Sacramento fire officials target female recruits

Women – if you’re looking for a job that’s tough and challenging, California firefighters are looking for you. Fire officials in Sacramento announced today they’ll hold a series of recruitment fairs in the next couple of weeks to encourage women to apply. KPCC’s Julie Small reports.

Women – if you’re looking for a job that’s tough and challenging, California firefighters are looking for you. Fire officials in Sacramento announced today they’ll hold a series of recruitment fairs in the next couple of weeks to encourage women to apply. KPCC’s Julie Small reports.

Julie Small: Women make up just 5 percent of California’s firefighting force. Fire officials would like to change that.

Laura Hernandez: It’s not something that females automatically think of – oh, I could be a firefighter.

Small: Laura Hernandez was an ambulance worker eight years ago when some firefighters encouraged her to try out for the job they did. Now she’s a firefighter and paramedic in city of Tracy in Northern California. Hernandez says it’s a great job for the right woman.

Hernandez: If you have what it takes, if you’re physically fit, if you’ve played sports all your life and you want that desire of adventure in a job – this could be the job for you.

Small: But it’s a tough job to get. More than 90 percent of women accepted by firefighting academies don’t graduate. But Tracy firefighter Laura Hernandez says most women can build up the strength they need with the right training and enough encouragement.

California’s firefighters say they’re prepared to offer both to prospective recruits. Southern California women who think they have what it takes can check out a recruitment fair in Orange County next month.

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