Women explore careers in EMS, fire service with hands-on workshop

KIRKLAND, Wash. — King County EMS held a workshop to recruit more women to join the emergency medical services and firefighting workforce.

More than 30 women attended the Future Women in EMS and Fire event in Kirkland this weekend.

The workshop was designed by women, for women.

Participants learned CPR and firefighting tasks, then put their new skills into practice.

There was also discussion panels and networking opportunities with EMTs, firefighters, and paramedics in the Puget Sound region.

“We don’t really get much of an opportunity like this. I don’t know anywhere else that you’re able to go get your hands on a hose that you actually need,” said Marika Muesegades with Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority.

The Kirkland Fire Department hosted the event, which is usually held biannually, but was the first workshop since the pandemic.