Firefighters are such an elite bunch. So few people can meet the demands of this job that any form of discrimination is not only ridiculous, but also a disservice to the public. We not only wanted to encourage diversity in new recruits but also inspire more qualified candidates who think they have what it takes.
The last thing that matters in a fire emergency is ethnicity, gender identity or sexual orientation. If you can pass the difficult tests, you're in. That is the only requirement that really matters
The number of more qualified female candidates as well as recruits with diverse ethnic backgrounds has increased.