The city of Erie has a new initiative aimed at diversifying the police and fire departments.
Erie Mayor Joe Schember is looking for the police and fire staff to reflect Erie’s diversity mix by 2021.
Seenah Mischel is a nine-year veteran of the Erie Fire Department. She says her life changed growing up in Buffalo when she met a black female firefighter there. At that moment, she knew she could do it too.
“Parts of this new initiative include classes in Erie’s public schools, using the reserve center to find veterans and open houses for the community.”
Other efforts to diversify the departments did not solve the problem, but the mayor believes this effort will succeed.