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Is Your Department Ready for a Pregnant Firefighter/Medic?

Monday, April 15
Women In Fire

Firefighter pregnancy—and the first months after the birth of a firefighter’s baby—can be one of the most complex personnel issues your fire department will confront. To top off the challenge, a new law—the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act--went into effect in June 2023 [and the Providing Urgent Maternal Protections (PUMP) for Nursing Mothers Act in December 2022]. So is your department ready? This presentation will help you create a firefighter pregnancy policy, educate you on firefighter reproduction issues in the firefighting environment, guide you through the complexities of how the law shapes your department’s pregnant-firefighter policy options, and share with you a few fire department misadventures with firefighter pregnancies that you can learn from.

John Rukavina, Director - Public Fire Safety Services