More than 700 people work for the fire bureau, and as of last year, 89% were men and 79% were white. There are more than 30 fire stations around Portland and small teams of firefighters work at each of them, carrying out 24-hour shifts every third day. Those firefighters don’t just work together – they eat, sleep, and socialize as a unit.
In the audit released by the city of Portland Wednesday morning, some employees described their workplace as a family. But the tight-knit culture left some – like women and people of color – feeling alienated.
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