Who is Rescue Chic?
Rescue chic is about the women of Emergency Services. It's about the women who serve their community, their state, and their country. We are you! We've been where you are and we are excited to see Strong, Confident Women enter this field at all ages and become leaders; paving the path for future women who desire to become something Amazing! We believe in paying it Forward. We are committed to Empowering and Encouraging future generations of women by providing the building blocks for their success. Together we are stronger.
Throughout the history of EMS, Fire, Rescue, Law Enforcement and other Emergency Services, women typically played a limited role. Still we see women struggle to gain the respect and support they deserve in their efforts to serve. We see women forced to prove themselves capable and worthy of acceptance.
How do we create change?
As times change and women become Educators, Captains, Chiefs, Supervisors, Commanders etc., there becomes a shift. The generation opposed to women in the field is leaving and the next generation enters with strong women in place, in the roles of instructor, preceptors, officers and other leaders.
In some communities greater than 50% of the force are women, while in others they have yet to hire their first female. We DO NOT want standards reduced, to do so would imply that we can't 'cut it.' Women are capable of meeting and exceeding the standards. A level playing field and fair opportunity is all we desire.
The uniqueness of Emergency Services
Emergency Services is a unique profession. "Less than 1% of the population could 'handle' this profession." We live with our co-workers for days on end, spending more time with them than our own families, risk our lives and health to help people we don't know.
We spend hours working for very little pay and some make the ultimate sacrifice in the interest of helping a total stranger. We ask little in return and when someone says, "I could never do your job...." we don't look at them as weak, we simply recognize we are something special, or a 'special breed' as some would say. We are given the ability to handle anything good old Murphy's throws our way.
Women in Rescue.
We recognize that women not only have to be strong physically, but mentally and emotionally. When I started my career at age 19 as an EMT and Fire Explorer, I thought I had to be 'one of the guys.' I thought I had to act like a guy, as if I could hide being a girl. One day I had a conversation with one of the seasoned female firefighters. She told me, "As a firefighter you can easily forget you're a girl. Once in a while remind yourself to get a 'mani', get a 'pedi', do your hair, and put on a dress, or after a while you'll lose who you are." I've often passed that same advice on to the next generation of females I've trained. And now with the rise of Cross-Fit, Extreme sports, Women's pro-sports and many other professions, Skinny and Helpless is out; Tough, Strong and Confident is in!
Rescue Chic is based on the premise that 'You can be TOUGH and be a GIRL.' I love what I do and it was never about the money (clearly as we know what EMT's/Medics make). It's not just a job, it's a life, it's a calling, it's an identity.
You don't stop being a Medic, Firefighter, an EMT, a Nurse or a Rescue Worker when you clock off, it's who you are! We are proud of what we do and we promote it.
FireMen wearing Women's pants? WHAT?!
Imagine an all-male engine company walking in for new uniform's and being handed a stack of pants marked, "Women size 12, 14, 16, 18...." Then being told, "you're gonna have to make them work." Unions and attorneys would have a hay-day!
Then why, after so many years of women wearing uniforms, are we still sent to the uniform shop praying they have a 'miracle-worker-seamstress' who can take a pair of men's pants and bring the crotch up, the hips out, the length up and the waist in line with a women's figure? By no means are we looking to have our uni's fit like our favorite pair of jeans, we simply don't want feel like a clown jumping out of an ambulance during the circus show.
We collect t-shirts, hats, hoodies, etc., from events, expos, departments, and fundraisers. Problem is they are typically men's cut, men's sizes and still not made for the rapidly growing number of women deserving of wearing them.
We see so many shirts that have lame sayings, some out-right crude, which degrade who we are as professionals, some which portray an unnecessary arrogance, again, not the image we've busted our butts to have. We wanted something Stylish, Top Quality, and FIT FOR A WOMAN! This is why Rescue Chic was created. You work hard, you are a woman and you deserve something that is Made by Women in Emergency Services for Women in Emergency Services.
What you WILL see here - Handpicked, Top Quality, Stylish, Women's Apparel, which promotes the professional and fun side of Rescue. What you WILL NOT see - lame, crude, 'rescue geek' slogans that promote an arrogant image of the hard working Women of Rescue.
Best of all, a portion of ALL proceeds from our apparel will go to enrichment programs, designed to help fellow sisters be successful in their pursuit of helping others. After all, if we aren't helping others, we aren't doing our job!
"Coming together is a Beginning,
Keeping together is a Process,
Working together is Success."
~ Henry Ford
Be Safe and Do Great things ~
Dannie Myers EMT-P, RN, CCT-RN, Founder