CLEVELAND -- There are no "help wanted" signs, but the city of Cleveland is putting out a big social media push to attract a new generation of firefighters.

And on its most wanted list: women who are ready to join the ranks.

Almetra Stearns-Fields is the only woman in her prep class, but she's hoping, once she's suiting up as a Cleveland firefighter, she won't be the alone.

"If I can do it, I guess anybody can, any woman can," she said. "I'm looking forward to the lives that I can touch, especially when it comes to minority women."

"One thing the mayor of the city and Chief Kelly is looking for is a diverse group of individuals," said Lt. Victor Gill, who works in the Recruitment Unit. "We're looking for people who represent the communities that we serve. That includes, women, black, Hispanic. The whole gamut."

Gill says it starts with these free, optional prep classes. The civil service exam will be held Saturday, June 28, at 9 a.m. in the Cleveland Public Auditorium at 500 Lakeside Ave.

If you pass the written test, the physical conditioning is next up. Pass both, and you're ready for the academy.

You can find out more by clicking HERE. You can also get information, and register for the ongoing prep classes by emailing, or by calling the Recruitment Unit at 216 664-6388.


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