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    Does anyone know if there are any legal requirements for mixed gender sleeping quarters? Our resident volunteer fire district currently shares one large sleeping quarter and offers two individual restrooms. Do we need to offer separate sleeping quarters for men and women? If so, do partitions count as "separate" sleeping quarters. Thanks.


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    We had partitions for a large dorm area....and everyone slept in shorts. Now we have separate rooms for females. There is no law that I know of....
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    There is no law that I know of. We have large dorm style rooms in all of our stations. Some of them have portable or built in partitions between the bunks. The only rule we have is that you must sleep in shorts at night. Some stations do have seperate locker and bathrooms, but the ones that dont has locks on the door for seperate changing when needed.

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    We don't have any mixed gender members, just boys and girls.
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    We have one female working in our department and we have a communal bunk room - the rule is that everyone must be decent (shorts and a t-shirt atleast) at night, and there are locks on the doors to the locker room/showers.

    I don't know of a law (way above my pay grade to know the answer to that one) but that is the way we have things work at our department.

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    Our HQ station and Station 2 have individual dorm rooms. Station 3 has a communal bunk room with dividers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RID87 View Post
    Does anyone know if there are any legal requirements for mixed gender sleeping quarters? Our resident volunteer fire district currently shares one large sleeping quarter and offers two individual restrooms. Do we need to offer separate sleeping quarters for men and women? If so, do partitions count as "separate" sleeping quarters. Thanks.
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    All fire houses have the same bed area in the main bed hall.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JayDudley View Post
    We had partitions for a large dorm area....and everyone slept in shorts. Now we have separate rooms for females. There is no law that I know of....
    If you give the females seperate rooms and the males have to share a common dorm, you're technically opening yourself up to sexual discrimination charges.

    You don't have to supply seperate facilities but you do have to be sure everyone's facilities are equal.
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    In my experience, it's the spouses (male and female) of the firefighters are the ones that complain abot mixed sleeping quarters the most.

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    The female firefighters here chose to keep sleeping in the common dorm area as opposed to being alone and not having others around while they slept. Has worked for over 20 years. They do get their own locker room areas though.

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