TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) – The brand new class at the Toledo Fire & Rescue Department Academy is the most diverse in the department’s history. The 50-person class includes 13 women (four women of color) and 37 men, and just over half of the class is non-white. A department spokesman says she hopes residents see a bit of themselves when they see a first responder.
“To be truly diverse, we need to reflect the community we serve,” says Pvt. Sterling Rahe.
According to Rahe, with better budgets, the department can focus more on recruiting, a process that previously started only 2-3 months before a test. Now they are using relationships to find people who can relate to those they serve.
They are now year-round recruiting, working with schools and community organizations to find candidates. Then they guide and stay with interested candidates from all different parts of the city to show them how to go through the process and guide them along the way.
“What’s the path to becoming a Toledo firefighter or working in public security? A lot of people don’t understand how to do this, ”says Pvt. Rahe.
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