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CitiStat Fire Live Blog 11 a.m.

By Jill Terreri

I'll be live blogging the CitiStat meeting with the Fire Department today, which is set to start shortly after 11 a.m.

UPDATE: Technical difficulties are preventing a live blog from happening. I will write a blog of the event after it's over. I apologize for the delay.

UPDATE: The liveblog is up and running, sorry for the delay.

UDATE: Before I could start blogging, Deputy Mayor Steve Casey, Corporation Counsel Tim Ball and Fire Commissioner Garnell Whitfield talked about the vacancies in the department and how many people who pass a civil service exam are then disqualified from jobs in the department because they fail to meet other requirements of the job. Casey questioned whether the city could screen people who take the exam so it doesn't happen so often. Ball said people can't be prohibited from taking the test but some things could be done so that everyone's time isn't wasted. This is more practical when there are smaller numbers of test-takers, Balls said, not when 5,000 people sit for an exam.

 

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