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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

DC Fire & EMS is one of the most diverse fire departments in the nation. The uniformed workforce is 48% African American, 33% DC residents (up from 27% in 2015), and 14% women (up from 11% in 2015).   In contrast, nationally, 5% of firefighters are women and 8% are African American.

Since 2015, DC Fire & EMS has made a concerted effort to hire and promote more women and DC residents, through programs like Empowering Women to Lead, the Women's Advisory Council, the Diversity Advisory Council, improving recruitment funding and staffing, and a new and more accessible entrance exam process. There are now women at every supervisor rank except fire chief. The Department provides implicit bias and diversity training to all employees and has a Racial Equity Action Plan.  ​

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