A French firefighter is back home, after volunteering at the Kern County Fire Department this summer.
Fire officials say this is the first time an international woman has come to the department with a passion to fight fires.
During a routine training at the county fire department, Helene Jacob observes the life of a firefighter, a job she's somewhat familiar with.
"In France, we go on a fire with six firefighters on an engine and here it's three. So, it's different techniques," said Jacob.
Jacob lives in France where she works as a volunteer firefighter.
In May, she moved to Bakersfield for a 12 week internship with the Kern County Fire Department.
"This is something we've never really done before on this scale but what we're learning from her and from what she's learning from us is only going to benefit firefighters across the world," said Fire Chief Brian Marshall, Kern County Fire Department.
While Jacob was at the department, she learned different job techniques and was able to see first hand what it's like to be a firefighter in the U.S.
"Some people learn about France and me, I learn about California and the Kern County Fire Department," Jacob continued.
"It has been definitely an advantage to Helene and to us as an organization to be able to share our wealth of knowledge and experience and see somebody grow and educate themselves is reward enough," said Sean Collins, Kern County Fire Department.