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 ( 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.

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