City Councilman Wants NYC Firefighter Age Limit Raised

WCBS 880 - December 21, 2010

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.