REPORT, REQUEST FOCUS ON LACK OF FEMALE FIREFIGHTERS IN BOSTON
On the same morning the city released a report that found "the lack of a critical mass of female firefighters results in a male dominated department," Boston Mayor Martin Walsh announced that he will ask the state Legislature to approve a new cadet program to target female firefighters.
Of the Boston Fire Department's roughly 1,500 members, there are only 16 female firefighters, representing about 1 percent of the total force. That percentage is in line with similar departments in other major cities but lags behind the national firefighting force at large, which is about 4 percent female, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.
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