Maryland Fire Department Seeks to Bolster Diversity in Ranks

The Anne Arundel County (MD) Fire Department recently a new plan for improving diversity in hiring after it was criticized for having an almost all-white recruit class.

Officials told The Baltimore Sun ( that the department's recruitment plan includes several strategies aimed at getting minorities interested in joining the fire service and successfully applying.

Officials will recruit more minorities into the volunteer firefighting service, as volunteers are given preference in hiring for county jobs, as well as recruiting entry-level firefighters and those with some experience. Mentors will also be used to guide prospects through the process, and there will be a renewed emphasis on outreach programs.


For more on diversity in the fire service, consider Diversity : We Must Define This Issue Before We Can Solve It, Diversity in the Fire Service: A Problem or a Solution? and Formulating a Successful Diversity Strategy.

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