Canada's female firefighters sexually harassed, bullied
Only about 3 percent, or 600, of Canada's 22,000 firefighters are female
By Lisa Mayor
Theirs is a reputation that is, quite literally, forged in fire, built on bravery, dedication and danger. But, for many of Canada's female firefighters, there can be a dark side: bullying, harassment and sexual assaults, a fifth estate investigation has found.
Kirstin Rudolph is a former volunteer firefighter from Fort. St. James, B.C., who says her chief sexually assaulted her and two other women she worked with for six years.
"He would ask me to have sex with him in his office," Rudolph says. "He would say if I want a promotion why don't I put on my knee pads and blow him under his desk."
The full documentary can be seen here.