So at the risk of inflaming some… I am wondering if the Forest Service (in California) is going to start focusing on recruitment of women. Just watching…The LP had a women’s boot camp and numbers of women at fire hire continue to be low. The NY Times article from this fall is focusing on a few bad situations (and who knows the real details). I have seen discussions on FB, but would love to see it here….
I am female, but have never wanted anyone to assume I got a position for that reason. The consent decree is before my time, but the effect lingers. There are few women in fire on my unit, but I still don’t think gender is a reason to hire someone. It would be cool to see more women so there is more than one female per module but at what cost and how.
So my question for discussion is… how do we get women interested without making the men not feel like they are less important? How does a woman (or man) participate in recruiting females without being targeted as biased against men? I have watched the discussions on the women’s bootcamps on FB, and they are mixed. What is the better idea?
This is my first post here… but I’ve been watching since the old format. Will give it a whirl because the FB variety is a bit scary.