Firefighting has historically been a predominantly male profession throughout the world. However, since the 1970s, women have made inroads in both professional and volunteer fire departments in multiple countries. In modern times, women have served in a variety of fire service roles including as fire chiefs. Nonetheless, they comprise less than 20% of firefighters even in the countries where they are best represented.
Women are strong enablers when it comes to the fire safety industry. In India, 17,700 Indians died due to a fire incident which occurred in 2015. 48 people die every day due to that fire accidents out of which 62% are women.
The policy of fire and safety industry to recruit only male officers might be reinforcing gender stereotypes and should keep pace with international trends. While even in the west, the number of women staffs is very low, but in India its much below the international statistics. One has to remember that the practice of hiring only men could be construed as demeaning to the female gender. We, in the industry, know their real purpose is to provide the safety of everyone in case of emergencies.
While women have made significant gains in the past decade in terms of their noteworthy roles in different spheres of life including education, health, technology, economic participation, and political leadership.