Aldermen demand more frequent firefighter entrance exams to diversify CFD


The Chicago Police Department has been holding frequent entrance exams — in May and June of this year with a third coming up in December — as it wraps up a two-year hiring surge to add 970 additional officers over and above attrition.

But the Chicago Fire Department is a different story. There was a firefighters entrance exam in 2014. There won’t be another one until 2021.

On Tuesday, African-American aldermen who have clamored for diversity in a fire department with a long and documented history of discrimination demanded more frequent testing.

“Don’t you think that’s an investment that is worthwhile? We can’t keep doing the same dance expecting different results. We’re not gonna be able to diversify the fire department until we recruit diversity to the fire department,”…

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