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San Jose Fire Department
Firefighter's ABC's
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I hope our many 100% free support tools on our site will be shared by you with anyone seeking a career in the fire service and most of all please share with others in your network nationwide and kindly ask them to share.

Firefighter’s ABC’s also created a few videos related to diversity:

Please feel free to share with the youth in your community.

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If you find them useful please subscribe to our YouTube page and share with others in the fire service or other community organizations.

Most of us dream of a career but seldom do we know how to make our dreams become a reality.

Similar is the process for aspiring Firefighters and Emergency Medical Service candidates.

Many wish to be part an honored profession such as the Fire Service or EMS field but don’t know where or how to start.

I am sure many of the youth in your community face the same situation.

Thus, FFABC’s was founded in 1999 to offer diverse and otherwise untapped job seekers resources and tools to streamline these efforts to enter this desired career field.

1969 to 1975 Los Altos Fire Department

1973 Founder and President of the Santa Clara County Black Firefighters Association

1973 to Present Member SCCBFA, Southwest Region and IABPFF

1975 to 2004 San Jose Fire Department

1999 to Present Founder Firefighter's ABC's www.FirefightersABCs.com

1999 to Present - Partnership with the IABPFF - 21st Century Diversity Recruitment Workshops

2005 to 2005 Gilroy Fire Department

2005 to 2007 Recology - Environmental / Fire Compliance Programs Manager South Bay Region CA

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So sorry to hear of the passing of Brother Outerbridge. I can remember him being argumentative on the convention floor back in the 70s. I see he continued to voice his strong opinions well after retirement in some of the things he wrote. Thank you for your committment and contributions to the IABPFF. Rest in Peace

Biography, RIP Brother

Fireman Leslie Outerbridge risked his life to save others and risked his job for racial justice. Born December 29, 1936 in Chicago, Outerbridge grew up in the Cabrini Green projects. His father, a former cricket champion from Bermuda, taught him about fair play. Outerbridge was a good student at Jenner School and entered Wells High School early at age twelve. Dropping out at age fifteen, he joined the Air Force in 1953. There, he played on the installations’ basketball, football and baseball teams. After his discharge, Outerbridge drove a taxi, until his father’s friend, Robert Thompson, a black firefighter, “sponsored” him for the Chicago Fire Department (CFD). Outerbridge passed the written exam, but “failed” his first physical. Later, Outerbridge found that his father’s donation of $300 ensured that he “passed” the second time around in 1961. Outerbridge later returned to school, earning a B.S. from Chicago State University in 1981.

In 1968, Outerbridge, along with Jim Winbush and Wesley Thompson and backed by the NAACP, Operation PUSH, and the Chicago Urban League, with inspiration from Father George Clements, Anderson Thompson, and legal assistance from Attorney Kermit Coleman, formed the Afro American Firefighters League (AAFL). The AAFL completed a study in 1973 that detailed the Chicago Fire Department’s record of racial discrimination in hiring and promotional practices. The United States Justice Department filed a lawsuit against the City of Chicago that same year. Mayor Daley signed the court ordered “consent decree” in 1977, which resulted in increasing the number of black firefighters from 125 to 400 by 1979. Now, the number is over 1,000. Forced to fight a relentless paper war with unhappy CFD brass, Outerbridge discovered that paperwork was their weakness. For thirty-seven years he performed his duties and retired in 1995. Outerbridge was also a founder of the International Association of Black Professional Firefighters in 1969.

A talented photographer and part time model, Outerbridge has researched the history of African Americans, the CFD and the great Chicago fires – a history that goes back to 1873 when Willie Watkins was the first black firefighter. Outerbridge lives in Chicago’s West Chesterfield neighborhood with his wife, Annie.

It has come to my attention that Brother Les Outerbridge of Chicago passed to reward yesterday. Brother Outerbridge was a warrior in the war of racism and discrimination on the Chicago Fire Department and he left his legacy, his book called SMOKE. My Brother will be missed by all that knew him. Rest in Peace Warrior.

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