Hi ladies. This is more for the fulltimers. We are working on recruiting female applicants. In the past, the department has had little success. Of course there are many variables and reasons behind this, such as no visibility of women on the department, belief that women are not accepted, or the job just not being on a woman's radar. If you have had success recruiting applicants to apply, what methods did you use, what was the reaction and what was the eventual result?
I come from a large department where the women represent less than 1%. The realization is that we will never hold a large percentage, but there are many women out there who would be great in this career, but are unaware it is available to them. We have had some major issues over the years, me included, from poor facilities to serious harassment to serious safety issues on scene. I have considered quitting already, as have most of the women. We are part of an old department when a lot of old school mentality and some real "cowboy" firefighters (no offense to actual cowboys), so retention can also be an issue (one did quit a couple of years ago after only 4 years of service).
Anyhow, any insight would be appreciated. Thanks ladies.