'Women on Fire' event aims to get more females in uniform
Describing the tests as "an intense two hours," Desantis says they're great exposure to the industry
'Women on Fire' might be the solution to boosting the number of women working in emergency services in Windsor-Essex.
The event prepares women for the physical testing components of the hiring process for police, fire, EMS, border services and the armed forces.
Co-organizer Donna Desantis said last year more than 120 women went through the physical testing for each organization.
"They needed the exposure to these physical test components," said Desantis. "It's not something easily replicated in the gym."
Desantis said the tests for each division are different, describing the test for EMS as "more practical" and the test for fire as "very strenuous."
Describing the tests as "an intense two hours," Desantis said they're great exposure to the industry.
"Some women last year came out and said they'd never considered a career [in that field] in the past," said Desantis, adding that some women who did the test went out and registered in college programs for the fields.
Desantis said most of the emergency organizations in Windsor-Essex have low female representation.
"Most of our organizations are actively recruiting to diversify the department."
The second annual event will be Sat., June 29 at Tecumseh Fire Station No. 2 in Oldcastle.