Goa's Fire and Emergency Services has sought permission from the Home Department to change its recruitment rules so that women can also join operational duties.
"The department has no women in operational duties. We have moved the file to change the recruitment rules to the Home Department," Ashok Menon, Director, Fire and Emergency services told PTI.
He said that the department has already changed the terminology from 'firemen' to 'fire fighters' so that women can also be recruited.
The proposal to change the hiring rules will be sanctioned after vetting it from law department and other related offices, he said.
The department currently has 527 employees out of which 249 are fire fighters, all men on operational duties, in its 12 fire stations across the state.