By Leila Merrill
MILWAUKEE —The Milwaukee Fire Department can now legally hire individuals regardless of citizenship status, Fox6now reported.
The Fire and Police Commission voted in July to end a rule requiring that fire department employees be U.S. citizens.
“If someone is otherwise legally hirable, whether or not they are a U.S. citizen, that’s fine with us,” said Milwaukee Fire Chief Aaron Lipski, who noted the department could benefit from more diversity and multilingual crewmembers.
Ed Fallone, FPC chairman, added: “We have many residents who are permanent resident aliens or Dreamers, DACA recipients who are legally entitled to work in the U.S. They have long-term ties in the city, and if you’re watching and you want to give back to your community contact the MFD, we’d love to have you.”