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A Council of Service Agencies and Women Firefighters Take Up the Challenge

From left: Yvette Cruz (L) and Stefanie Myers; Dana Oliver (L) and Alexia French
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From left: Yvette Cruz and Stefanie Myers; Dana Oliver and Alexia French

Fort Pierce - Friday September 16, 2022: This week on In Focus with IRSC Public Media we begin with COSA, the Council of Social Agencies of St. Lucie County. We spoke with Stefanie Myers, one of COSA’s Directors, and Yvette Cruz, COSA’s Community Relations person.

It’s a unique non-profit formed to improve the collaboration between the County’s social service agencies. There are 71 members of COSA, each one a different health and human service agency in the County. What makes them special is a key communication tool they call a 'list serve'. When one member service agency has a need, COSA can send out an email to all members seeking help and invariably someone can provide the help that is needed.

Learn more about COSA on their website at:

Then we speak with two St. Lucie County Fire District firefighters who are members of the Ladies Firefighter Challenge Team.

Lt. Alexia French and Dana Oliver, an EMT Firefighter. They are both members of the team and this year the National Firefighter Challenge Championship takes place here in Fort Pierce from Thursday September 22, through Saturday September 24.

What's special about the event this year is that it is the first time there will be two women's relay teams competing from the St. Lucie County Fire District, and there will also be three individual SLC District female firefighters in the contest as well.

Learn more about the Ladies Firefighter Challenge Team on their Facebook page at:, and find out more about the 2022 US Nationals Firefighter Challenge Championship in Fort Pierce on their Facebook page at: