Leadership

Fire Departments Surveyed On Employment of Females

Issue 6 and Volume 134.

Fire Departments Surveyed On Employment of Females features Although for years some women have been extinguishing fires as daytime volunteers while their husbands were at work, only recently have females begun to integrate into the fire service as paid fire fighters. Some of the roles of women in the fire service are not new. For several years, women have been involved in educating school children, as well as the general public, in fire prevention and methods for coping with fire emergencies.1 Also, there have been women dispatchers since World War II. But what progress have they made into other fire service occupations? In an attempt to learn the extent of female employment in the fire service, I contacted the United States Fire Administration (USFA) and discovered that there are no specific statistics on the status of female employment in the fire service. This prompted me to do a random survey…

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