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The Call Blog: FDNY Recruitment Results In Record Exam Numbers

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Well, that was one lively program. I couldn't believe my ears when several viewers called in, women included, to say they wouldn't want a female firefighter to rescue them from a burning building. Actually, I think the proper phrasing in some cases was: A female firefighter COULDN'T rescue a person from a burning building. I was shocked by these comments because I'm pretty sure if some of these individuals were in desperate need of help, they wouldn't care who was coming to save them, as long as they got out alive. Let's face it, being a firefighter requires ample amounts of both brains and brawn, and that's not to say women don't have what it takes.



The FDNY is touting its efforts to recruit minority and women firefighters, saying record numbers took this year's entrance exam. The Fire Department, which was forced by the Justice Department to diversify its ranks, spent $1 million on advertising and held 6,000 recruitment events to increase the application pool.

Fire Commissioner Sal Cassano said today the efforts paid off. He said 42,161 people took the firefighter exam this year, including a record-breaking 19,260 minorities. That's a 130% increase over the exam in 2007. In addition, Cassano said 1,952 women took this year's test, more than the combined total of the three previous exams.

What's your reaction to the record numbers of minority and women applicants who have taken this year's exam? Has the FDNY done enough to diversify its ranks? Has it done too much? Does it matter to you what color or gender your local firefighter is?

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The gender doesn't matter as long as they pass the rigorous tests. It is quite a commitment to make.

I say this because we are in such dire need of jobs that is why I stress the fact that it is not only just a job but one with much dedication and love of the job and that one is a civil servant to peoples needs and their fellow firefighters first and foremost before ones self. Don’t look for individual recognition.
Always have your partners back.

WHY IS I ASK ARE THE SO CALLED LEADERS SO HUNG UP ON POLL NUMBERS OR PERCENTAGES ALL OF THE TIME.

maxxiee
mp



As a African American black man ever since i was young i wanted to be a fireman. I have a few friends who are firefighters in brooklyn and when i visit the firehouse i am treated like i am one of them, weather white, black. doesn't matter. But i do commend the FDNY for updating the recruiting because there does need to be more minorities, in the dept. I took the test years ago but never did get called, NY has one of the biggest and Best fire dept in the world. And i think it does need more minorities in the dept. But when there is a fire, there is no color, whether your white, black, etc everybody goes in to save a life.

Mike from Park Slope Brooklyn



Of course people are taking the exam, look at all the unemployment.

The test had always been open to everyone, whoever wanted to take the test could, no one was stopping them.

One just had to pass the exam and be physically fit. Why should the test be more available to certain groups? That is discrimination to everyone else, never the mind the people who rely on qualified firefighters.

Only truly QUALIFIED people should be accepted, qualification not being based on diversity.

When a house is on fire and peoples lives are at stake, what good will someone less qualified but diversified do ?

Its a stupid campaign.

Esmerelda, East Village, NYC



It shows that they could always have done it if they wanted to. The Vulcans were right all along.

Rich Midtown East



I’m happy to see equality embraced by government. It’s about time.

But I fail to see the reason for holding tests for firefighters when the plan is to close firehouses. The testing would appear to be a waste of money.

Joe
Port Richmond, SI



DOES THIS MEAN THAT A MINORITY CANDIDATE WHO CAN PROVE THAT THEY WERE ON THE PREVIOUS EXAM, PASS OR FAIL WILL BE GIVEN BACK PAY FOR 8 YEARS AND BE GIVEN THEIR PERCEIVED 8 YEARS OF SENIORITY IF HIRED?

WILL THAT MEAN IF THEY ARE AWARDED THEIR SENIORITY IT WILL BE APPLIED TOWARDS THEIR RETIREMENT AS WELL?

JOE, BAY TERRACE



I guess the city officials and politicians do not care about our safety. Instead of looking for qualified applicants the FDNY must now hire applicants based on race. This will endanger the citizens of New York as well as other firemen. Thank you King Bloomberg and Judge Garaufis for jeopardizing my safety for your political gain.

John
Staten Island, NY



Although minorities were targeted for this past test, test scores should make the final decision. Test questions should be focused on the job.

Quin from St. George, SI, NY



I'm thinking are there more graduates because of the prior case presented...i don't care about gender OR race however i'd rather a qualified person saving me instead of a person filling a gender or race quota.. lives are at stake I truly hope they are qualified for the sake of fellow New Yorkers and NOT the sake of politically patronizing the people.

Erik from Bushwick



i took the fdny test and i feel that because i am white that my dream of being a fireman is shattered. because i white i feel that its not fair because this society has so much race issues me being a fire man is very slim and thats sad this is a new century and we still have these problems.

John
Bay Ridge



What surprises me is NOW the public is concerned about 'qualified' fire fighters. Years of nepotism has always ruled within the fire department. I remember growing up in NYC knowing that to be a fire fighter you must have a relative within the department. Was it assumed they were all qualified because of their genes???

Michelle Park Slope Brooklyn



STOP GIVING CREDIT TO THE FDNY AND GIVE CREDIT TO THE JUDGE THAT FORCE THE CITY TO BREAK UP THIS ALL WHITE CLUB

PEDRO BRONX



Studies have shown women generally are better at noticing small details than men are. Small children who don't make a sound and hide in a fire, have smaller lungs would be safer with a woman looking for them. Strength is not everything.

Carol in Pelham Bay



The transit authority, corrections, and other city agencies are overwhelmingly black. How come nobody is concerned with that?

Norman in Staten Island



Can we expect a judge to mandate the Transit Authority to reach out and add more whites to their work force?

Virginia
Castleton Corners



I have to disagree with snap poll, I do not think the record number of applications is mostly because of unemployment. Instead I believe, as a minority, it was well advertised. Employment assistance agencies encouraged people to apply, and I have more then a dozen friends that have told me they have applied.

Anthony, Washington Heights



Am I understanding this correctly Clara from the Upper West Side and Lisa from the East Side both believe that women basically should be banned from the FDNY even if they are physically capable? Do they both think that women can't handle the job? They are pro-women? Really -- does not sound like it to me. I would like to believe that there are other Reginas' out there.

Lisa
Upper East



Thanks for letting me speak. Perhaps you can do a show in the future with me and the Representatives of any other group debating this topic. We have offered to go to Vulcan Hall for a debate but have not yet been invited. We also have asked for our opponents to submit an essay on the topic, "Merit Matters is Wrong Because..." but have not even had one entry in a year and a half.

Visit our website; we have voluminous facts and figures and perspectives on this issue.

www.meritmattersusa.blogspot.com

Paul Mannix
President
Merit Matters



Am I understanding this correctly Clara from the Upper West Side and Lisa from the East Side both believe that women basically should be banned from the FDNY even if they are physically capable? Do they both think that women can't handle the job? They are pro-women? Really -- does not sound like it to me. I would like to believe that there are other Reginas' out there.

Lisa
Upper East



I am an African-American male from Harlem and I strongly believe they did a disservice to the minority community by so called "dumbing down" the exam. There needs to be one standard across the board for all races and genders. The thing that everyone forgets is that folks to be better prepared to take the exam, period!

Raoul



I do not believe the fdny should have dumb the test down for minorities who wasn't qualified. but thats not to say that the all caucasians in the FDNY was Qualified. the hiring process in the past was corrupt, and the FDNY was also hiring caucasians who wasn't qualified. they didn't even give minorities a chance they just thru there applications!

Jaquan brooklyn ny

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