Beckley Fire and Police Departments encouraging minorities and women to apply

BECKLEY, WV (WOAY) – Beckley city officials are encouraging minority residents to join the Beckley fire and police departments.

The Beckley fire department has been looking to increase the number of minorities and females within their ranks for many years. The city is offering college incentive pay to those who sign up, as well as tuition assistance for existing department members who wish to obtain a degree.

“We do just want to make our department more reflective of the community that we live in,” said Beckley Fire Department Lieutenant Chris Lanna. “We’re hoping that by going out in the community and pushing more minorities and females to apply that we can make that reflection within our department.”

The Beckley Fire Department will be participating in the diversity hiring event in September.