Diversity Among the Bravest

By William Murphy
Staff Writer

Battalion Chief Phil Parr, the 23-year FDNY veteran charged with the department's new minority recruiting effort, is applying both old tactics and new to a daunting task.
In a recent meeting with Queens community leaders, Parr spoke of recruiting his son to join the Fire Department -- a generational approach that resonates strongly within it -- and developing a database geared to enlisting and mentoring minority prospects.

"The Fire Department is like a small family business. Your father was a firefighter, your uncle was a firefighter and the guy down the street was a firefighter,