Who is Rescue Chic?
Rescue chic is aboutÂ the girls of Emergency Services. Â It’s about the women who serve their community, their state, and their country. Â We are you! Â We’ve been where you areÂ and we are excited to seeÂ Strong, Confident WomenÂ enter this field at all ages and become leaders;Â paving the pathÂ forÂ future women who desire toÂ become something Amazing! Â We believe in paying it Forward. Â We are committed toÂ Empowering and EncouragingÂ future generations of girls byÂ providing the building blocks for their success.
Play on words? Â Yes!
The name Rescue Chic is two-fold.Â Â The term “chick” in slang used to reference a female – easily recognized, however when spelled without the ‘k’ takes on a whole new meaning – (Sheek): Noun. Â Smart, Elegance and Sophistication especially of dress or manner. Â a distinct mode of dress or manner associated with a fashionable lifestyle, ideology, or pursuit : style < wears her clothes with superb chic>
Throughout the history of EMS, Fire, Rescue, Law Enforcement and otherÂ Emergency Services, womenÂ typicallyÂ played a limited role. Â StillÂ we see women struggle to gain the respect and support they deserveÂ in theirÂ efforts to serve. Â We seeÂ women forcedÂ to prove themselves capable and worthy ofÂ acceptance.
How do we create change?Â
AsÂ times change and women become Educators, Captains, Chiefs, Supervisors, Commanders Etc., there becomesÂ aÂ shift. Â The generation opposed to women in the field is leaving and the next generation enters with strong women in place, in the roles ofÂ instructor, preceptors,Â officers and other leaders. Â In some communities greater than 50% of the force areÂ women, while in others they have yet to hire their first female. Â We DO NOT want standards reduced,Â to do so would imply that we can’t ‘cut it.’ Â Women are capable of meeting and exceeding the standards. AÂ level playingÂ field and fairÂ opportunity is all we desire.
The uniqueness of Emergency Services
Emergency Services is a unique profession. They say,Â “Less than 1% of the population could ‘handle’ this profession.”Â Â Â We live with our co-workersÂ 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 and who may never say, “Thank you.” Â We spend hoursÂ working forÂ very little pay and some make the ultimate sacrificeÂ in the interest of helping a total stranger. Â We ask little in return and when someone says, “I could never do your job….” Â we don’t look at them as weak, we simply recognize we areÂ something special, or a ‘special breed’ as some would say. Â We are given the ability to handle anything good old MurphyÂ throws our way.
Is it OK to be a Girl?
â€‹We recognize that women not only have to be strong physically, but mentally and emotionally. Â When I started my career at age 19Â as an EMT and Fire Explorer, I thought I had to be ‘one of the guys.’ Â I thought I had to act like a guy, as if I could hide being a girl. Â One day I had a conversation with one of the seasoned female firefighters. Â She told me, “As a firefighter you can easily forget you’re a girl. Â Once in a while remindÂ yourselfÂ toÂ get a ‘mani’, get a ‘pedi’, do your hair, and put on a dress, or after a while you’ll lose who you are.” Â I’ve often passed that same advice on to the next generation of girls I’ve trained. Â AndÂ now with the rise ofÂ Cross-Fit, Extreme sports, Women’s pro-sports and many other professions, Skinny and HelplessÂ is out;Â Tough, Strong and Confident isÂ in!
Rescue Chic is based on the premise thatÂ ‘You can be TOUGHÂ and be a GIRL.’Â I love what I do and it was never about the money (clearly as we know what EMT’s/Medics make). Â It’s not just a job, it’s a life, it’s a calling, it’s anÂ identity.Â You don’t stop being a Medic,Â Firefighter, an EMT, a Nurse or a Rescue Worker when you clock off,Â it’s who you are!Â Â We are proud of what we do and we promote it.
FireMen wearing Women’s pants?
What?!Â Â Imagine an all-male engine company walking in for new uniform’sÂ and being handed a stack of pants marked, “Women sizeÂ 12, 14, 16, 18….” Â Â Â Â ThenÂ beingÂ told, “you’re gonna have to make them work.”
Then why, after so many years ofÂ girls wearing uniforms,Â are we still sent to the uniform shop praying they haveÂ a ‘miracle-worker-seamstress’ who can take a pair of men’s pants and bring the crotch up, the hips out, the length up andÂ the waist in line with a girlsÂ figure? Â 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. Â Problem isÂ they are typicallyÂ men’s cut, men’s sizesÂ and still not made for the rapidly growing number of women deserving ofÂ wearing them.
WeÂ see so many shirts that have lame sayings, some out-right crude, Â which degrade who we are asÂ professionals, some which portray anÂ unnecessary arrogance, again, not the image we’veÂ busted my butts to have. I wanted somethingÂ Stylish,Â somethingÂ Top Quality, somethingÂ FIT FOR A WOMAN! Â ThisÂ is whyÂ Rescue Chic was created. You work hard, you are a woman and you deserve something that wasMade by Women in Emergency Services for Women in Emergency Services.
Â What you WILLÂ see here –Â Handpicked, Top Quality, Stylish, Women’s Apparel,Â which promotes theÂ professional and funÂ side of Rescue. Â What you WILL NOT seeÂ – lame, crude, ‘rescue geek’ slogans that promote an arrogant image of the hard working Women of Rescue.
Â Â Best of all, aÂ portion of ALL proceedsÂ from our apparel will go to enrichment programs, designed to help fellow sisters be successful in their pursuit of helping others. Â After all, if we aren’t helping others, we aren’t doing our job!
Be Safe and Do Great things ~
Dannie Myers Â EMT-P, RN, CCT-RN, Founder