Tomorrow, 33-year-old Rebecca Wax will graduate from the New York City Fire Academy — the 18-week training course that all prospective members of the New York Fire Department must complete — and, soon afterward, she will be assigned to a firehouse and tasked with the full duties of a firefighter. Yet, some of New York’s Bravest have concerns about her fitness for the job.
Their hesitation has nothing to do Wax’s sex. In fact, she is one of three female graduates in the current class.
Rather the reservations about Wax is that she failed to pass the Functional Skills Training test, a grueling obstacle course of job-related tasks performed in full gear with a limited air supply.
An insider familiar with the training told the New York Post:
They’re going to allow the first person to graduate without passing because this administration has lowered the standard.
We’re being asked to go into a fire with someone who isn’t 100 percent qualified. Our job is a team effort. If there’s a weak link in the chain, either civilians or our members can die.