FDNY Drops Physical Requirements In Order To Hire More Women, But Officials Worry About Consequences

Queens Fire

(IJReview) -- The FDNY has decided to drop a particular physical test from its requirements in order to aid in the hiring of more women to the Department.

The test required prospective fire fighters to carry a heavy tire 6 to 8 feet, set up a ladder, and breach holes through a ceiling – all while wearing an oxygen tank with a limited air supply.

This change, made by first-year Commissioner Daniel Nigro, will now allow trainees to fail areas of the test and, provided they do well on other parts of the test, still be able to graduate and become a hirable firefighter.

But not everyone’s happy about it:

“’It’s a lowering of the standards across the board,’ said one former FDNY official familiar with training protocol.

‘What needs to matter is how well you perform the tasks of firefighting,’ he added.

‘The question is when you’re 270 pounds and you’re on the fourth floor and someone comes through that window — can they pick you up and drag you out or not?’”

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