Fire Hazards

Women and nonbinary firefighters face a host of unique challenges on the job.
 
Harassment for one: A 2019 study from the Center for Fire, Rescue & EMS Health Research found that 37% percent of women in this field reported verbal harassment and sexual advances at work. 
 
A lesser-known occupational hazard: cancer and reproductive risks. Miscarriage rates among firefighters are 2.3X higher than the national average. One 2020 study of Florida firefighters found evidence of increased brain and thyroid cancer risks among women firefighters.
 
Addressing the job’s myriad hazards is key to keeping women firefighters in the field, thus building a more powerful cohort to advocate for their needs.
 
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The Hero Myth of Wildland Firefighting – Undark (commentary)

More Americans Are Moving Into Fire-Risky Areas – Bloomberg CityLab

COVID outbreaks plague LAPD and fire agencies, data show – Los Angeles Times

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