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The St. Paul Fire Department has been working to diversify its ranks.
According to a July 2013 department diversity report, a little more than 2 percent of sworn, uniformed employees were Asian compared to 15 percent of St. Paul residents. For women, there is a larger discrepancy with 4.8 percent composing the total sworn employees, even though women make up more than 51 percent of the city of St. Paul.
The Fire Department has taken several steps to diversify its ranks including the EMS Academy, a program designed to recruit and train low-income young adults from diverse backgrounds, and a new diversity task force, which has been working on recommendations to improve the department’s searching, testing and hiring processes.
“We need to reflect the community that we serve,” said St. Paul Fire Chief Tim Butler.
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