FDNY drops physical test requirement amid low female hiring rate: report

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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.



  • Kristen

    Speaking as a female, I don’t think it’s a good idea to not have the physical test. If a woman can’t carry the weight, she should not be a firefighter. What happens if you have a 280lb man, you can’t carry him, so now you have to wait for a man to come up, meanwhile he’s burning. BIG MISTAKE, keep this physical part going. You’re messing with peoples’ lives. If the women don’t like it, too bad! No matter what women do, we can never be as physically strong as men, so stop trying to compete!! Don’t destroy lives because you think you’re doing something heroic for woman…..you’re not. Walk away and do a job that doesn’t require lifting a heavy person during a burning building.

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