SPOKANE, Wash. — Women in Fire announced Sunday that the International Women in Fire Conference will take place in Spokane.
After the initial delay due to COVID-19, Women in Fire plan to host this event that has been three years in the making on Sep. 28th through Oct. 1st. This will be the first time the Women in Fire conference has been held in the Pacific Northwest. Women in Fire said they strive to lead by providing training, education, advocacy, resources, mentoring and networking to enhance the fire service.
Besides a training opportunity, the event offers a unique opportunity for researchers to work with a greater number of women in the fire service to tackle research relating to reproductive health impacts on firefighters and personal protective equipment fit for women in the fire service. Researchers plan to gather data necessary to effect recommendations and change with the results.
One of the events during the conference features a 5k fun run on Friday Oct. 1st in Riverfront Park. Proceeds will go toward the Vanessa Behan crisis nursery.
Amy Hanifan, President of Women in Fire, said in a press release Sunday that the event will be taking necessary precautions to ensure the safety of all attendees. The event plans in provide temperature checks and will be requiring all attendees to wear masks indoors per the mask mandate in the State of Washington. Attendees will be asked not to participate in training if they exhibit COVID-19 symptoms or feel ill.
The event offers both virtual and in-person options for participants. You can register for the event here.