After Diversity Lawsuit, FDNY Hiring in Limbo

January 13, 2011  |  

(Network Journal) — Paul Washington is a New York City firefighter, like his dad and his uncle before him. His brother is also on the job. Some of his cousins are firefighters, too.  Family legacies aren’t unusual in the Fire Department of New York, but the Washingtons are — because they are black. And the nation’s largest fire department remains an overwhelmingly white force. But a federal lawsuit, a court order and a revamped application system are offering a glimmer of a future in which the FDNY could become as diverse as the population it serves — a goal other big-city departments have already achieved.

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