Firefighters BLAST Dem-Sponsored Bill That Would ‘Axe’ Fitness Requirements For Females: ‘Either You Can Do The Job Or You Can’t’
In the name of diversity, inclusion, and equity (or something), Connecticut Democrats are working to “lower” the physical fitness requirements for female firefighters. Basically pushing any benchmarks out of existence.
These lawmakers believe this will make the force “more diverse,” even though they are totally dismissing the only thing that’s important in this field: the ability and skill set to be successful at putting out fires and saving lives.
Much of which, obviously stems from a certain measurable level of physical fitness.
A law introduced earlier this month in the Connecticut State Assembly would let women skip the Candidate Physical Ability Test, a timed gauntlet used by fire departments across the country. The test, which only 10 to 15 percent of women pass, requires candidates to complete intense physical tasks while wearing a 50 pound vest. It’s designed to simulate the experience of navigating a fire in heavy gear — and to weed out those unable to do so.
The law, introduced by five Democratic lawmakers, would offer women an alternative test based on “revised physical standards,” with the goal of ensuring that “additional female candidates” qualify for firefighter positions, text from the bill states.
Think about how dangerous this proposal is. In yet another clear-as-day example, Democrats are only interested in quotas. And will achieve them by all means necessary. Regardless of field.
Americans have seen this kind of thing before, but rarely in spaces that involve life safety. As evident, Connecticut Democrats will push their woke nonsense wherever they see fit – including the realm of firefighters.
Fortunately, many Connecticut firefighters are seeing through the politically correct lingo.
“If you can’t handle a 50 pound vest, you’re not going to be able to rescue a child from a burning building,” said Leah DiNapoli, a retired firefighter in New Haven.
“A citizen in need of rescue doesn’t care if a firefighter is white, black, Hispanic, male, or female,” said Frank Ricci, a retired firefighter who served as the president of the New Haven firefighters union.
“They care that they can do the job. This attempt to socially engineer public safety positions will only serve to endanger the public,” he added.
More from the Beacon:
Unlike in the military, where uniforms and equipment vary by gender, all firefighters wear the same gear, which weighs at least 59 pounds — 9 more than the vest used for the physical assessment. That’s not including the weight of ladders, hoses, or other firemen, who must sometimes carry incapacitated colleagues on their shoulders. While a few pieces of protective gear now come tailored for women, most of the essential tools do not.
“They don’t make lighter saws or ladders,” DiNapoli said. “When I was there, they didn’t even make female-sized boots.”
The law, she added, is “absolutely insane. Either you can do the job or you can’t.”
As Democrats have basically put it, hiring someone in any field based on merit and skills is outdated and ought to be thrown out along with toxic masculinity and the so-called patriarchy.
This story is out-of-touch progressive lunacy at its finest. And is about being outraged for the sake of being outraged. Even with potential real lives on the line.
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