rhoda mae kerr

3:48 pm
Wed December 29, 2010

Firefighters' Union Says Chief Lowering Recruitment Standards

The chief of the firefighters' union is accusing the chief of excessively lowering recruitment standards to make the force more diverse.
Image by Callie Hernandez for KUT News

Austin Fire Association President Bob Nicks believes that Austin Fire Chief Rhoda Mae Kerr is setting the bar for job applicants too low in an attempt to increase diversity. Nicks says he will file a formal grievance with the city tomorrow.

Currently, four out of five firefighters are white. Women make up only five percent of the force.

The fire department has an extremely rare opportunity to change that. It has about 100 positions to fill. But not everyone agrees on how screen the candidates.

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