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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
"The mission of the United Fire Service Women is to support and advocate for the welfare of women in the San Francisco Fire Department, create a network of women in the fire service, and ensure a diverse and unified department that represents the city we serve."
"The Women's Bureau develops policies and standards and conducts inquiries to safeguard the interests of working women; to advocate for their equality and economic security for themselves and their families; and to promote quality work environments."
"Every day firefighters are exposed to chemicals on the fire ground, the fire station, and in some firefighting equipment. The Women Firefighters Biomonitoring Collaborative is monitoring women fire fighters in the San Francisco Bay Area to learn more about what these chemicals are and whether women fire fighters are exposed to chemicals that have been linked in scientific studies to breast tumors."
Women-in-Fire Prescribed Fire Training Exchange (WTREX)
WTREX: A prescribed fire training exchange that recognizes and reinforces the critical role of women's leadership and perspective in fire management.
"When the US fire management system was conceived in the early 1900s, women’s roles in the workforce were much different than they are now. However, even today, women constitute a relatively small proportion of the workforce, filling 10% of wildland fire positions and only 7 in 100 leadership roles. In recent years, there has been an increased effort to recruit women into fire, yet social and cultural challenges remain. Women often find the current fire management system to be dismissive of female perspectives and strengths, even as its increasing complexity requires fresh approaches and insights." (Northern California Prescribed Fire Council)
"During the Women-in-Fire Prescribed Fire Training Exchange (WTREX), we invite participants of all genders to explore the growing role of women in fire management, while conducting prescribed fire operations designed to advance their formal qualifications in wildland fire management and enhance their understanding of fire ecology and effects, communications and outreach, prescribed fire policy and planning, and more."