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Local Fire Department Aims to Hire more Minorities

WACO, TX (KXXV) - A local fire department that has struggled to hire minority employees over the years, is now working to increase diversity.

The Waco Fire Department only has 13 minority firefighters out of 192.

According to Waco Fire chief John Johnston, most of the applicants are white men.

Some minority firefighters started recruiting in neighborhoods, colleges and chambers of commerce around Waco. They will also recruit in surrounding cities and go as far as Houston.

Johnston attended a meeting on Thursday to ask for input from the Waco Equal Employment Opportunity Advisory Committee.

"If you know of any qualified and can reach out to the minority population, it would be very beneficial for the fire department and also the community,” told Johnston to the committee.

This committee provides input and recommendations to the City of Waco in regards to equal opportunity policies and practices. It is helping the city to increase its workforce diversity.

"We just want to be a just and fair, equitable community. We want all the citizenry to have access to all the opportunities that are available,” said chair Erma Ballenger.

The Waco Fire department is also developing a shadowing program for high school students who may want to be firefighters.

To find out the requirements to become a Waco firefighter, visit http://www.waco-texas.com/fire/fire-employment.asp

If you are interested in applying to the Waco fire Department, you may call them at (254) 750-1740.
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