NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — A federal judge has denied the city’s request to delay the upcoming firefighter entrance exams.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Brooklyn Judge Nicholas Garaufis cited the “unprecedented” number of applicants in his decision.

The exam has been subject to judicial oversight since it was determined past exams had been unfair to minority candidates.

The city had asked to delay the January 2012 exam so it could develop “additional equivalent test questions.”

With 60,000 applicants, it said the exam would need to be given over five weeks, increasing the possibility of cheating.

Did the judge make the right decision? Sound off in our comments section below…

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Comments (6)
  1. Joey Ramone says:

    We need more fat lazy hero firefighters ASAP!!!

  2. Joan C says:

    I too am curious how this test has been determined to be discriminatoy towards any race or ethnic group. Those who really want to do well will find out where to go to get study materials,practice tests, etc. Those are the ones the FDNY should be interested in hiring.

  3. Kleetis MacAnurney says:

    Race has never been a determining factor in whether or not a candidate can be successful in their attempt to become an FDNY Firefighter. The tests [written as well as physical ability] do not benefit one color of skin over another. The test does do a good job of selecting the candidates who studied for the written portion and worked out tirelessly for the agility portion [Generally this constitutes those folks who really want to get on the job]. Judge Nicholas Garaufis [by his ruling] and the membership of FDNY’s Vulcan Society [by their still unproven claim that the test is unfairly biased against blacks] have succeeded in two very negative manners: 1) They have asserted that [people of color] are unable to motivate themselves to prepare for & pass a civil service test. 2) They have destroyed the concept that all people are created equal. I worked alongside black Firefighters, Officers & Chiefs who passed the same tests that I did. These men were justifiably proud [as was I] to have gotten on ‘the job’ due to our physical & mental abilities rather than our skin color. We respected each other and shared the title ‘Brother Firefighter’. The judge has still not explained what about the written and agility tests are ‘discriminatory against black candidates [chiefly because the is no discrimination in the testing process]. The city should appeal to a higher authority [one with a logically functioning brain]. By the way ‘You Honor’ why don’t you make a ruling that Blacks should be awarded law degrees without having to pass the bar exam?

    1. Rugbyball says:

      Well said @Kleetis, good job!

    2. Kazoo says:

      I think most self-respecting individuals feel the same way. With any luck this Judge will drop dead and then all this nonsense will go away.

  4. michaelfury says:

    1) What is the melting temperature of A36 structural steel?

    2) Disregarding fireproofing and heat-wicking of the adjacent structure, what is the maximum steel temperature possible in a kerosene-accelerated office fire?

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