KANSAS CITY, Mo. ~ The Kansas City, Missouri Fire Department (KCFD) is making strides towards diversity and inclusivity with its largest ever recruit class. This groundbreaking cohort of 110 prospective firefighters has just completed its first week of rigorous training.

Interim Fire Chief Ross Grundyson praised the commitment and dedication of the class, saying "Every one of these folks that are here, they want to make a difference." The department boasts a strong graduation rate of about 94%, which is expected to ease the workload of existing fire crews who are currently shouldering additional shifts.

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Veteran crews have expressed enthusiasm for the sizeable new class and their subsequent graduation. Despite a downturn in overall applications, the KCFD has successfully enrolled the largest class in its history. To accommodate this scale, two separate training sessions will be held each day for the forthcoming six months, demonstrating the department's commitment to nurturing a diverse and inclusive workforce.

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