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Kansas City's Fire Department Is Failing To Diversify Its Ranks

Photograph looking down the side of a fire truck parked inside the firehouse.  The passenger side door displaying the letter K, C, F, D is open.
Sam Zeff
KCUR 89.3
A year-long investigation by The Kansas City Star found that there is a pattern of systemic racism and harassment in the Kansas City Fire Department that has been tolerated by the department for decades.

Even after being sued for discrimination, the Kansas City, Missouri, fire department's progress in recruiting firefighters of color has been slow.

According to the International Association of Black Professional Fire Fighters, a failure to increase recruitment, advancement and retention of Black firefighters can be found in firehouses throughout the country.

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