The City of Erie’s Women-Only Career Fair takes place this week.
- Date: Wednesday, March 22
- Time: 5:30 – 7 p.m.
- Place: Erie High School, 3325 Cherry St.
This is a great opportunity for women who are thinking about becoming Erie Police Officers or Erie Firefighters to speak directly to female members of both departments. Attendees will learn about what the job entails and the EPD and EFD members’ experiences in both professions. Women who attend will also get information about:
- The application periods for both the Erie Fire Department and the Police Department
- The costs of the applications
- Testing dates
In 2020, in the City’s Activating Our Vision report — a roadmap for implementing the Erie Refocused comprehensive plan — City officials set a Key Performance Indicator to increase to 15% the number of Black, Indigenous, People of Color and female candidates taking the Erie Police Department and Erie Fire Department written and physical agility tests. This was done to ensure that the police and fire departments more closely resemble the people served by the City.
Through the City’s recruitment efforts, each year those goals have been exceeded, and more diverse candidates are being hired. By hosting this women-only event, the Police and Fire departments will take another step toward increasing the diversity in their departments.
City officials are hopeful the career fair will produce new applicants.
“I believe this Career Fair will continue to increase the number of women in these two departments,” said Erie Mayor Joe Schember on Monday, “Which will ensure that our police and fire departments are more representative of the people we serve.”