If you take a good look at the modern fire department you will see that it is comprised of men and women from many different races and ethnic backgrounds. This is due largely to the efforts of individuals like Tarece Johnson, who works hard to recruit new firefighters from minority neighborhoods all over New York City.
Along with her partner and a unit of several firefighters and cadets, Tarece works with non-profit groups and church organizations to spread the word about the opportunities available in the fire department.
"I started this career because of my strong passion to enrich 'under represented' communities," explains Tarece.
No Heavy Lifting But Many Skills Necessary
Unlike the firefighters she helps recruit, Tarece's job does not include intense physical training. However, she needs numerous skills to excel at bringing new recruits into the fire department. Writing, leadership, project management, presentation skills, organization and public speaking are just a few of the many skills necessary, along with knowledge of several computer programs.
To prepare for this career, Tarece worked hard in high school and college, especially at courses that involved written and verbal communications. She graduated college with honors and then went on to earn her Masters Degree in Management and Community Development. In addition to her studies, she found time to work with underprivileged children before taking a job with JP Morgan Chase in the growth and development of minority and women owned businesses.
Wanting To Make A Difference
Tarece wanted to make a difference and had the passion and determination to go out and make changes. "I wanted to see more Women, Blacks, Hispanics, Indians and Asians as NYC firefighters and leaders. I saw something that needed to be fixed and that was inspiration enough to want to try my best to make the world a better place," says Tarece.