Firefighting has become a family business in the Lane household in Moyock. It began with husband Richard Lane, chief of the Moyock Fire Department. It now has engulfed Lane's wife, Alicia.
"He would come home and tell me a little bit about what was going on," Alicia Lane recalled. "He was excited about it. It sounded like a lot of fun. So I joined the department, and I would get to spend more time with him."
After hours of training - in one training year, she logged more 400 hours - Alicia Lane - Alicia Lane became an EMT paramdedic/firefighter. Today she runs any fire or ambulance calls in the station's service area for a 24-hour shift. She and her coworkers provide mutual aid for other stations or departments, as well as provide safety control at the scenes of calls.
More and more, women like Mrs. Lane are finding their way into emergency response work, she said.
"EMS has become a more popular job for women to join and work in," she said. "Firefighting for women is not as popular. It takes a lot of strength and determination.
Had Mrs. Lane not entered firefighting and paramedic work, she still would have found a career in medical care, either in nursing or as a veterinarian. She had taken health occupation classes when she attended Currituck County High School and had, as a high school student, done volunteer work at Sentara Nursing Home.
Some doubted she would make it in firefighting, she said. However, she was determined to prove them wrong.
"Any woman who puts her mind to it - and who is determined - will succeed," she said.
When she is not working, Mrs. Lane is involved in activities with her husband and two children. She takes roles in Girls Scouts and Boy Scouts and participates with her children in community sports. At the Moyock Fire Department, where she volunteers, she is a captain and is secretary of the board of directors.