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The Dilemma of Being a Woman Firefighter, Part 1

By John K. Murphy The fire service is not an exclusive "Men’s-Only" club. It represents the cross section of our culture and, in a perfect world, it would treat everyone equally. There are hundreds of laws generated and passed to protect women, minorities, religious beliefs and freedoms, age, certain disabilities, gender beliefs and lifestyles, and our veterans. Every day, our industry violates those very laws designed to protect those covered under the law. Claims based on violations are costing fire departments millions of dollars every year and ruins the careers and dreams of those chosen to become firefighters.  One of those protected classes are women firefighters; bas...

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