LOCAL 1014 IS PROUD TO HAVE CELEBRATED
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY 2017
“To help forge a better working world and more gender inclusive world” was the theme of the observance this year.
While there will be many forms to observing this day to help raise awareness of so many issues… Local 1014 would like to take the moment to recognize our Sisters who proudly serve the citizens of LA County.
Los Angeles County Fire Fighters IAFF Local 1014 represents many women in all ranks and positions serving in the LA County Fire Department. Firefighters and Paramedics, Dispatchers, Fire Prevention Jobs, Forestry, FSA’s…both past and present.
As Local Union President I will not be shy nor run from recognizing the Local 1014 an Proud Union Sisters that I work for and work with on our job. We have many great women serving in all of our positions. Many Local 1014 members have daughters who are preparing and seeking a career in the Fire Service as well. It is today that we not only take time to recognize our Sisters but also the fact that more can be done to attract and retain well qualified women firefighter and paramedic and fire personnel candidates.
Local 1014 has been a big part of the Women’s Commission within the California Fire Fighter Joint Apprentice Committee, with our own Kelly Abadie a member of the committee. CFF JAC is dedicated to recruitment and mentoring in a way to attract the top women in the state who desire to be professional firefighters.
A reality is we can and must do better in our quest to attract the best women in the state and actually hire them to work for LA County Fire! The national average percentage of women working in the fire service is between 4% and 7% regionally. LA County Fire is less than 1% and we have been for some time due to our hiring practices. We simply can and must do better. The military, police departments, the building trades have all done better and are in the 12-21 % levels of women serving. If we don’t tackle this project, then someone else will for us.
We look forward to working with our own Local 1014 Members who are women serving, and the CFFJAC to ensure that we can recruit and hire the best and most qualified women in the state. We can do better.
Once again, today we recognize the outstanding Women of Local 1014 and of Los Angeles County Fire Department for your service and achievement as professionals in the fire service world.
President IAFF Local 1014
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