Report does not substantiate claims Virginia fire department is hostile to women

  • Source: Washington Post
  • Published: 03/14/2018 12:00 AM

The Fairfax County fire department has problems with leadership, communication and the status of paramedics, but it does not face widespread issues with the treatment of women in its ranks, according to a report released Tuesday. The review by county officials comes just weeks after fire chief Richard R. Bowers Jr. announced his retirement amid accusations from a top-ranking female firefighter that women face a toxic atmosphere in the department. Battalion Chief Kathleen Stanley’s resignation in January as interim head of the department’s women’s program sparked the probe.


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