Mayor Garcetti halts 'flawed' LA Fire Department recruiting

Calling the recruitment process
Calling the recruitment process "fatally flawed," Mayor Eric Garcetti says no more firefighters will be hired until the Rand Corporation has a chance to reform LAFD.
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Mayor Eric Garcetti has ordered a halt to the Los Angeles Fire Department's recruiting process, calling it "fatally flawed."

The mayor's office said in a statement Thursday that the next scheduled Fire Academy class of approximately 70 cadets will not be held and no more hiring will be made from the current civil service list.

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The mayor's office cited the discovery that Fire Department staff organized special recruiting workshops for LAFD insiders, and a disproportionate amount of recruits related to LAFD staff, including some related to senior managers who oversee recruiting and training.

Also noted was a process that only considered applications received within a one-minute time period.

The mayor says he's asked RAND Corp. to assist in reforming the recruiting process.

An internal investigation has also been launched.