Baltimore Firefighters Face New Education Requirements for Promotion

BALTIMORE, Md. — Hundreds of firefighters may have to go back to school to be promoted to top positions in Baltimore’s department, as part of a broader effort to impose professionalism in a department where tenure often trumped education when rising through the ranks.

The move – staggered into three phases over the next seven years to give candidates time to complete training courses and pursue college credits – elevates the fire department’s educational standards above those of the city police department, where officers are only required to pass a high school equivalency test.

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