04/25/10 144 W - + 6 - 7 FDIC Panel Debates Issue of Fire Service Diversity

Firehouse.com reports on what sounds like a fascinating panel discussion conducted this week at the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) in Indianapolis. They subject was diversity in the fire service; the panel included "an African-American lieutenant, a Caucasian lieutenant who recently won a reverse discrimination lawsuit, a female chief and a retired Caucasian chief who is also a lawyer." The discussion lasted over 90 minutes, as the panelists offered perspectives on the "thorny" topic, and also took questions from the audience. The article has a nice recap, and perhaps can serve as a useful springboard for local conversations. (Though the topic might too tricky for discussion online.) Kudos to the participants for facilitating such bold and likely needed conversation. Maybe a recording or a transcription will surface of same. Read the article.

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