Record number of minorities taking FDNY exam

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NEW YORK (AP) — Officials say the 42,161 would-be firefighters who took New York City’s fire exam this spring are a more diverse group than ever before.

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NEW YORK (AP) — Officials say the 42,161 would-be firefighters who took New York City’s fire exam this spring are a more diverse group than ever before.

The Fire Department says nearly 46 percent of the potential recruits were members of minority groups.

The number of women test-takers also saw an increase this year. Nearly 2,000 women took the test. That’s more than the past three test years combined.

Of the 11,200 uniformed firefighters in New York City, just 9 percent are black or Hispanic. The city is under a court order to boost the hiring, training and promotion of minorities.

John Combs is the president of the black firefighters’ group, the Vulcan Society. He tells the New York Post he hopes the increases in minorities taking the test translate into actual employment.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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