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Objectives Guiding the Project

The project has four overarching objectives. While they are not an exhaustive list of objectives that could be relevant for the LAFD, they are the ones the city, stakeholders, and the Personnel Department targeted at the outset of this study. (See the section below describing the stakeholder interviews used to help confirm the relevance of these objectives.) Additionally, they are consistent with objectives commonly espoused by many organizations and objectives commonly discussed at length in the research literature on personnel selection.

Identify Applicants Most Likely to Be Successful Firefighters

The main priority of any municipality's effort to recruit and hire firefighters is to identify and attract individuals who have the knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics (KSAOs) to be good firefighters. Fire departments need individuals who can fight fires, handle a range of contingencies, respond to medical emergencies, and manage an array of other public crises. Additionally, Los Angeles residents need to have confidence that firefighters–who at any moment may be tasked with running into residents' burning homes, handling their belongings, or saving their lives–are trustworthy protectors of their loved ones and valuables. In other words, fire departments above all else need individuals who can be good first responders.

Ensure Equal Opportunity Throughout the Hiring Process

Municipalities need to put in place policies, practices, and procedures ensuring that job applicants are treated fairly and placed on an equal playing field throughout the hiring process. This holds true not just for individuals vying for firefighter openings but for all who seek competitive civil service positions. It is a basic tenet of U.S. law and public service that applicants be given equal opportunity to demonstrate their capability to meet job-related requirements, and public agencies need to devise processes that are legally defensible.

 
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