Background and intention: 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. We believe that women have important talents and perspectives, and that they can play a critical role in advancing fire problem solving together with men. In this first-ever Women-in-Fire Training Exchange (WTREX), we invited both women and men 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.
For more information, contact Lenya Quinn-Davidson, Council Director, at email@example.com.