City Manager Talks Changes To KCFD

It looks like Kansas City Star lawsuit promo is going to cost taxpayers quite a bit of cash.

The funny part of the report . . . A couple of council members pretty much said they don't regularly read The Star or 12th & Oak reports.

In the meantime . . . Here's a telling look at the future from city manger Brian Platt . . .

“We’ve taken significant steps to address and mitigate a number of challenging cultural issues within KCFD over the last two years,” Platt told The Star. “This report confirms our urgent need to continue to push for changes to better serve our employees and our residents.”

The 163-page report delivered to the Kansas City Council Wednesday revealed that some firefighters said they have been grabbed in sexually inappropriate ways and subjected to racial slurs in the city’s fire stations.

It also found that firefighters were more careless about damaging homes in poorer neighborhoods and celebrated dangerous driving that caused crashes.

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Kansas City manager says KCFD racism report confirms 'urgent need' to change culture

The city ordered the report after a 2020 investigation by The Star found Black firefighters and women faced systemic discrimination in the city’s fire service. The Star’s investigation named more than 20 current and former Black and women firefighters who went on the record either with reporters or in lawsuits. .