City Councilman Wants NYC Firefighter Age Limit Raised

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – The 2007 recruitment exam for the New York City Fire Department (FDNY) is considered to be discriminatory according to the ruling of a federal judge.

WCBS 880’s Monica Miller reports

Since then, a hiring freeze has been put in place until a new test can be approved.

By that time, qualified candidates like Rebecca Wax, who passed the old test, will be too old to become a firefighter under a law that cuts off candidates at 29-years-old.

“Unless they change the age limit or make an exception for us, I don’t get to take the test. I never become a New York City firefighter,” says Wax.

New York City Councilman Peter Vallone, Jr. has introduced a bill to raise the FDNY’s age limit to 35.

“This is fair. This is one thing we can do to help them,” Vallone told WCBS 880 reporter Monica Miller.

  • Chris

    @rob if you read the whole article at ny1 the rest of the vallone quote is there. He’s talking about the people whose dreams are shattered because they’re too old. You can relax about the “them” paranoia.

  • Jimmy

    I think veterans get an age extension – as they should might I add. So probably this makes sense.

  • Bob

    Wouldn’t any age limit be discriminatory according to the ruling by the Federal Judge? It would seem to me that as long as you are not beyond the mandatory retirement age of whatever pension you would enroll in, then preventing you from taking the test would be discriminatory. Why is 29 discriminatory and 35 is not?

  • rob

    Regarding Councilman Peter Vallone, Jr Statement “This is fair. This is one thing we can do to help them,” WHO EXACTLY IS THEM?

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