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A Conversation With Joel Baker, Austin's First African-American Fire Chief

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On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Joel Baker, who became Austin's first African-American fire department chief after serving more than 30 years with the fire department in Atlanta. 

Baker talks about becoming a firefighter, the shoulders of African-American firefighters he stands on, why his appointment is significant, what he wants to accomplish as fire chief, and how fighting fires has changed.