Samar Rudolph is one the few minorities on staff with the Lancaster City Bureau of Fire Department.
He told ABC27 News he got the job after a firefighter came into the YMCA where he was playing basketball and let him know the department was hiring.
“I ended up getting on very young,” Rudolph said. “It’s been a blessing.”
Rudolph, who grew up in Lancaster, has now served almost 12 years with the department.
Chief Scott Little said the department now plans to increase its diversity.
“Right now, the fire bureau is only represented (by) 19 percent,” Little said of the minorities they have. “We want to be more like our community.”
Little says they have 10 firefighters who will hit retirement by the end of the year. He said in order to take care of any shortages, the department is getting ready to hire starting April 1.
Little said they will be looking for women and minorities.
“We’re trying very much to get into our civic organizations here in the city of Lancaster and promoting the public safety professions the city has,” he said.
Little said they plan on having information sessions about the jobs in April.