Mayor Garcetti halts 'flawed' LA Fire Department recruiting

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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.

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