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City seeks ways to increase women, minority firefighters


October 16, 2018

The City of Pittsburgh is looking for ways to increase the numbers of qualified women and minority firefighter candidates, and is asking for insights from workplace experts.

The city issued a Request For Information last month to find creative approaches to make the firefighting hiring process more inclusive, and reduce barriers to entry that deter women and minority participation in Fire Bureau careers.

“It is vitally important that any emergency services, or public safety organization is representative of the community it serves,” said Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire Chief Darryl Jones. “Diversity within the organization increases public confidence and trust.”

The RFI was issued with the support of International Association of Fire Fighters Local No. 1.

“We all understand there are benefits to diversity in the workplace for both the employees and the citizens we serve,” said Ralph Sicuro, president of Pittsburgh Fire Fighters Local No. 1. “We are glad to see the city is proactively looking at ways to approach this issue of diversity and look forward to working with them on way to improve our recruitment.”

The objectives of the request are:

To review the city’s firefighter hiring policies and practices, paying particular attention to their effectiveness and fairness.

To better understand recruiting and outreach efforts.

Document and assess the inherent duties and knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics needed to successfully perform the job of firefighter at the city.

Gain a better understanding of the current firefighter selection process and outline a new firefighter hiring process using industry best practices.

Make recommendations that are intended to increase the efficiency of the hiring process, bolster the evidence supporting the validity of it, and make it more transparent and inclusive.

Learn more information about alternative methods to prevent the exclusion of women and minority participation and increase the targeting of highly qualified women and minority candidates.


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