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More than 10,000 rush to apply in rebooted LAFD hiring drive
More than 10,000 rush to apply in rebooted LAFD hiring drive

More than 10,000 applicants are seeking to join the ranks of the Los Angeles Fire Department, according to data released Monday, as the city rushes to reboot a hiring process halted earlier this year amid concerns of nepotism and mismanagement. A flood of applications poured into the city Personnel Department even though the new hiring process was only approved less than three weeks ago, and the window to apply was open for just a few days last week. Mayor Eric Garcetti and other city leaders have set a goal of increasing the number of women and minorities in the LAFD ranks, but the makeup of the new applicant pool closely mirrors those of the past. Only 5% of the 10,180...

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