Less than 10% of firefighters are women. But what these women lack in numbers, they make up for in guts and inspiration, paving the way for the next generation of women firefighters.
Opening Statistics from the National Fire Protection Association
WTREX is an intensive 12-day prescribed fire training exchange that combines live-fire training with indoor learning and discussion to advance participants’ qualifications and experience in wildland fire operations. WTREX engages both women and men in building a support network for female fire practitioners working to advance their leadership in wildland fire management.
WTREX is supported by Promoting Ecosystem Resiliency through Collaboration: Landscapes, Learning and Restoration, a cooperative agreement between The Nature Conservancy, USDA Forest Service and agencies of the Department of the Interior.
Organizations/agencies involved in WTREX 2017 (in no particular order)
Fire Learning Network
National Park Service
University of California Cooperative Extension
The Nature Conservancy
USDA Forest Service
North Carolina State University
Lafayette Fire Department
Bureau of Land Management
Firestorm Wildland Fire Suppression
Wildfire Defense Systems
Nevada Division of Forestry
Forest Fire Management Victoria
Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry
Adaptive Restoration LLC
Yale School of Forestry
Wildland Restoration International
Bernalillo County Fire & Rescue
Bureau of Indian Affairs
Disclaimer: Federal land management agency participation with REI in “Women in Fire” does not by direct reference or implication convey federal agency endorsement of REI’s products or activities.