How AFD Ranks

AFD RANKMaleFemaleCaucasianHispanicAfrican-AmericanOther
Assistant Chief5
(100%)
-3
(60%)
1
(20%)
1
(20%)
-
Division Chief4
(80%)
1
(20%)
5
(100%)
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Battalion Chief33
(100%)
-32
(97%)
1
(3%)
--
Captain69
(100%)
-64
(92.8%)
4
(5.8%)
1
(1.5%)
-
Lieutenant175
(98.9%)
2
(1.1%)
152
(85.9%)
18
(10.2%)
5
(2.8%)
2
(1.1%)
Specialist187
(94.4%)
11
(5.6%)
163
(82.3%)
25
(12.6%)
10
(5.1%)
-
Firefighter508
(92.7%)
40
(7.3%)
396
(72.3%)
103
(18.8%)
37
(6.8%)
12
(2.2%)
All Ranks981
(94.8%)
54
(5.2%)
815
(78.7%)
152
(14.7%)
54
(5.2%)
14
(1.4%)

As Austin Firefighters Association President Stephen Truesdell notes, roughly 5% of the Austin Fire Department is female – and compared to the national average, approximately 3%, "that's a good number." Still, from looking at this breakdown of gender and ethnicity in the Austin Fire Department, it's obvious that AFD – like departments around the country – has a long way to go before it's as diverse as the community it serves.

Although women make up more than 7% of all firefighters and minorities almost 28%, the upper ranks are over-whelmingly male and white. Below Chief Rhoda Mae Kerr on the organization chart, of the next 112 positions, only one is a woman, and only eight are minorities.

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