Tag Archives: sexism and misogyny in fire service

Men could stop sexual harassment in the fire service tomorrow

By: Robert Avsec, Executive Fire Officer Or today, if it’s early in the day. Men in the fire service need to “step up” and call out sexist and misogynistic behavior by their fellow male firefighters. Women in the fire service is not the problem. A former law enforcement colleague told me one time if you want to commit the perfect ...

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Continuing Leadership Problems in a Fire Department

By: Robert Avsec, Executive Fire Officer This is the title of a recent post from my fire service colleague and attorney, Curt Varone, on his blog, Fire Law: Fairfax County’s Highest Female Officer Resigns From Women’s Program Officer Position WOW! There’s no other word that even comes close to describing my thoughts after reading Chief Stanley’s letter of resignation. After ...

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Rape in the fire service: A story revisited

Sexual assaults and rape being perpetrated on our sister firefighters by their colleagues–and in many cases their leaders–isn’t a women’s issue that they can solve.  It’s a failure of fire department leadership and that means it’s up to the men who occupy the majority of leadership positions in the fire service to eradicate this blight from our profession. 

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More on Pregnant Firefighters–And It’s Not Good!

By: Robert Avsec, Executive Fire Officer Thank you to all of you who read last week’s post and Liked it and sent along your comments on its content and intent. But if you look back at the post, you’ll notice that I’ve done some editing. I removed some of the pictures from the article and replaced them. Why? Because I ...

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