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Canadian Female Firefighter Study


Please click the link to find information regarding a Canadian Female Firefighter Study being conducted by

Dr. Lynne Gouliquer (St. Thomas University) and Dr. Carmen Poulin (University of New Brunswick).

Thank you!

Canadian Female Firefighters Study




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FSWO’s booth at the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs Annual Trade Show

FSWO board members are in attendance at the OAFC (Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs) Conference and Trade Show. Vice President Louise Hine-Schmidt (Ottawa Fire Services) and Registrar Jessica Stephenson (Waterloo Fire Rescue) dispensing information and membership forms at our table! If you’re in the area of the Toronto Congress Centre, May 4th or 5th, stop by and say hello!

OAFC Conference and Trade Show

OAFC Conference and Trade Show

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Ontario Fire Administration Inc. Candidate Testing Services

Ontario Fire Administration Inc
Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs
April 3, 2014

The Ontario Fire Administration Inc. Candidate Testing Services will be opening soon. Updates and information will be available on this website. The website for OFAI CTS will be available after April 4, 2014 ( In the meantime, questions can be directed to

The OFAI Administration office is at 430 Westney Road South, Unit 14, Ajax, Ontario. Our testing location is at the GTAA Fire & Emergency Services Training Institute. Please note all inquiries must be directed to the OFAI Administration office at

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York Region’s First Female Deputy Takes up Post in Vaughan

Please join us in congratulating Deryn Rizzi on her appointment of Deputy Fire Chief with Vaughan Fire and Rescue. Chief Rizzi was an integral part of our Fire ground operations during our Third Annual Conference at the Ontario Fire College.

Congratulations Chief Rizzi!
Adam Martin-Robbins

Deryn RizziDeryn Rizzi is blazing a trail for women in York Region.

The 38-year-old mother of two was named deputy fire chief in Vaughan last month, making her the first female in York region to avhieve that rank, according to city officials.

“I think your’s successful in a career when it’s your passion. My career has been my life in terms of trying to educate myself, better myself, to get to the point where I am now,” Mrs. Rizzi, a longtime Newmarket resident said. “Sometimes, I’ve had to put my family on the back seat for my career for my schooling. I’m very fortunate that I have a very supportive family and I’m here because my family have supported me the whole way.”

Mrs. Rizzi also credits those she’s served alongside with heloing her get to where she is today.

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Firefighter Offers Cautionary Tale About Women’s Treatment in the Ranks

The Chief Leader

President of the United Women Firefighters, Sarinya Srisakul and Retired FDNY Capt Brenda Berkman

President of the United Women Firefighters, Sarinya Srisakul and Retired FDNY Capt Brenda Berkman

By: Sarah Dorsey
It began before she even arrived at the firehouse. By 2003, Firefighter Tracy Lewis had been happily serving in another house in Brooklyn for almost three years, where as one of the handful of women in the FDNY, she never found herself treated differently.

But after budget cuts shuttered her firehouse, Ms. Lewis was transferred to Engine Co. 257 in Canarsie, where she says that from the minute she walked in, something was obviously wrong.

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Mississauga’s 1st Female Fire Capt Pens Inspirational Children’s Book

City News Toronto
Audra Brown

Videographer, Audra Brown, with how one female captain is inspiring young children to follow in her footsteps.

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