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Karen DeSoto Applauds the Bayonne Fire Department

In a recent article The Hudson Reporter did about a diversity initiative by the department Chief,  Karen DeSoto applauds the Bayonne fire department when she was interviewed by The Hudson Reporter.

According to Fire Chief Gregory Rogers, since July 1, 2015 — when the fire department of Bayonne was notified by the New Jersey Civil Service Commission that the state-run exam for firefighters would be held in the fall –, the department has used a number of initiatives to notify as many groups, organizations, and individuals as

The Mayor James Davis, Business Administrator Joseph DeMarco, and Rogers thought this testing was an opportunity to bring more diversity – ethnic, racial or economic – to the city’s firefighting force.

“I know the numbers are not large enough in our department, and we’re trying to get the word out,” Rogers said.
Mr. DeMarco noted that while there is no obligation for the city to promote the testing, that Chief Rogers sees the exams as an opportunity to expand and diversify the force. “He’s putting the word out into every neighborhood,” DeMarco said. “What you don’t want to hear is they wanted to be a firefighter and they never heard about the test. There is currently only one African-American on the force, who has been serving for 22 years.

The city has one African-American firefighter, who has been a firefighter for 22 years, twelve Hispanic firefighters, and one woman, Cailin Brodel.

An attorney, Professor at City University of New jersey, and civil rights activist who resides next to Bayonne in Jersey City, Karen DeSoto [who is also an on-air legal analyst for NBC News] was most enthused of the department’s direction when interviewed by The Hudson Reporter: “I hope the diversity continues; they have their first female firefighter, which excellent. The community has changed and it’s made up of many diverse people.”

Read the entire story on The Hudson Reporter here >>

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