Leadership

WOMEN IN THE VOLUNTEER FIRE SERVICE

Issue 1 and Volume 144.

WOMEN IN THE VOLUNTEER FIRE SERVICE VOLUNTEERS CORNER Today volunteer and on-call fire departments are faced with many changes, none more significant than those associated with the addition of female firefighters. It’s only a matter of time before all departments have female members and must change the way they operate. The time to prepare for such changes is now. Females entering the fire service traditionally have not been greeted with open arms, which has forced them to take legal action against some departments. While most of these cases have occurred in career departments, many of the same issues and concerns associated with female firefighters are applicable to on-call and volunteer departments. PREPARATION AND POLICY Hiring. Establish proper hiring practices that do not discriminate against women or create an adverse impact on the ultimate selection. Review all of your criteria prior to hiring, particularly if you have agility testing. Many career…

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