An audio installation of work stories by female firefighters
In 2017, Fire Service Women Ontario approached Red Dress to engage professional and volunteer female firefighters in a creative exploration of their work.
Where There Is Smoke is the result of the Women Firefighter Visibility Project — a series of 12 arts workshops for women in the field. Thirty women from Toronto, Hamilton, and Waterloo, Ontario, participated and shared their experiences through writing and recorded interviews.
Did you know that 3% of Ontario firefighters are women?
With careers spanning one to 25 years, their stories are the heart of this piece, which takes us into their communities and fire halls. They provide a wide range of perspectives on camaraderie, training, and of being one — or a few — amongst many.
“I Come From”: A video poem by female firefighters
- Red Dress receives Remarkable Creativity! Award
- Where There Is Smoke: UTSC, December 4-5, 2018
- Telling stories: Where There Is Smoke
- Where There Is Smoke: The Women Firefighter Narrative Visibility Project
- Attention Women Firefighters – Tell your story!
View installation photos on Flickr
Funders and partners: Fire Service Women Ontario, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, Toronto Professional Firefighters’ Association, Workers Arts & Heritage Centre