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Preface

In 2014, the City of Los Angeles Mayor's Office sought assistance from the RAND Corporation to find ways to improve the process the city uses to hire firefighters into the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD). RAND proposed and received approval to execute a research and analysis project that has four primary goals:

• Recommend ways to improve the city's hiring policies and practices so that it may identify the applicants most likely to be successful firefighters.

• Ensure that the city provides an equal opportunity of being hired to all qualified applicants for firefighter positions.

• Suggest methods for improving the demographic diversity of new firefighter hires.

• Minimize costs for the city and its applicants.

RAND conducted a three-month review of Los Angeles's firefighter hiring policies and practices, paying particular attention to their effectiveness and fairness. This report presents the results of that three- month effort. It reviews the city's current hiring practices, outlines a new firefighter hiring process, and makes recommendations that are intended to increase efficiency of the hiring process, bolster the evidence supporting the validity of it, and make it more transparent and inclusive.

A Note About Hiring Practices and the Law

Although we discuss several aspects of employment law throughout this report, this is not intended to be legal advice or recommended strategy. Before proceeding with any changes to its selection process, the city should consult with its own legal counsel to determine an appropriate course of action.

The RAND Safety and Justice Program

The research reported here was conducted in the RAND Safety and Justice Program, which addresses all aspects of public safety and the criminal justice system, including violence, policing, corrections, courts and criminal law, substance abuse, occupational safety, and public integrity. Program research is supported by government agencies, foundations, and the private sector.

This program is part of RAND Justice, Infrastructure, and Environment, a division of the RAND Corporation dedicated to improving policy and decisionmaking in a wide range of policy domains, including civil and criminal justice, infrastructure protection and homeland security, transportation and energy policy, and environmental and natural resource policy. For more information about the Safety and Justice Program, see rand.org/safety-justice or contact the director at This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it

 
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