Connecticut Law Would Axe Fitness Requirements For Female Firefighters
View Source | January 18, 2023 9:03 pm
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- The Connecticut State Assembly is weighing a law that 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.
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