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Policies and Directives

FireShowsWest First Responders Training and Education Foundation
FireShowsWest Anti-Discrimination Policy


FIRESHOWSWEST FIRST RESPONDERS TRAINING AND EDUCATION FOUNDATION does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, pregnancy, age, national origin (ancestry), political beliefs, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients.

Equal Opportunity Employment
It is the policy of FIRESHOWSWEST FIRST RESPONDERS TRAINING AND EDUCATION FOUNDATION to ensure equal employment opportunity without discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, marital status, citizenship, national origin, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.


Complaint Procedure
FIRESHOWSWEST FIRST RESPONDERS TRAINING AND EDUCATION FOUNDATION (FFRTEF) encourages reporting of all perceived incidents of discrimination or harassment to the President and/or the Executive Director. It is the policy of FIRESHOWSWEST FIRST RESPONDERS TRAINING AND EDUCATION FOUNDATION to promptly and thoroughly investigate such reports. FIRESHOWSWEST FIRST RESPONDERS TRAINING AND EDUCATION FOUNDATION prohibits retaliation against any individual who reports discrimination or harassment or participates in an investigation of such reports.

Adopted 2/11/20


Event Anti-Harassment Policy
Statement of Policy

FireShowsWest (FSW), Fire Shows Group, LLC, and FireShowsWest First Responders Training and Education Foundation provides a harassment-free experience for everyone at FSW events.  FSW seeks to provide a conference environment in which diverse attendees may learn, network and enjoy the company of colleagues in a professional atmosphere.  FSW does not tolerate harassment of attendees in any form.  Use of sexual or discriminatory language and imagery is not appropriate for any FSW event.  Violators of this Event Anti-Harassment Policy may be sanctioned or expelled from the event at the discretion of the FSW event organizers.   

Definition of Harassment

Harassment includes, but is not limited to, offensive verbal comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, national origin, religion, age, marital status, military status, or any other status protected by law; deliberate intimidation; stalking; following; harassing photography or recording; sustained disruption of talks or other events; and inappropriate physical contact.  Attendees asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately. 


Definition of Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment does not refer to occasional compliments or other generally acceptable social behavior.  Sexual harassment refers to verbal, physical, and visual conduct of a sexual nature that is unwelcome and offensive to the recipient.  By way of example, sexual harassment may include such conduct as sexual flirtations, advances, or propositions; verbal comments or physical actions of a sexual nature; sexually degrading words used to describe an individual; an unwelcome display of sexually suggestive objects or pictures; sexually explicit jokes; and offensive, unwanted physical contact such as patting, pinching, grabbing, groping, or constant brushing against another’s body.  Attendees asked to stop any sexually harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately. 


Scope of Policy

This Anti-Harassment Policy applies to all attendees at FSW events, including participants, guests, staff, contractors, and exhibitors.  All attendees are expected to comply with this Event Anti-Harassment Policy at all event venues and event-related social events.  


Reporting an Incident

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact an FSW staff member immediately.  FSW staff can be identified by the official staff badge.  All complaints will be treated seriously and will be investigated promptly.  


FSW staff will be happy to help attendees contact venue security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the event.  Additional information on reporting an incident at a specific event can be found below.  


Disciplinary Action

All reports of harassment will be directed immediately to the FSW’s Conference leadership team who may consult with and engage other FSW staff, leaders and legal counsel as appropriate.  Event security and/or local law enforcement may be involved, as appropriate based on the specific circumstances.  In response to a report of harassment, the FSW Conference leadership team or FSW staff may take any action they deem appropriate.  Such actions range from a verbal warning to ejection from the event without a refund.  Offenders may be subject to further disciplinary action, such as being banned from participating in future FSW conferences or events.   

Adopted 7/11/19

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