American Renaissance News: Sotomayor Ruling Exposes Racial Split in Firehouses Diversity and cultural experiences are important for first responders, Thompson said. “You can embrace it and adapt or you can fight it and be a dinosaur,” he said. Firefighters say diversity can be especially important in emergencies. Victims may feel more comfortable when they see first responders who look similar to them or understand their neighborhoods, they say. OK... but this doesn't this argue for racial separation? You want to be rescued by members of your own race? I'm not saying that's so bad, but if it's OK for blacks, why not whites?