The California Fire Service March-April 2023

16 • THE CALIFORNIA FIRE SERVICE MAGAZINE • MARCH/APRIL 2023 Beverly Hills Fire Department Girls Empowerment Camp 2022. Back row: Tanya Crabbe Firefighter Paramedic Los Angeles Fire Department, Sequoia Barrera San Bernardino County Fire Hand Crew, Katya Oneill Firefighter Orange County Fire Authority, Missy Forret Firefighter Orange County Fire Authority, Cinnamon Basco Fire Engineer Costa Mesa Fire Department, Carly Gire Firefighter Rancho Cucamonga Fire Department, Naomi Forgay Probationary Firefighter West Covina Fire Department, Lauren Andrade Fire Captain/Bagpipes Orange County Fire Authority. Front row: Samantha Harper Firefighter Hemet Fire Department, Melissa Hillis Fire Engineer Beverly Hills Fire Department, Andrea Binley Fire Captain San Bernardino County Fire Department a facility where firefighters will be afforded training and educational opportunities in a setting that promotes equity for women and all members of the fire service. This facility will also address the childcare needs of women interested in fire service careers who are hindered by the availability of childcare while they train. LAFD Fire Chief Kristin Crowley has committed to developing a strategic plan with the Women’s Fire Alliance. The vision is to have the Women’s Fire Alliance as the umbrella over the other women firefighter organizations like LAFD’s Los Angeles Women in the Fire Service (LAWFS) and LA County Fire’s Women’s Fire League (WFL). Ultimately, WFA would like to expand to include women firefighters in northern and central California. A partnership with CSFA is the way to make that happen. CSFA shares our values of supporting diversity, equity, inclusion, and service. CSFA is the only statewide fire service organization that serves the needs of all of the state’s firefighters-paid career, paid call, volunteer, municipal, private and military and from all ranks - from fire science students to fire chiefs. WFA and CSFA are dedicated to giving back to the fire service - the brotherhood and sisterhood that has given us so much. Deena Lee is the fire chief of the El Segundo Fire Department. She may be reached at Dlee@elsegundo. org. For more information about the Women’s Fire Alliance visit https:// Women’s Fire Alliance - Continued from page 9