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Shelby Perket

Shelby Perket started in the fire service in 2017 as an EMT-B on a volunteer department. She later completed Firefighter 1, Firefighter 2 and Paramedic through local technical colleges and began to explore careers in the fire service. Perket then worked for a fire department where she was an active member on multiple department committees and assisted with the training of new hires. She graduated with her bachelor’s degree in 2022, having completed a research project on harassment, discrimination and assault in the fire service. Currently, she’s completing her degree of Master in Physician Assistant Studies and plans to return to fire/EMS on a volunteer basis after graduation.

Survey finds 86% of female firefighters had been assaulted or know someone else who had been assaulted during fire/EMS work
Persistent stress from a negative work environment affects firehouse interactions and fireground operations
The statistics on sexual harassment and assault in the fire service are alarming and demand we do more than just annual online training
Turning a blind eye to hazing and harassment inhibits the growth of new members