The Fire Department has stopped requiring probationary firefighters to pass a job-related physical-skills test before getting hired — a move that critics derided as a lowering of standards.
The move by first-year Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro, which allows
probies to fail components of the Functional Skills Training test but
still graduate from the Fire Academy, comes amid criticism of the
department’s low hiring rate of women.
"There's not enough women in the NYFD! So we'll lower the standards so we can get a proper number."
Wonder how many people are going to wind up dead or crippled because of this idiocy?
Few years back Seattle City Council was about to require the FD to do the same thing, and got a whole freakin' parade of firefighters telling them how stupid it was. Including the only woman on the force at the time, who informed them that if they dropped the standards, she'd resign: "If something happens to me I want to know that the firefighter by me can get me out, not go yelling for help because they can't do the job." They backed off, at least at the time.
Yeah, Gruber was the architect, right in the middle of the mess. And he did count on lies and hiding information to get it through. And his only regret is he got caught talking about it.
Consider that all those people he was talking to, supposed future leaders, he figured would approve. And they did.