First Responder Diversity Study Released

Ways in which to increase the diversity among the nation’s first responders are the focus of a new report by the U.S. Department of Labor.

The DOL yesterday released results from the First Responder Workforce Diversity study, conducted for the U.S. Department of Labor’s Chief Evaluation Office by Coffey Consulting and their partners American Institutes for Research.

The research team visited five first responder departments and training sites to identify and document promising practices and strategies that promote racial, ethnic, and gender diversity in the recruitment, training, hiring, and retention of individuals in first responder occupations.

The sites included two police departments (Atlanta Police Department and Dallas Police Department), one fire department (San Francisco Fire Department), and two third-party training providers (Bay Area Youth EMT program and Camp Fully Involved).

To create a culture of diversity, the report recommends these practices:

  • diverse leadership and role models;
  • diversity central to the mission and culture; and
  • demonstrating a commitment to diversity through volunteer instruction.

BAY EMT and CFI staff members work for the program on a volunteer basis, demonstrating their commitment to providing opportunities for candidates from underrepresented groups and female candidates, respectively.

To read the report, click here.



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