“Tens of thousands of people are taking the first step this weekend in the application process to become a Chicago firefighter or EMT, the first time the test has been administered since 2006.

They came in in droves on Saturday, hoping the test will change their lives.

“It’s a good opportunity,” said John Kiriakakis. “You can see where you are in life if you are fortunate enough to get the call.”

Over 8,000 people showed up early Saturday morning to take the Chicago Fire Department firefighter/EMT exam.

It does come with controversy, though.  After the exam in 1995, tens of millions of dollars were paid to African-American firefighter applicants after discrimination lawsuits. Discrimination lawsuits were also filed by women who applied for the test and did not get hired. Mayor Rahm Emanuel called the exam a mistake, and promised changes.

“They come from all over the country,” he said. “We have more women than ever before applying now, all different types of races, religions. A big mass of people, which is good. We love being diverse, that’s what’s happening now.” Full Article Continued>>>

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