During the past year, three women have been appointed to the role of Fire Chief and one the role of Chief Deputy around the state. All of these are firsts, making these women the highest-ranking female fire officials in each of the department’s history.Details
A new report, Emerging Health and Safety Issues among Women in the Fire Service, studies the critical health and safety issues of female firefighters and EMS responders.Details
As a Platinum sponsor, E-ONE will be hosting a Meet & Greet for iWomen Conference attendees. E-ONE is also providing funding to iWomen that will be used towards other projects during the 2019 calendar year.Details
The opening keynote speaker for the 2019 Leadership Conference, to be held in Indianapolis, Indiana, on Monday, April 8, in conjunction with FDIC International, is Battalion Chief Tiffanye S. Wesley.Details
Submit your proposal to host the 2020 Biennial International Conference for the International Association of Women in Fire & Emergency Services by Dec. 31.Details
If you missed the live show, you can still listen in to the recorded copy. Host Candice McDonald, iWomen Trustee, talked to several guests about their thoughts on mentoring, and how it helped them to succeed in the fire service and in their personal lives.Details
Rescue Air Systems and iWomen announced a new partnership that will help the organization continue to advance its advocacy, education and training programs.Details
Fire Service leaders have the difficult task of gathering information and data from a variety of sources in an effort to insure the safety of the their communities and their firefighters.Details
In August of 2016, iWomen partnered with the United States Fire Administration to complete a Study on the Emerging Issues of Women in the Fire Service.Details
iWomen members – this is a great opportunity to study at John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health with five focus areas, including Environmental Challenges. The tie into fire could be challenging but if you are interested you can reach out to Dr. Gielen and identify yourself as an iWomen member. Please keep us posted if…Details
The application period for the second semester of National Fire Academy resident classes opened October 15. The application period closes December 15. The second semester includes those classes scheduled from April 1 – September 30, 2017. All information about courses, applications and suggestions for successful completion of the application can be found at the following…Details
A wonderful opportunity awaits women fire officers who are aspiring to become a fire chief in the near future and for new women fire chiefs. For the fifth year, the IAFC received a grant from the Motorola Solutions Foundation (MSF) to fund another year of the Fire Service Executive Development Institute (FSEDI). FSEDI is a…Details
Would your department want to be the hosting city for our next International Conference? Now is the time to put your proposal together! The RFP for locations has been published and will be open until December 30th, 2016. 2018 International Conference RFPDetails
Captain Troy J. Gibbs Retires from Alexandria Fire Department For Immediate Release: July 1, 2016 Fire Captain Troy Jennene Gibbs is retiring after 25 years of service to the City of Alexandria, effective July 1. Her career with AFD has been a series of milestones: Not only is Gibbs the first female firefighter in the…Details
Unfortunately, harassment does happen, and it is too often, and in too many scenarios. President Angie Hughes wrote a great article that was just published by Fire Engineering. Check it out at Harassment Doesn’t Happen in My Department.Details
Have you passed on a promotion opportunity because YOU didn’t feel you were ready? Have you had others ask you to apply, or why you didn’t apply? We have heard from many women in the fire service explain that unless they feel that they are completely prepared for the job – not just the process,…Details
The origins of the International Association of Women in Fire & Emergency Services (iWomen) date back to 1982 when several courageous women firefighters unified and created the group known as Women in the Fire Service, Inc. These women forged a path to provide education, support and advocacy for all fire service women joining the…Details
The International Association of Women in Fire and Emergency Services is deeply saddened by the passing of our sister, Nicole Mittendorff. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and fellow firefighters in Fairfax County, Virginia during this difficult time. Nicole’s death adds to the rapidly climbing number of suicides in the fire service. Firefighter…Details
Firefighters remain a high-risk group for exposure to cancer-causing asbestos, despite a dramatic drop in its use recently that made those in the construction and other industries considerably safer. Asbestos materials were prevalent in building both commercial and residential structures throughout the 20th century, leaving firefighters vulnerable now when working in older buildings. Exposure to…Details
Host Billy Greenwood of FETC Services will be speaking with special guest Deb Pendergast, Director of New Hampshire Fire Academy, about firefighter stress and mental health. Please find the link here.
Sexual harassment and sexual assault are inconsistent with the values of the fire service and will not be tolerated. We must provide a culture that respects and protects ALL members. This needs to start now. We challenge all leaders to foster a climate of trust and respect. In addition we demand that any offenders of…Details
iWomen Receives Scott Safety Foundation Grant. Grant to support services and assist in the recruitment of new and existing female firefighters. iWomen is compiling a list of all Fire Camps held around the world. Please contact [email protected] with your camp details. Download Scott Safety Press Release.
Tampa 2 – 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…Details
Taking action Against Cancer in the Fire Service. Sponsored on behalf of firefighter safety, health and survival by Honeywell First Responder Products. In late April 2013, the Firefighter Cancer Support Network (FCSN) invited a small group of experts to Indianapolis to develop a white paper on cancer in the fire service. Download the FCSN-report here.
State of Women in the Fire Service Video. Video produced by Answering the Call by Baltimore County, MD Fire Department. Battalion Chief Utz discusses with Fire Lieutenant Angela Hughes the growing presence and importance of women in today’s modern Fire Service. Click to view video then select Oct 8, 2013 segment.
Female Fire Leaders Speak on Mentoring & Challenges with Fire Chief’s Senior Editor Mary Rose Roberts
Female fire leaders speak on mentoring, challenges with Fire Chief’s Senior Editor Mary Rose Roberts. Learn from female firefighters in leadership positions about how they were first introduced to the fire service as well as the challenges faced during their career. Female chief officers, captains and lieutenants discuss with Senior Editor Mary Rose Roberts their…Details
Visual representations of female fire fighters by Dr. Merilyn Childs. This presentation was designed to share visual representations of females in relationship to fire and fire fighting with female fire fighters attending WAFA 2012. The formal stuff: Dr Merilyn Childs, A/Prof of Higher Education, Charles Sturt University. Presentation to the WAFA Conference 2012 – ‘Achieving…Details