Activists and lawmakers called for the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) to step up its hiring of female firefighters, reports CBS New York.
At a rally on the steps of City Hall just before a New York City Council hearing on the issue, Elizabeth Holtzman, a former congresswoman and Brooklyn district attorney, blasted the department for its lack of progress over the past few decades
Holtzman said that in 1982, there were 41 women in the Fire Department. In 2014, there are 44.
At the council hearing, FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro promised to fix things by accelerating recruitment of women and by changing firefighters’ training.
“We need to ensure we are using all the resources at our disposal to help women navigate through the hiring and academy process successfully,” Nigro told lawmakers.
He said the FDNY needs to do a better job at recruiting female firefighters.
According to a report from the New York Post (http://bit.ly/nypFDNYfst), the FDNY has dropped a requirement for probationary firefighters to pass a job-related physical-skills test before getting hired. The move allows probies to fail components of the Functional Skills Training test but still graduate from the fire academy.