Report: FDNY to Lower Physical Standards

A news report says the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) has instituted changes to its entrance exam that critics charge will further weaken the department’s standards.

The New York Post (http://bit.ly/1Hjq6FU) reports that the FDNY is reducing the number of exercises that simulate pulling down a ceiling and having students evaluated not on the time it takes to perform tasks but rather a “minimally acceptable pace of performance.”

A consultant, PSI Services, also reportedly urged the department to reorder the tasks in its functional skills test to “reduce the cumulative fatigue that would occur for a recruit.”

The report comes on the heels of news that a woman, Rebecca Wax, failed the department’s Functional Skills Training test yet still became an FDNY firefighter.

Read more about the latest at http://bit.ly/1Hjq6FU.

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