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Judge to Rule on FDNY Hiring Practices

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

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Whether a 2007 exam administered by the Fire Department was racially discriminatory will be the subject of a hearing in Brooklyn federal court today.

A ruling is expected quickly, because the city needs to hire 300 new recruits by the end of the summer, and it wants to select from a pool of applicants that took the exam in question.

The Vulcan Society, a fraternity of black firefighters, wants minorities to make up more than a third of the new hires -- the proportion of blacks and Latinos that took the exam.

The judge hearing the case has already ruled that two prior exams going back as far as 1999 were discriminatory.

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Comments [5]

john from BROOKLYN

i hope this judge finds this test unfair to all because that was not an exam. no matter what answer you got you were right how is that possibleit should been an a,b,c,or d anwser and abcde all right common how was that an exam. an exam supose to be like read the question then you pick a,b,c,or d all of the above are we serious you think this was a good exam think about it.

Jul. 29 2010 11:47 AM
JOHN from BROOKLYN

HOW CAN U SAY THAT WAS A FAIR EXAM COME ON NOW.WHAT I WAS STUDING WAS NOT THE SAME FORMAT AT THE EXAM. WHEN I SIGN UP FOR THE TEST THE APPLICATION SAID CLEARLY SAIDTHE WRITTEN TEST: The written test is designed to assess your ability to learn and to perform the work of a
Firefighter. It will include multiple-choice questions which may assess the following abilities: Written
Comprehension, Memorization, Problem Sensitivity, Number Facility, Deductive Reasoning, Inductive Reasoning,
Information Ordering, Spatial Orientation, Visualization, Perceptual Speed, Adaptability, Tenacity, Integrity, Work
Standards, Resilience, Coordination, Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships, and other abilitiesTHIER WAS ONLY ONE OF THESE AND IT WAS MEMORIZATION AND IF YOU THINK THIS EXAM WAS FAIR THEN YOU TOOK A DIFFERANT EXAM AS ME.I KNOW I DID NOT FAIL THE EXAM I GOT A 69 AT FIRST THEN A MONTH LATER I GOT A DIFFERNT SCORE OF 80 SO I DONT THING ANY BODY KNEW WHAT THEY WERE DOING.

Jul. 28 2010 04:12 PM
John from ny

@john from brooklyn. dude if you did all that work and still failed the exam, being in the FDNY is the last place you should be

Jul. 21 2010 11:58 PM
john from brooklyn

lets be for real how can you say this test was fair it is only fair to people that passed but not for the ones that didnt.first off i took the free tutor classes that were given. i studied my but off every nighti go to the exam and it was a whole completedifferent exam for what i was studing for.i spend money going to these class far as gas, dinner , my time and what i get a messup exam as pay back. i dont care if ur black or white blue yellow that exam was not fair they should of kept it the original way like every other exam.

Jul. 20 2010 10:06 PM
ashley

I hope the judge finds the test in question as being a fair test. The city needs more firefighters and any delay in the issue is just risking more lives. there have been over 93 serious fires in the last week, and not enough fire fighters to respond. several lives were lost, all of which could have been avoided if there were enough fire fighters.

Jul. 20 2010 04:32 PM

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