The View of a Female Fire Chief and the Challenge of the Firehouse Life

This session is designed to educate individuals in public service and help them understand the hurdles, and also the advantages, to being a minority/female in the fire service. The fire service has for so long been a "brotherhood" but you don't need to be a man to be a member of that elite group of firefighters. Being a minority, whether it be your gender or race or otherwise, is no longer to be looked at as a fault but as a gift. Using the trials and tribulations associated with being a female in the fire service, especially as a ranking officer, the presenter will attempt to help others overcome or even avoid those same hurdles. Firefighting is not just a career, but a lifestyle that can affect more than some of us would like to admit. Being promoted is a tough road for any firefighter. Finding your way through the ranks can cost you friends, other employment, marriages and even sometimes your own identity. This session could make a big difference in the way people view not only women in officer/chief positions, but in the ranks in general.

Keisha Amspaugh
Date & Time
Thursday, September 28, 2023, 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM