Summary: In 2013, after a five-year hiring freeze, the City of Los Angeles resumed hiring new firefighters for the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD). Within a year, however, the hiring effort was met with waves of criticism and calls for reform.¹ Critics charged, among other things, that the selection criteria lacked transparency and that the hiring process appeared to favor applicants with connections to current LAFD firefighters. They argued that the training class was significantly less racially diverse than the city of Los Angeles and contained only one female candidate. They also cited the fact that more than 20 percent of
ISBN: 9780833088390
DOI: 10.7249/j.ctt14tqcrt.8