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Fire Captain Julie Rider

Fire Captain Julie Rider
Join host Chris Baker and guest Fire Captain Julie Rider, Recruitment Coordinator for the Cosumnes Fire Department as they discuss the Sacramento Regional Fire Services Diversity Committee and how the Cosumnes Fire Department provides opportunities and strategies for recruiting women into the fire service. During this episode, they also discuss the recruitment for the Cosumnes Fire Department and an overview of the entry-level fire recruit hiring process.

Fire Captain Julie Rider

Captain Julie Rider began her fire service career as a fire intern through the Cosumnes River College Fire Intern Program in 1997. She previously worked as a paralegal for an attorney while attending college until she was hired as a Firefighter/EMT with the Elk Grove Fire Department in 1999. Captain Rider has 23 years of experience in the fire service. During her tenure, she has mentored, taught, and inspired fellow firefighters, interns, and recruits and is committed to finding new innovative ways to connect the community with the Cosumnes Fire Department. Captain Rider is currently assigned to the EMS Division as a day-shift EMS Captain.

In addition to the EMS-related programs, Captain Rider is also engaged in several department programs; for example, she created a marketing team after the consolidation of the Cosumnes Fire Department and implemented the Cosumnes Fire's Citizen Fire Academy. She is an active member of the Cosumnes Fire Department peer support team (and regional peer support); Fire Academy PT instructor; social media administrator; a committee member for Regional Diversity & Recruitment; Safety Committee member and member of Golden State Women in the Fire Service.

Captain Rider has spent her entire career with a focused purpose on outreach and recruitment and has helped many future firefighters navigate a path into the fire service.

Are you interested in a career with Cosumnes Fire? Join us on Wednesday, April 6 at 4 PM for a tour of our fire training center, home to the Cosumnes Fire Academy, at 10573 E. Stockton Blvd. in Elk Grove.

Firefighters and Academy staff will answer your questions and give some insight on the Academy experience. No registration necessary.


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