FDNY officials earmark more than $1 million to recruit more minorities

The FDNY announced Friday that it has allocated more than $1 million in an effort to recruit more minorities to the department. The new recruiting push comes at a time when the FDNY is under investigation by the federal government for its hiring practices.

Of the nearly 12,000 firefighters, more than 90 percent are white, which the fire commissioner attributes to the handing down of jobs from one generation to the next. Under the new recruitment effort, minority applicants will receive tutoring for the exam.

The fire commissioner says the outreach process has already begun with recruiters going to churches and other public places around the city.

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