Civil Service in Philadelphia
To obtain appointment in the Philadelphia fire department applicants must be at least 22 years old, nor more than 37 years of age, a citizen of the United States, a resident of the State one year, and of Philadelphia when application for membership is made. They must be at least five feet eight inches in height, without shoes, and weigh, as a minimum, 135 pounds. They must be free from any marked deformity, parasitic or skin disease and from evidence of the use of stimulants or drugs. The body must be well proportioned, of good muscular development and show careful attention to personal cleanliness Muscular weakness, conditions of the mouth that interfere with distinct speech, or any organic disease which would prevent the applicant from a proper and easy performance of his duty, would cause his rejection. The necessity for the selection of such men only as are sound in all respects and in every way physically fit for the position is self-evident. The physical examination requires that the applicant must attain a rating of at least 70, and the same in the mental examination, which consists of memory exercises, arithmetic, penmanship and report writing.
These requirements are necessary only in obtaining appointments. After appointment firemen may become deficient in all of them and still hold their positions. Civil service protects them after appointment regardless of their fitness for the positions they hold.