While affirmative action and political correctness on college campuses and professional arenas are often described as unjust and hypocritical, it is fortunate that not often are they actually dangerous. There are a few professions where you want an individual to be hired only if they fit the stated requirements. A New York City firefighter is one of those instances. Unfortunately, this is also a city ruled by a liberal political correctness mob, not sanity.
The New York Post has been following a particularly frightening story:
A woman who six times failed the physical test to become an FDNY firefighter is being given another chance — and this time, critics say, the fix is in.
“She’ll graduate, no question,” said an FDNY member. “The department doesn’t want another black eye.”
Wendy Tapia was allowed to conditionally graduate from the Fire Academy on May 17, 2013, even though she had failed the running test.
After swearing her in, the FDNY gave Tapia five more chances to run the required 1.5 miles in 12 minutes or less, but she couldn’t do it. She quit — never having worked a tour of duty.
Now Tapia, 34, is getting yet another chance to join The Bravest. She’s among a group of emergency medical technicians promoted to probationary firefighters and set to start the 18-week training academy Monday.
Tapia’s return comes as the FDNY has quietly eased its standards to admit more women.
After paying $98 million to settle a federal lawsuit charging bias against minority applicants, the city is loath to face a gender-discrimination suit, sources say. Female firefighters number only 49 in the 10,500-member force.
If there was a fire at the Gracie Mansion (the Mayor’s residence) or at the home of one of the Fire Department’s family’s top brass, one would guess that among the last possible choices for a responding officer would be Tapia, who cannot keep up with the physical demands necessary for the job.
Tapia’s employment doesn’t just endanger her own life (oh, the irony) or that of fire victims, but also of her fellow officers. Part of officer training is to instill in firefighters to leave no man — or woman — behind. If Tapia was trapped in a dangerous situation in the middle of a call, her fellow officers would risk their lives in order to get her out of danger, even if it meant putting themselves at risk. If Tapia is unable to keep up, her fellow firefighters would be spending a great deal of time and energy bailing her out of danger.
If Tapia does respond to a call and fellow officers or victims are put in danger because of her inability to do her job, would the FDNY put itself at risk for a wrongful death suit? Talk about a Catch 22.
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