Fire Department of New York officials announced this month that a record number of minorities took its firefighter exam this spring. The Fire Department says nearly 46 percent of the potential recruits were members of minority groups. The number of women test-takers also saw an increase this year. Nearly 2,000 women took the test. That’s more than the past three test years combined. That’s a good thing, but it’d be even better if these applicants were even more prepared. More on that in a minute.
Dr. Cassi L. Fields is the President and CEO of Fields Consulting Group and Limited Exposure Theory (LeT)© Corporation. She is an industrial and organizational psychologist with more than 20 years developing, implementing, and analyzing selection and promotion programs in Fire Departments. Dr. Fields serves as an expert in employment discrimination lawsuits and is known for solving employment discrimination problems with public safety departments. She has assisted thousands of minorities and females advance in public safety environments.