Capital Region Women’s History Month Volunteer Spotlight: Breanna Miller

The moment Breanna Miller was old enough to become a junior firefighter, she joined the volunteer fire service. Miller’s desire to become a volunteer firefighter originated from her grandpa, who was a volunteer with the Mechanicsburg Fire Department for over 60 years.

“My grandpa was an inspiration for me to join at 14. It was kind of a trial run at first, but then it inspired something much bigger. I love the adrenaline, I love helping everyone around me and I found that to be a serious part of my passion,” said Miller.

Initially starting her volunteer career with her grandfather’s fire company, Miller now volunteers with the New Kingstown Fire Company and has been a member since February 2024. In December 2023, Miller attained her EMT certification and is currently working towards her Firefighter 1 Certification. Entering her sixth year, Miller’s favorite part about being involved in the volunteer fire service has been the people she’s met along the way. 

A few years ago, when Miller was still a junior firefighter at Mechanicsburg Fire Department, she responded to a house fire. The call still sticks with her to this day and is a big reason why she continues to serve her community. 

“We saved a guy and pulled him out of the house after he went into cardiac arrest. We ended up meeting him a few months later, and it just showed me what we can do, going from what could be a total loss to saving someone,” said Miller. 

To other women interested in becoming volunteers, Miller encourages them to give it a try.

“Don’t let anyone get in your way. Anyone can do it if they put their mind to it. Don’t let anyone stop you from pursuing your passion,” said Miller. 

The New Kingstown Fire Company is one of 21 fire companies included in the Capital Region Firefighter volunteer recruitment campaign. If you want to serve your community and make a difference, there’s likely a nearby fire company and a position for you based on your interest, skills and availability. All training and gear are provided at no cost. 

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