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    In an article printed in the Harvard Business Review, a UCLA professor argued that there are too many white male firefighters in America.

    Corinne Bendersky, Professor of Management and Organizations at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, who does research on “gender bias,” posited “black firefighters still face challenges with social exclusion and explicit racism,” and “firefighters tend to default to a reductive set of traits (physical strength evaluated through strict fitness tests, for example) that serve to maintain white men’s dominance in the fire service.”

    In addition, Bendersky opined that because 64% of calls for firefighters are triggered by medical emergencies, being male is often insufficient, writing, “To succeed as a firefighter, stereotypically masculine traits like brawn and courage are simply not enough. Firefighters also need the intellectual, social, and emotional skills required to deliver medical emergency aid, support each other through traumatic experiences, and engage intimately with the communities they serve.”
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    the only criteria for a first responder is ability and qualifications. Has this ucla professor ever put his life on the line to protect the public?

    This story reminds me of this clip from the TV series Rescue Me that was on a while back

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    The dimwitted professor obviously hasn't had any interactions with real firefighters. I know the local FD lowered their standards for the sake of diversity and particularly for promotions. I have a relative who some time ago was employed by a major local fire department. He took early retirement at a substantial financial loss because he said that he could no longer put his life in danger by unqualified co-workers. It's one thing when you're in an office than when you're out fighting a fire. He had risen fairly high in the ranks, but couldn't stand it anymore.
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    Ridiculous. Other races, and gender (women), have the same opportunity as 'white, males'. Maybe if there were better role models for other races, they would grow up wanting to protect and serve the community rather than joining gangs.

    Besides, I'm pretty sure 99.9% of people don't ask a fireman to demask themselves so they can decide if they want to be saved by him!
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    Mental illness on parade...
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    This British-T-Word should put her life where her mouth is and screen firefighters who come when her house is ablaze.
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    What I see of the DFD is pretty diverse racially. Not so much gender-wise, it's mostly male.

    But they are all hot-young, old, black, white, whatever. When I lived in the city, an empty building across the street from me went up in flames. It took DFD a couple of hours to put it out completely. All the women on my block were out watching them work, as were plenty of the men, as I lived in a gay friendly neighborhood (safe for me).
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