Online registration is closed. Registration will be available onsite at the conference.
May 25, 2018
This session will provide tips for a successful recruitment and retention program, focused around building an inclusive and diverse volunteer workforce.
May 26, 2018
Saving People while Growing People:A Public Servant’s Policy and Operational Guide to Having and Raising Kids
The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department recently updated our Pregnancy and Reproductive Health Manual with changes in positions and laws surrounding women working in the field while pregnant and expressing milk at work. We also updated our Flexible Schedule Program which allows personnel to work part‐time hours while maintaining benefits due to child care or care of a serious ill or injured family member. Both of these programs support women and men as firefighters, EMS providers, and parents without having to choose between these roles.
It has long been known that workforce diversity strengthens the work place in numerous ways; from empowering innovative solutions, to increasing the variety of skills and strengths available. In emergency services, workforce diversity helps us to better understand and serve the communities where we work, and yet we continue to fail at creating workforces that mirror the communities we serve. The Forest ServiceWomen in Wildland Fire program in southern Utah is stepping out from current agency recruitment expectations and trying something different.
The women of the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department would like to share what we learned about hosting a girls’ fire camp. Our camp had more of a female empowerment focus than a recruiting effort. Our main goals were to build self‐confidence, teach girls to push themselves outside of their comfort zone, and build each other up rather than put each other down to make themselves feel confident.