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.
This is an important initiative to study the unique and critical issues related female firefighter occupation health and safety issues and to develop initiatives, programs and strategies for this upcoming class of firefighter.
The ultimate goal of the project is to find ways that may reduce on-duty female firefighter fatalities.
This study consists of six main objectives:
Study the trends tied to female firefighter occupational health and safety issues.
A key focus will be to reduce firefighter/EMS injuries and deaths from heart attack, cancer, vehicle crashes, and suicide.
Development of effective strategies to address and reduce identified occupational health and safety issues of female firefighters.
Identify opportunities to incorporate research findings into other programs and standards.
Develop methods for dissemination of effective strategies to address and reduce identified occupational health and safety issues of female firefighters.
Update USFA applicable documents outlined on 3.0 of the Statement of Work.
A project of this size takes the hard work of many.
iWomen is grateful to have the following partners and stakeholders be a part of this important undertaking:
- Steve Austin, Cumberland Valley Volunteer Firemen’s Association
- Jim Brinkley, International Association of Firefighters
- John Butler, Chief of Howard County Fire & Rescue
- David Daniels, International Association of Fire Chiefs – Safety, Health & Survival Committee
- Jeff Dill, Firefighter Behavioral Health Alliance
- Dr. Tom Hales, National Fallen Firefighters Foundation
- Terri Reid, International Association of Professional Black Firefighters
- Heather Schafer, National Volunteer Fire Council
- Ronald Siarnicki, National Fallen Firefighters Foundation
- Sarinya Srisakui, Firefighter, Fire Department of New York
- Susan Tamme, Trustee, and also representing the International Association of Fire Chiefs – Human Relations
- Kenneth Willette, National Fire Protection Agency
The findings and related updated documents will be disseminated during the second half of 2017.