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This structured environment for presenting real-world scenarios fosters a space for critical thinking and healthy debate
Aldermen, residents criticized fire department leaders for not being at a meeting about race, discrimination and lawsuits in the department
Council petition seeks to cut the time spent in training in half, getting cadets into the academy faster
The HERo’s Girl’s Fire Camp in Solano County empowers young women to consider a career in fire, EMS
Make sure your department’s traditions, behaviors and practices aren’t putting a damper on member retention or recruitment
Fire Chief
Syracuse Fire Chief Michael J. Monds looks back at being a firefighter and offers advice on leadership
How random sampling at the final stage of the hiring process impacted diversity among the ranks
Madison’s plan to recruit from “communities historically underrepresented” will not list applicants from economically disadvantaged backgrounds
The HERo Girls Fire Camp empowers young women through hands-on experiences
Allingtown Firefighter Samantha Trayer brings her experience as a therapist to a more hands-on job
The low number of female firefighters has led the Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire to use a more standardized, widely used physical exam
It’s important to connect with your fellow firefighters, get involved in training, and avoid silos
FDNY
Officials say the 2023 class of probationary firefighters reflects increasing diversity in the department
Bobbie Scopa describes a humorous incident that took place while working a wildland fire
A new employee survey accuses St. Petersburg Fire Chief Jim Large of making sexist, racist and homophobic remarks
Leadership
Dr. Candice McDonald shares her personal journey of overcoming adversity to inspire fire and EMS leaders at ImageTrend Connect
The U.S. Forest Service and four historically Black colleges and universities have partnered for recruitment among students of color
Creating a mindset to achieve diverse, equitable and inclusive hiring practices
Leadership
Detailing the factors that create division between upper and lower management – and how we can learn to balance diverse perspectives and competing priorities
The Rochester plan includes creating an EMS division and building a new station
Fire Chief
Board members rejected calls by female and minority crewmembers to look outside the agency for a more diverse candidate pool
Out of 15,250 total applications the city received, only about 4,971 applicants were invited to take the exam
Sacramento Firefighter Waris Gildersleeve alleges that his colleagues tried to sabotage his career with damaged or old training resources, which led to injury
FDNY
The department must implement a plan to hire more women and non-white firefighters and upgrade stations to accommodate women’s privacy
The Center for Firefighter Injury Research and Safety Trends will work with the Metro Chiefs on the project to advance diversity, equity and inclusion efforts
A nonprofit group of Hispanic firefighters connects with the community and mentors potential firefighters