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    I offer a "Free" Firefighter's ABC's Online Internship Program - Membership to anyone who responds to us via email to and all they have to do is mention any of your mentioned radio stations in the email. Simply put this it to promote a more diverse pool of candidates for entry into the fire service. Please feel free to share this offering with other diversity based media out be it radio or TV. Lastly, I strongly encourage you public to visit our site at

    About Firefighter's ABC's
    With a passion for diversity and recruitment, Russell G. Hayden, CEO, founded Firefighter's ABC's in 1999. He brings 34 years of fire service experience that culminated with his retirement from San Jose Fire Department in CA. His many years of service spanned a broad array of positions including Recruitment, Public Education, Public Information and Company Liaison Officer. He also spent three years as the Environmental Compliance Programs / Fire Safety Manager for a large private sector company in CA.

    Through hundreds of conversations with fire departments nation-wide and Canada, Firefighter's ABC's observed a host of challenges that hinder the fulfillment of diversity recruitment goals within the fire service. Many fire departments proclaim that recruiting qualified candidates, from diverse backgrounds, is literally like finding the proverbial "Needle in a Haystack".

    While some departments do a better job than others, the anecdotal evidence clearly indicates that the vast majority of programs are not sustained over time and are not comprehensive or broad enough in scope. This led Mr. Hayden to form the Firefighter Diversity Recruitment Council and to couple it with the National Recruit Database. This "Power in Numbers" approach benefits from the collaboration of shared "Best Practices" and the budgetary efficiencies of sharing a much broader pool of diverse candidates.

    Firefighter Diversity Recruitment Council Membership F.L.A.S.H. T.E.S.T. – Firefighter Learning and Support Help – Training Education Scholastic Tools 21st Century Diversity Recruitment Workshop – Brought to your agency

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    Behind the CEO - Russell G. Hayden

    Our sole mission is in support of Diversity in the Fire, EMT, Paramedic and Public Safety Field The name “Marathon” comes from the legend of a Greek warrior/messenger.

    The legend states that a Greek warrior was sent from the battlefield of Marathon to Athens to announce that the Persians had been defeated in the Battle of Marathon (in which he had just fought), which took place Circa - 490 BC. It is said that he ran the entire distance of approximately 40 Kilometers (25 mi), which was the approximate distance originally used for the modern day marathon races.

    It is said he did this without stopping and burst into the assembly, exclaiming (We have won), before collapsing and dying. I continue to run the “Diversity Marathon” and it is my hope that I can also shout out and claim one day that the “Fire Service” has truly embraced “Diversity” before I collapse and die. I run this “Marathon” because……

    “All That I Am I Owe” “I Live Eternally In the Red” Russell G. Hayden, CEO Firefighter’s ABC’s


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  1. African American Firefighter Museum ...
    The AA FF Museum is a non-profit organization dedicated to collecting, conserving and sharing the heritage of African American Firefighters within the Los Angeles City and County Fire Departments and other Fire Departments nationwide.

  2. African American Firefighter Museum, Los Angeles ...
    The African American firefighter museum web site is dedicated to sharing the heritage of African American firefighters, as well as highlighting information on upcoming museum events.

  3. African American Firefighter History...
    Trevor K. Hansford and Artest Harttsfield are covered in this news piece on the true history of the ethnic firefighter in Los Angeles.

  4. African American Firefighters & Paramedics League of Chicago ...
    African American Firefighters & Paramedics League of Chicago website.

  5. Dallas Black Fire Fighters Association ...
    The Dallas Black Fighters Association is a chapter of the International Association of Black Professional Firefighters Association.

  6. Fire Science Education...
    Helping you navigate and evaluate the existing fire science educational options.

  7. SCCBFA ...
    The Santa Clara Black Firefighter’s Association is committed to assisting minorities obtain a career in the fire service. Our primary objective is to promote diversity within Santa Clara County in all ranks of the fire service.


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