Report: FDNY Has Three Times As Many Black Applicants
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The New York City Fire Department is seeing a three-fold rise in black applicants for its next entrance exam, according to the New York Post.
The Post says 640 black candidates have signed up for the test, compared with 184 in 2007 when the last test was given.
It is a welcomed uptick for the department, which was ordered not to hire any new recruits out of the 2007 pool because the test was ruled discriminatory.
The FDNY is currently paying $2 million a month in overtime to maintain staffing levels.
The Post says about three times as many white people have also applied.