Mayor halts 'flawed' LA Fire Department recruiting

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Updated: 3/20 2:24 pm

LOS ANGELES (AP) — 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.

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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