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Diversity: an applied case analysis by Bill Lowe
Publication date: 2002
This article analyzes the diversity or lack thereof in fire departments, why that is, and what can be done to improve it. Lowe particularly discusses dealing with resistance from current members of the department and what administration as well as other department members can do to ease that resistance. The article appeared in Fire Engineering, Volume 155, Issue 3, as part of the feature "Managing Diversity."
Milwaukee's diversity program: a model by Douglas Holton
Publication date: 2002
This article showcases a particular department's moves to diversify their ranks. Holton walks readers through each step they took, what worked and what didn't, and how that can be used in other departments. The article appeared in Fire Engineering, Volume 155, Issue 3, as part of the feature "Managing Diversity."
The role of the chief officer in managing diversity by John Lee Cook Jr.
Publication Date: 2002
This article discusses the importance of the chief officer caring about diversity, as departments reflect their chief. Cook also offers strategies for integrating women and people of color into the ranks of a fire department with few problems. The article appeared in Fire Engineering, Volume 155, Issue 3, as part of the feature "Managing Diversity."
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Black Heroes of Fire: The History of the First African American Fire Company in Chicago, Fire Engine Company 21 by This expos introduces and describes the background of the members of Engine 21. Engine 21 was Chicago's first organized paid African American Firefighting Company. The writer provides information and insight on changes from Slavery to Freedom in the African American Community and the political impact that affected change for African American Firefighters, during this period of reconstruction in America.
Call Number: TH9505.C4 .W142 2019
Publication Date: 2019
Firefight by In 1919, when Wesley Williams became a New York City firefighter, he stepped into a world that was 100% white and predominantly Irish. As far as this city knew, black men in the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) tended horses. Nearly a century later, many things in the FDNY had changed--but not the scarcity of blacks. New York had about 300 black firefighters--roughly 3 percent of the 11,000 New York firefighters in a city of two million African Americans. That made the FDNY a true aberration compared to all the other uniformed departments, like the NYPD. Decades earlier, women and blacks had sued over its hiring practices and won. But the FDNY never took permanent steps to eradicate the inequities, which led toa courtroom show-down between New York City's billionaire Mayor, Mike Bloomberg, and a determined group of black activist firefighters. It was not until 2014 that the city settled the $98 million lawsuit. At the center of this book are stories of courage--about firefighters risking their lives in the line of duty but also risking their livelihood by battling an unjust system. Among them: FDNY Captain Paul Washington, a second generation black firefighter, who spent his multi-decade career fighting to get minorities on the job. He faced an insular culture made up of relatives who never saw their own inclusion as favoritism. Based on author Ginger Adams Otis' years of on the ground reporting,Firefight is an exciting blend of the high-octane energy of firefighting and critical Civil Rights history.
Call Number: TH9505.N5 .O85 2015
Publication Date: 2015-05-26
Fire Service Ethics by Fire Service Ethics is the first textbook specifically developed to help fire service personnel deal with ethical dilemmas. Firefighters and fire service leaders will find benefit from this important tool to aid them in dealing with complex issues. No other profession places such discretionary burden on its practitioners as the fire service. The military, law enforcement, the medical profession, and legal profession all provide a robust set of ethical policies and guidelines to their members. Fire Service Ethics provides the foundation for creating ethical boundaries.Fire Service Ethics meets and exceeds the course outcomes and course objectives for the National Fire Academy FESHE Model Curriculum Bachelor's (Non-Core) course called Fire Service Ethics (C0303). It is also well suited for fire officer and administration development programs. Section 1 of the book is entitled Foundations. Its four chapters are intended to provide the reader with the basic understanding of ethics necessary to master the material in the succeeding three sections. Chapter 1 is recommended for all readers, as it addresses the important questions of ethical relevance to the fire service. Chapters 2, 3 & 4 are grounded in academic approaches to ethics and are specifically intended to be used in college courses. The material within the sections encourages critical analysis of ethical systems, and understanding of the basics of human behavior.Section 2 of the book is entitled Ethics on The Line. Its chapters address issues directly related to rank-and-file firefighters, and company officers. The section also deals with diversity; first as an abstract concept, and then as it applies specifically to the fire service. Section 2 is intended to serve dual purposes. First, it is designed to be included in an academic curriculum aimed at future firefighters. Secondly, Section 2 - combined with Section 4 - encompasses the majority of material appropriate for inclusion in fire service training programs.Section 3 of the text is dedicated to Administrative Ethics. The chapters within the section explore ethics issues faced by fire chiefs and senior administrative personnel. Included within the section are chapters on the building and maintenance of an ethical work culture, the ethical responsibilities associated with administration, and finally, ethics laws. Section 3 - combined with Sections 1 and 4 - is especially appropriate for officer development programs and collegiate programs in fire administration.Section 4 of the book is entitled Applied Ethics. The three chapters within the section deal with the application of ethics on the personal and department level. Included within the section are chapters on ethical decision-making, mechanisms by which unethical behavior is engaged, and a review of current ethical issues affecting local fire departments. Section 4 is universal in its application and should be used in all collegiate programs, as well as in firefighter and fire officer training programs.
Call Number: TH9158 .W36 2020
Publication Date: 2018-11-28
Molly, by Golly! by This legendary tale introduces young readers to Molly Williams, an African American cook for New York City's Fire Company 11, who is considered to be the first known female firefighter in U.S. history. One winter day in 1818, when many of the firefighting volunteers are sick with influenza and a small wooden house is ablaze, Molly jumps into action and helps stop the blaze, proudly earning the nickname Volunteer Number 11. Relying on historic records and pictures and working closely with firefighting experts, Dianne Ochiltree and artist Kathleen Kemly not only bring this spunky and little-known heroine to life but also show how fires were fought in early America.
Call Number: PZ7 .O34 2012
Publication Date: 2012-09-01
Multicultural and Diversity Strategies for the Fire Service by As the fire service becomes a microcosm of American society, Multicultural and Diversity Strategies for the Fire Service provides a useful tool to effectively address key issues and challenges of cultural diversity. This book provides valuable lessons on cultural competence, the value of cultural differences, and the acquisition of cross-cultural skills to be used in fire science college courses or fire academies at the city, fire-district, state or federal level. An advanced and exceptional multicultural writing team, the authors bring years of experience from positions of Organizational Psychologist, Criminal Justice instructor and State Police patrol supervisor working side-by-side with firefighters. Real world experience combined with strategies, information and tools in this progressive work will result in improved firefighter performance and professionalism.
Call Number: HF5549.5 .M5 W645 2009
Publication Date: 2008-05-19
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Woman on fire by In February 2015, the Village Voice heralded the arrival of "New York's Bravest"--Brooke Guinan, the first openly transgender firefighter in New York City. As a third-generation firefighter, Brooke has a passion for heroism that runs in her blood. Her father George is a respected lieutenant and 9/11 survivor with a 35-year legacy in the FDNY. People always asked Brooke if she would follow in her father's footsteps. But when Brooke transitions from male to female in her father's workplace, it poses a challenge not only to a "macho" profession, but also to the customs of the people she cares about the most: her traditional family.
Call Number: HQ77.7.G85 .W66 2017
Publication Date: 2017