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Tampa2 - Recognizing Progress, Committing to the Future for Firefighter Health and Safety
  On March 10, 2014, the NFFF invited top leaders in the fire service to TAMPA2 - Building for the Future – 10 years later: to reaffirm our commitment to the Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives and to identify the future direction of LODD prevention efforts and to help nurture the development of a new generation of fire service leaders. iWomen was represented by Secretary Susan Tamme and Eastern Trustee Angie Hughes. Read more…
NIOSH Fire Fighter Cancer Study Update
  Latest NIOSH Fire Fighter Cancer Study Updates found here: http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/fire/. We hope to complete the review and report our first results sometime in the spring of 2013. Once completed, all NIOSH research undergoes a rigorous review process prior to publication. We anticipate that our study will provide new insights into fire fighter risks.
4 Steps to Being a Better Leader
  Knowing what you want, rewarding good work, setting expectations and building relationships will improve your leadership abilities .. By Linda Willing.. Read more

The Health of Women in the US Fire Service
  Despite statements from national fire service organizations, including the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) and the International Association of Fire.. Read more

Women Firefighters Celebrate Game Changing Victory Won 30 Years Ago
  In September 1982, forty-two women were ordered hired as New York City firefighters after Federal District Judge Charles P. Sifton found the City had discriminated against women in the firefighter hiring process. Read more
A Day in the Life of a Firefighter & Emergency Responders
  Have you ever dreamed of becoming a firefighter? Do you have what it takes? This must-see video is motivational, inspirational, encouraging, empowering and positive. If you have ever dreamed of becoming a firefighter—go for it. It's a GREAT job and nothing should stop you.
Fighting fires and blazing trails
  Chantelle Dron, Cara Dunsmoor and Erin Janicek do it all.: Recruit class highlights move to diversified stations as featured on Coloradoan.com
2012 iWomen Keynote Session
  Retired Fire Chief Debra Amesqua keynote session at 2012 iWomen Conference.

View Keynote video on the Fire 20/20 website.

2012-2014 iWomen Strategic Plan Presented.
  The iWomen Board of Trustees released their long and short-term goals for the future in June. Members are encouraged to support these goals.

Find out more in our June Newsletter

Rethinking Critical Incidents.
  The After Action Review (AAR), What if there was one simple thing you could do to help turn the corner toward that “culture of safety” we all seek?

Find out more in our May Newsletter

Because What You Do Is Dangerous Enough!
  (Leave Nothing to Chance), Incorporate an effective occupational related training program.Find out more in our May Newsletter

The Promotional Assessment Center Process
  How Will the Raters Be Scoring Me? Find out more in our

April Newsletter.

An Employment Resolution for Minority Women & Single Mothers in Today’s Economy
  According to the National Women's Law Center, “unemployment rates for adult black women and men, adult Hispanic women and men, and single mothers have been persistently higher than for adult women or men overall throughout the recession and recovery. Join the Fire Service

iWomen is Helping Moms Keep Their Families Safe
  We recently worked with the Division of Health Promotion & Sports Medicine at Oregon Health and Science University to create two educational videos designed to reduce home injuries.

The Home Safety and Fitness for New Moms videos are now available for immediate viewing and free download at safemoms.org. Please help us distribute this free information to all those that might benefit from it.

