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Women in the Fire Service


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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)