NEW YORK (PIX11) -- The FDNY has stopped requiring probationary firefighters to pass a physical test before getting hired amid a low female hiring rate, according to a new report.
The Post is reporting that the move allows them to fail components of the Functional Skills Training test but still graduate from the Fire Academy.
Many are criticizing the move, saying it's a lowering of the standards across the board.
The adjustments to the exam were revealed at a City Council hearing Wednesday where members questioned whether the skills test was responsible for the fact that there are only 44 women on the 10,500-member force.
The drills include advancing a heavy tire 6 to 8 feet, raising a ladder up a wall and breaching holes in a ceiling — while wearing an oxygen tank with a limited amount of air.
Officials say 95 percent of men pass the FDNY’s demanding physical test, while only 57 percent of women manage to get through.