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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Fire Safety Specialist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Thanksgiving
Favorite Vacation Spot:
California
Favorite Quote:
This Is the Day That The Lord Has Made. We Will Rejoice And Be Glad In It.

Birthplace

Born:
8/15/1949
Birth Location:
Phillips Conty, Arkansas

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Fire Safety Specialist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Thanksgiving
Favorite Vacation Spot:
California
Favorite Quote:
This Is the Day That The Lord Has Made. We Will Rejoice And Be Glad In It.

Birthplace

Born:
8/15/1949
Birth Location:
Phillips Conty
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Biography

Genois Brabson, the oldest of eight children, was born on August 15, 1949 in Phillips County, Arkansas. She was raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana and attended college there, graduating from Indiana University in 1974 with a B.A. in sociology and a desire to work with young people. Brabson then joined the Fort Wayne Fire Department, where she earned accolades for her work in fire safety education.

Brabson was the first woman to work as a fire dispatcher in Fort Wayne when she began in 1975. Then, in 1979, she became the first woman to attend the fire department's training academy. She worked as a fire educator and inspector until 1987, when she received a promotion to fire education director. Through her fire awareness seminars, Brabson taught both fire department employees and Fort Wayne residents, especially elementary school children. She sought and received block grants to provide smoke detectors to low-income families. When she realized the need for specialized training, she adapted her presentation for hearing-impaired children. She performed tests to determine whether smoke detectors could be designed to increase their effectiveness for hearing-impaired people and the tests showed that adjusting the pitch and location of detectors made a significant difference. Brabson also tailored her presentation for disabled people. Her fire awareness seminars are credited with saving the lives of at least two children.

Brabson has been the president of the Black Fire Fighters and a member of the Big Brothers-Big Sisters mentor program. In 1986, she was granted a Women of Achievement Award from the YWCA and a Philo T. Farnsworth Award for a children's fire safety video that aired on public television. The American Legion declared her the Indiana Fire Fighter of the Year in 1990. She was the first African American woman to receive such an award.

In 1995, Brabson moved on to new challenges and became a probation officer for Allen Superior Court Family Relations Division. She counsels juvenile offenders and their families, showing children and parents how to cope with anger, communicate and find solutions. She is married to James Brabson and has one son, Marlin.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Genois Wilson's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Genois Wilson lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Genois Wilson talks about her family history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Genois Wilson talks about her grandmother losing her family to tuberculosis
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Genois Wilson talks about her parents' families
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Genois Wilson describes how her parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Genois Wilson talks about her parents' occupations
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Genois Wilson describes the sights, sounds, and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Genois Wilson describes her family's vacations and visits to her grandparents in Arkansas
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Genois Wilson describes her family vacations to Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Genois Wilson describes her childhood homes
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Genois Wilson describes her experience at Central High School in Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Genois Wilson describes her experience with integration at Central High School in Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Genois Wilson describes her interests in grade school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Genois Wilson talks about her childhood curiosity
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Genois Wilson talks about her experience at Central High School in Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Genois Wilson talks about her interests while at Central High School in Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Genois Wilson talks about getting married and enrolling at University of Saint Francis and Indiana University- Purdue University in Fort Wayne
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Genois Wilson describes how she became a fire department dispatcher in Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Genois Wilson describes her experience in the Fort Wayne Fire Department dispatch center and training academy
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Genois Wilson describes her experience as the first black woman in the fire department training academy in Fort Wayne, Indiana, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Genois Wilson describes her experience as the first black woman in the fire department training academy in Fort Wayne, Indiana, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Genois Wilson describes the first fire she experienced while in the fire department in Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Genois Wilson describes organizing a fire safety program in Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Genois Wilson talks about Safety Village in Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Genois Wilson describes how the Fort Wayne Fire Department adapted to female firefighters
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Genois Wilson talks about filing a complaint against the Fire Prevention Chief, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Genois Wilson talks about filing a complaint against the Fire Prevention Chief, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Genois Wilson talks about her decision to retire from the Fort Wayne Fire Department
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Genois Wilson talks about her plans for the future
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Genois Wilson reflects upon what she would change about her career
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Genois Wilson talks about the future of African Americans in fire prevention
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Genois Wilson recalls her older sister dying in a fire
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Genois Wilson describes how her parents reacted to her choice of career
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Genois Wilson reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Genois Wilson talks about how she'd like to be remembered
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Genois Wilson narrates her photographs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Genois Wilson narrates her photographs, pt. 2