Firefighters extinguishing gender inequality


The region’s firefighters are working towards gender equity and violence prevention.

The Country Fire Authority North West Region has released a Gender Equity and Violence Prevention Action Plan.

By 2020, the plan aims to foster greater gender equity within the organisation, develop a culture of non-violence, pave the way for positive change, and educate CFA members. 

Women’s Health Loddon Mallee helped develop the document, in partnership with CFA staff and volunteers.

The initial advisory group was established in 2014.

“Our regional leaders are fully supportive and already taking action on gender equity and inclusion more broadly,” Assistant Chief Officer Gavin Thompson said. 

“By sharing best practice and by developing workforce training opportunities and partnerships with key agencies, we’ll contribute to positive cultural change within the region.”

November 25 marked the start of 16 days of activism against gender-based violence.

The campaign started on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, which is also White Ribbon Day.

It concludes on December 10, which is Human Rights Day.

If you or someone you know is impacted by sexual assault, domestic or family violence, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit In an emergency, call 000.