Moreno Valley College’s Fire Technology will host a workshop on Saturday, April 26, for women who are interested in a career in fire sciences. The workshop, which is free and begins at 9 am, will be held at the Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, located at 16888 Bundy Avenue in Riverside. Nationally only 3.6 percent of firefighters (10,800) are women, according to the US Bureau of Labor; and just 4 percent of individuals working in volunteer fire service jobs are women.
“Women are severely underrepresented in the fire service,” said Erin E Nash-Fairfax, an adjunct faculty member for fire technology and the EMS program. “We’d like to show young women that fire service can be exciting and a rewarding career choice. There are many choices within the fire service, other than being a firefighter. There is a need for investigators, forestry, emergency medicine, educational personnel, information technology, and even a need for administrative employees.” Recruiting women into the fire sciences continues to a challenge nationally, she said.
In order to participate in the workshop, participants must be 16 years of age or older. Attendees who are under the age of 18 are required to present a waiver signed by a parent. The workshop will include activities such as dragging and pulling fire hoses, dragging a 150-pound mannequin, raising and lowering ladders, and classroom instruction. Women interested in attending the workshop can register by calling 951-571-6197 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or Erin.Nash-Fairfax@rccd.edu. To learn more about the MVC fire program, log on to http://www.mvc.edu/fire/