PITTSBURGH, PA (October 2, 2018) The City of Pittsburgh is looking for ways to increase the numbers of qualified women and minority firefighter candidates, and is asking for insights from workplace experts.
The City issued a Request For Information last month to find creative approaches to make the firefighting hiring process more inclusive, and reduce barriers to entry that deter women and minority participation in Fire Bureau careers.
“It is vitally important that any emergency services, or public safety organization is representative of the community it serves,” said Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire Chief Darryl Jones. “Diversity within the organization increases public confidence and trust.”
The RFI was issued with the support of International Association of Fire Fighters Local No. 1.
“We all understand there are benefits to diversity in the workplace for both the employees and the citizens we serve,” said Ralph Sicuro, President of Pittsburgh Fire Fighters Local No. 1. “We are glad to see the city is proactively looking at ways to approach this issue of diversity and look forward to working with them on way to improve our recruitment.”
The objectives of the request are: