Women in Fire and Rescue Services

Mira Leinonen, Finland (Vice Chair: Mona Hjortzberg, Sweden)
Nicola Lown
Member countries: 

Russia, Sweden, Germany, UK, France, Austria, Serbia, Romania, Hungary, Finland, Japan, Slovenia, Denmark, Canada, USA, Germany, Netherlands

Chronology of joining member countries to the meetings:
2012 - St. Petersburg (Russia ) - Austria, Russia, Sweden, Germany, UK, France, Serbia
2012 - Bratislava (Slovakia) – Romania, Finland, Japan
2013 - Belgrade (Serbia) – Slovenia, Hungary
2013- Mulhouse (Franc)- no new members
2014 - Helsinki (Finland) - Denmark
2014 - Tokyo (Japan) - Canada, USA
2015- Stockholm (Sweden) –Norway, Polen
2015- Warsaw (Polen)- Germany, Netherlands
2016- London (Great Britain)- no new members
2016- Kongsberg (Norway)- no new members

Starting year: 
Main activities / purpose of commission: 

Commission for Women in Fire and Rescue Services' Aims:

  • Encourage Fire and Rescue Services to be inclusive for everyone
  • Improve working conditions for all women within Fire and Rescue Services
  • Make Fire and Rescue Services more attractive for women to apply and become operational firefighters and continue to support them to remain in that profession
  • Learn from each other and collect best practices
  • Encourage more countries to become active members in the Women's Commission

CTIF “Women in fire services”- working group starting year: 2012

Main activities / purpose of commission:

  • develop and issue recommendations to improve the working conditions of women
  • development of job descriptions
  • develop a questionnaire to study the psychological climate and adaptation of women in the job
  • annual publication in CTIF World Fire Statistics of information on women's activity in the field, on fires caused by children and on child casualties
  • involved new members in Commission
Way of work: 

Short history: The first Women's Committee of CTIF was formed in 1912. It was headed by Maria Ermolova (St. Petersburg , Russia ). The Great War interrupted this activity.

In 2012 the first meeting of " Women of the Fire and Rescue Service" took place in St. Petersburg( Russia )

Way of communication: 

Meetings - two per year and by e-mail, tel.

Operational firefighters:
Mona Hjortzberg

Firefighter and other roles:
Rita Kirsebom


Products of commission: 

- a survey
- recommendations