Strong enough to do the job.
The 10,300 women serving in fire departments across the US face ill-fitting gear, hostility and sexism. But in the end, they say, people "don't care you're a woman when their house is on fire.'
The UK's blue light services need to adapt and modernise or they will face their own emergency.
Under the proposed reforms, the CFA will become a volunteer-only organisation.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews' firefighter reforms have much to recommend them, but there are still many hurdles to jump before they are peacefully implemented.
Changes in leadership behaviour may help with volunteer retention.
A new training course designed to help volunteers feel like a key part of the team could help to reduce attrition rates among Australia's estimated 240,000 volunteer emergency service workers.
How many firemen do we really need?
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There are other ways to make savings that don't ride rough shod over firefighters' contracts.
Malcolm Turnbull promised to solve Victoria’s firefighter dispute as the ‘first item of business’ following his re-election.
The federal government's bill to protect volunteer firefighters following a long-running dispute in Victoria will not solve the problems to which it was allegedly directed.
Historically, the CFA was a voluntary organisation. But with increasing urbanisation, there are pressures to increase the number of career firefighters.
Malcolm Turnbull is using Victoria's long-running enterprise bargaining dispute between the CFA and firefighters' union to highlight the Liberals' credentials to challenge union militancy.
For firefighters, as for communities, knowing when to leave makes all the difference.
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For a firefighter, knowing when it’s time to evacuate can be the difference between life and death. But that can be a difficult call to make when you’re trying to protect life, property and resources while…