Role of women in services growing
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.