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‘Fireman’ vs. ‘firefighter': What’s in a name – a fire service association name, that is

A message to the states that have not yet changed their association name to reflect that both men and women serve our communities

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In this episode of the Side Alpha Podcast, Chief Marc Bashoor unpacks the issue of what we call ourselves, specifically related to the use of the word “firemen” vs. “firefighter” in the names of fire service associations and organizations.

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On the Side Alpha on FireRescue1 podcast, Chief Marc Bashoor puts fire service leaders and emerging leaders in front of the hot topics facing firefighters.