Women's Commission Co-Chair Touts Mentoring, Recruitment at IAFF Conference

California's success in recruiting and retaining women and minorities is earning national attention, thanks in part to the CFFJAC's Women's Commission.

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.”

Serving as a panelist at the Sunday January 22 event, Lo -- a Davis City firefighter -- discussed the Commission’s many accomplishments to date, including creating the CFFJAC’s successful Firefighter Career Expos, and breakthroughs in developing mentoring programs to help women pass the CPAT, get hired, and retain as well as advance in their positions in the Fire Service.

Emily shared her first-hand knowledge on mentoring to over 50 attendees, and enhanced her presentation through the showing of the subject-related videos developed by the Commission and Fire Star Productions: “Mentoring” and “A Day in the Life of a Firefighter.

I was honored to participate in the panel discussions focused on mentoring," said Lo. "Those of us who have successful fire service careers know there is no price tag on the value of being mentored. The real payment is giving back as a mentor yourself."”