Opening Doors, Breaking Down Barriers

The California Firefighter Joint Apprenticeship Committee (Cal-JAC) was formed in 1982 with the objective of building a broader pool of highly qualified fire professionals that reflect California and the communities they serve. To help achieve this objective, in 2005 Cal-JAC Chair Dan Terry created the Commission to Recruit Women for the Fire Service.

Comprised of high-ranking female firefighters from throughout California, its mission is to boost interest and to educate high school- and college-aged women, as well as women transitioning from the military, about the firefighting profession and all the opportunities that are available in this rewarding career.

Labor and management are represented on the Commission, reflecting the partnership at the heart of the Cal-JAC's mission. Commission members have included Berkeley's first female fire chief -- the first African-American fire chief in California and currently includes the first African-American woman ever hired by the Los Angeles City Fire Department.

Click here to watch a video about the Commission.

To learn more about each Commission member, click on their name below.

Commission Members

Lisa Beaty, Co-Chair, Contra Costa County Fire Protection District (Ret.)

Emily Lo, Co-Chair, Davis Fire Department

Judi Cutaia, Davis Fire Department (Ret.)

d'Lisa Davies, Los Angeles City Fire Department (Ret.)

Laura Hernandez, Tracy Fire Department

Liz Brown, CAL FIRE 

Jenna Graham, Mountain View Fire Department 

Kim Larson, Alameda County Fire Department

Women's Commission News and Events

Women's Commission Launches Mentoring Program

The Cal-JAC and its Women’s Commission have launched a groundbreaking mentoring program designed to help departments keep their best and brightest and help firefighters succeed in a tough, demanding career.

2019 Cal-JAC Career Expos

Would-be firefighters will get an up-close look at what it takes to become a first responder later this summer, when the California Firefighter Joint Apprenticeship Committee (Cal-JAC) hosts its annual Career Expos. 

Women's Commission Archive