Right now, female firefighters with the Cincinnati Fire Department are wearing uniforms designed for men.  The department is working to change that.  

Assistant Chief Anson Turley told City Council's Law and Public Safety Committee Monday a master contract with the department's uniform provider expires in December 2020.

"So within a year, hopefully this will be a non-issue," Turley said. "That will have a complete set of uniform specifications that are tailored to meet the needs of our female firefighters."

He said nationally, female firefighters make up a small percentage of departments, and vendors haven't seen them as a viable section of the market. But he said the good news is that's changing.

Turley said the process will start with meeting with female firefighters about problems with the current uniforms. Read More