Role of women in ser­vices grow­ing

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - News -

FE­MALE emer­gency ser­vice work­ers and vol­un­teers across the re­gion were recog­nised for their con­tri­bu­tion to pro­tect­ing and em­pow­er­ing their com­mu­ni­ties last week when the Man­jimup-based De­part­ment of Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices Lower South West Of­fice and Op­er­a­tion Cen­tre hosted an af­ter­noon tea to cel­e­brate In­ter­na­tional Women’s Day.

Supt John Till­man said with Walpole and Man­jimup rep­re­sent­ing two out of five fe­male fire cap­tains across the State, it was great to no­tice a con­tin­u­ing trend of women step­ping into lead­er­ship roles within the emer­gency ser­vices.

“It’s an ab­so­lute plea­sure to recog­nise these fe­male vol­un­teers tak­ing on in­cred­i­ble lead­er­ship po­si­tions within our emer­gency ser­vices,” he said.

“They should all be very proud and we are very priv­i­leged to have them as role mod­els in our com­mu­ni­ties and emer­gency ser­vices.”

Twenty-two per cent of the 27,000 DFES vol­un­teers in WA are fe­male and Supt Till­man said this num­ber was con­tin­u­ing to grow.

“In my mind, in the last decade we’re re­ally see­ing women step up, es­pe­cially into roles that were tra­di­tion­ally seen as a ‘male do­main’,” he said.

“It’s an ab­so­lute evo­lu­tion and rev­o­lu­tion in that re­gard.

“It’s great to be break­ing those bar­ri­ers.”

Just some of the women who work or vol­un­teer in fire and emer­gency re­sponse teams across the Lower South West.

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