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.

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)

Kelly Abadie, Los Angeles County Fire Department 

Melissa Mohilla, San Diego Federal Fire

Laura Hernandez, Tracy Fire Department

Women's Commission News and Events

2015 CFFJAC 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. 

CFFJAC Firefighter Career Expos Draw Qualified, Motivated Recruits

Prospective firefighters from all over California converged on the CPAT testing centers in Orange and Livermore to participate in two CFFJAC-sponsored Firefighter Career Expos.

Women's Commission Launches Mentoring Program

The CFFJAC 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.

Mentoring, Recruitment Touted at IAFF Conf.

At the invitation of the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), Commission Co-chair Emily Lo traveled to Orlando, Florida, to participate in the IAFF’s January 2012 HR Conference Pre-Conference “Diversity Recruitment: Attracting Women and Minorities to the Fire Service.”

Women's Commission Archive