Where There Is Smoke: The Women Firefighter Visibility Project

A woman firefighter wearing full bunker gear (helmet and jacket), is standing in profile. Beyond her, a group of women firefighters are gathered in a semi circle at a training session. A city scape is in soft focus in the background, with a big, hazy blue skyFire Service Women Ontario is proud to present 

Where There is Smoke at the 9th Annual Professional Development Symposium & AGM

When: October 26-28, 2018 

Where: Delta Waterloo Hotel: 110 Erb St. West, Waterloo, ON

Visit www.oafc.on.ca under ‘events’ for more info. 

Where There Is Smoke is an audio installation featuring women firefighters’ stories of standout and workaday moments from the community and the fire hall; a multi-dimensional portrait of career and volunteer firefighters with a diverse range of experiences and perspectives on camaraderie, fire science, training, and being one (or a few) amongst many. 

The installation follows a dozen arts workshops in Toronto, Hamilton, and Kitchener/Waterloo with 30 women firefighters, with one to twenty-five years of firefighting experience. Through storytelling and creative writing practices, these firefighters have shared their stories as part of the Women Firefighter Narrative Visibility Project that was conceived as a way for women firefighters to tell their stories in their own words and to challenge some of the misconceptions of the work of firefighting.

Partners are Fire Service Women Ontario and Red Dress Productions (creative producer and facilitator), with support from the Toronto Professional Firefighters’ Association, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, and the Workers Arts and Heritage Centre.

For more information on the Where There is Smoke, read Firefighter Julie Petruzellis’ article!

FSWO-Fall 2018 publication-2pg article