IAFF Opposes Lower Standards
Opposition to lowering physical and educational standards for recruits and officers has been voiced by the International Association of Fire Fighters. At the same time, the IAFF executive board urged pre-employment educational programs for men interested in becoming fire fighters.
“As fire fighters, our foremost concern is the efficiency and competence of the nation’s fire services,” Howard McClennan, IAFF president, declared in discussing the board’s action in September. “We feel that there can be no compromise with standards necessary to safeguard the lives and safety of those who rely on us to protect them against the hazards of fire.”
The IAFF executive board stated that fire services should hire anyone who meets proper civil service or personnel department standards “without regard to religious affiliation, political party membership or racial origin.”