The vile online conversations — about their co-workers’ bodies, their sex lives, their abilities as first responders — made national news almost two years ago.
Since then, Fairfax County firefighters and paramedics have had sensitivity training and seminars. The fire department even appointed a special director to deal with the rampant sexism and sexual harassment there. Nationally, others hoped that Fairfax firefighter Nicole Mittendorff’s 2016 suicide would be the “fire bell in the night” to help put an end to it.
A penis-shaped water bottle.
And instead of getting rid of it, as the Fairfax County firefighters were asked to do, they decorated it with testicles made out of duct tape.
Now one of the highest-ranking women in the fire department has had enough. Battalion Chief Kathleen Stanley, who was appointed director of the department’s women’s program in the aftermath of Mittendorff’s suicide, resigned from that position this week out of frustration with the department’s refusal to change.
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