Bedtime (1)Some of you may be aware International Women’s Day is here, but what you may not be aware of is the trailblazing event happening in Shasta County and The Women’s Fund’s involvement.

Terra Fuego Resource Foundation was recently awarded a grant by The Women’s Fund of the Shasta Regional Community Foundation to provide an all-woman wildland firefighter training program. Open to women throughout Shasta County, the participants are currently learning what it takes to become a wildland firefighter.

Female representation within the fire industry is fairly low and Terra Fuego, with the help of locally based wildland fire suppression company, Firestorm, are training these women for the mental and physical requirements for the job and are providing free training, resources and materials to help these women find a career path that is right for them.

“I am lucky to have been selected for such an amazing opportunity,” program attendee Nicole Morrison said in a news release. “I have always been interested in a wildland career and now, because of the help of so many, I am able to get real insight and training from professionals I trust.”

It’s important to recognize that women now more than ever are ready and able to handle these jobs.

Even though many support this program, women still face discrimination in these strenuous positions. Clare Boothe Luce, the first American woman appointed to a major ambassadorial post abroad, said: “Because I am a woman, I must make unusual efforts to succeed. If I fail, no one will say, ‘She doesn’t have what it takes.’ They will say, ‘Women don’t have what it takes.'” 

“Equality has come a long way in such a short amount of time and we look forward to these women having the chance to succeed in a career they are passionate about and hope to have this be the first of many programs like this to come,” Terra Fuego Resource Foundation said in a written statement.

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