing easy about a career in the fire service. From the very beginning, firefighters go through grueling physical training—usually wearing around 75 pounds of gear—to prepare themselves for rescues.
And fighting fires is only part of the job—there are traffic accidents, rescues, and countless other emergencies in which firefighters are the first responders.
For 10 years, Jodi bravely served in the Pasadena fire department, earning the trust and respect of her colleagues and superiors. Two years ago, Jodi decided to go out for fire captain. She told her dad, who is now retired, that if she got promoted, he would be the one to put the badge on her chest—and he was.
Jodi is the second female fire captain in Pasadena in the city’s 140-year history. In a field that is dominated by men—only 3% of firefighters nationwide are women—that’s an incredible feat. Jodi may set her sights on first battalion chief next, but one thing is for sure: she’s up for whatever challenge comes her way.
"In the fire service, we’re exposed to a lot of different diseases, carcinogens—things that I really can’t control. But I can control the health of my eyes."
- Jodi Slicker
OUR VISION: A BETTER WORLD
Fires and other emergencies can happen any time of day or night—365 days a year. As a captain, Jodi doesn’t just lead rescue efforts—she also writes detailed reports for every fire or emergency.
Whether she’s behind the wheel of a 40,000-pound rig, on her laptop, or enjoying a run on her day off, Jodi uses multiple Eagle Eyes advanced optic technologies to enhance and protect her vision.
"We train together. We eat together. We sleep together. We know that we have each other’s backs, no matter what gender we are."
- Jodi Slicker
HEROES GIVE BACK
For firefighters, the tragedy of 9/11 is never far from their hearts and minds.
Two years ago, Jodi had the unique opportunity to honor all 343 of the fallen firefighters of 9/11 by climbing 96 flights of stairs in full gear—just like those brave first responders did that morning in the towers.
“It was inspiring, it was exhausting… but you just thought about 9/11 and you didn’t quit. You couldn’t.”