AOL On - Women Firefighters
  The Los Angeles Fire Department has been notorious for being a boys' club. Currently only three percent of the LAFD are women...Full segmentListen to the Full segment
Lieutenant Jennifer Román of the Madison Fire Department receives the ATHENA Award
  Madison, WI March 2013 – Lieutenant Jennifer Román was honored with the ATHENA Award at a ceremony in Madison on March 12th. The ATHENA Award honors individuals who strive toward the highest levels of personal and professional accomplishment, who excel in their chosen field, devote time and energy to their community in a meaningful way, and forge paths of leadership for other women to follow. Read more...
The History of the FDNY Women Firefighters
  Prior to 1977 there was a quota for women firefighters in the New York City Fire Department (FDNY)—that quota was zero. It did not matter if you had won an Olympic gold medal, had been named the “strongest woman in the world” or held the world-record in the marathon—if you had been born female, you could not even apply to take a test to become a New York City firefighter. Read more: http://www.laborarts.org/exhibits/womenfirefighters/
Female firefighters blazed a trail that few followed
  An alarm comes in at Engine 102 and the firefighters, just finishing lunch, quickly scatter. Sabrina Daniels grabs her bunker gear — a jacket, pants, boots and air mask — dressing as she leaps onto the engine with her all-male team. When she started as a firefighter in 1986, Daniels also had to carry a 40-pound hand pump, a pipe pole and an ax. But seniority has its benefits on the rig. "That's for the low man on the team," said Daniels, 53, a no-nonsense woman who is as comfortable pulling a 50-foot hose as preparing sandwiches for the crew in the firehouse kitchen. "When I had to carry all that at one time, it was a job." Read the full story at http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-first-female-firefighter-class20110625,0,477222.story
Help wanted: Female firefighters
  The Early Show on CBS - October 11, 2011
How Emergency Management Is Changing (For the Better)
  Like all professions, emergency management has evolved throughout the years to become what it is today — a defined field of work that’s paving a career path for future employees. The modern concept of emergency management has grown from the civil defense days — when in 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt created a federal office to protect civilians and respond to community needs in wartime. As state and local governments saw the need for programs focusing on emergency management, veterans and retired first responders were the go-to candidates to fill these positions. To read the full story visit - http://www.emergencymgmt.com/training/How-Emergency-Management-Is-Changing.html
More female firefighters in Manlius
  MANLIUS, NY (WSYR-TV) - While volunteer fire departments across the country struggle to build their membership, Manlius has had a spike in interest from females, who make up 17% of the volunteer firefighters at the Manlius fire hall. To read the full story visit - http://www.9wsyr.com/news/local/story/More-female-firefighters-in-Manlius/ElK1AFmx0E68_V7NCHgC-A.cspx
Women firefighters take the heat
  While more are joining the volunteer ranks these days, women are still a small minority in county firehouses By ANDREA GILLHOOLLEY
Women in the Fire Service - Interview - June 2011
  IAFC Executive Deputy Director Mary Beth Michos discusses the past and future of women in the fire service. Hosted by Chief Rob Wylie. Filmed at the 2011 IAFC Fire-Rescue Med conference in Las Vegas.
Firefighter living her dream
  Read the full article at http://www.ottawasun.com/news/ottawa/2011/03/07/17528271.html
Tribeca Film Institute summer program about women firefighters (2010)
  This short film can be viewed at -http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid331422615001?bctid=602073068001
Los Angeles Firefighting Academy Offers Youths a Ladder to Success
  For the last eight years, the program has helped at-risk students get a leg up on their career paths. By Robert J. Lopez Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
iWomen Oral History Project

Women in the Fire Service has initiated an oral history project that will collect and preserve the stories of fire service women. We need your help identifying women who should be interviewed, conducting the interviews, and funding the project.

LAFD firefighter awarded $6.2 million

A jury has awarded $6.2 million in compensatory damages to a Los Angeles firefighter who complained she had been harassed on the job because she is female, African-American, and a lesbian.

Brenda Lee, a 12-year veteran of the LAFD, filed her suit in 2005. It cited behaviors from supervisors and co-workers such as derogatory comments, her locker being ransacked, being singled out to do exhausting drills no other firefighters were required to do, finding her mouthwash had been mixed with urine, and being retaliated against when she complained of the treatment.

Jackson firefighters win harassment case

Four Jackson, Mississippi, firefighters prevailed in their sexual harassment lawsuit against the Jackson Fire Department on May 30. A federal jury awarded them more than $750,000 in compensatory and punitive damages. The suit was filed by the International Association of Fire Fighters more than four years ago.

Appeals Court: Inadequate Facilities and Gear = Sex Discrimination

On March 26, the U.S. Court of Appeals in St. Louis found in favor of two women firefighters who have been tangling with the Kansas City Fire Department over discrimination, harassment, inadequate station facilities, and improperly fitting protective gear – and then over retaliation for filing the complaints – for more than ten years. The resulting decision is particularly important because it marks the first time a federal appeals court has stated that failure to provide adequate facilities and protective gear for women firefighters constitutes sex discrimination.

Changes & Promotions

Female firefighter moves up the ladder
  Read the full article at http://www.ottawasun.com/news/canada/2011/04/06/17891651.html
2 women named fire battalion chiefs
  Published: November 06, 2010 2 women named fire battalion chiefs By Bill McKelway | TIMES-DISPATCH STAFF WRITER
New chief for St. John

Winifred Powell was named fire chief of the island of St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands on May 16, 2007. She is the first woman to become chief in the Virgin Islands Fire Service.

New chiefs in Illinois, Washington

The Canton (Illinois) Fire Department and Puyallup (Washington) Fire and Rescue, have new chiefs as of late June / early July. Assistant Chief Bonnie Cremer will begin her duties as Canton's chief on July 16, and Deputy Chief Ruth Obadal took over as chief of Puyallup on June 30.

Berkman Retires from FDNY

Captain Brenda Berkman of the New York City Fire Department retired on September 14, 2006, after 24 years on the job. Berkman, who undoubtedly has more name recognition than any other female firefighter, is probably best known for filing the lawsuit that brought the first women onto the iconic New York City Fire Department in 1982.

New fire chief, following in her father's footsteps, takes the reins at Ben Lomond Fire
  New fire chief, following in her father's footsteps, takes the reins at Ben Lomond Fire By Kimberly White -- Santa Cruz Sentinel Posted: 11/24/2010 09:15:02 PM PST

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