Report: Black Female Firefighter Allowed to Graduate Academy Despite Failing Strength & Running Test

Report: Black Female Firefighter Allowed to Graduate Academy Despite Failing Strength & Running Test

Affirmative action is terrible based on principle alone, but when it comes to first responders, it can be dangerous. Yet the FDNY was forced to take a black woman, simply because she was a black woman, despite failing required physical tests.

Choeurlyne Doirin Holder

Instructors reportedly ‘fudged’ the scores of Choeurlyne Doirin-Holder, allowing her to graduate the FDNY Fire Academy despite not receiving a passing score on the Functional Skills Test and the required 1.5 mile run, The New York Post reports.

Doirin-Holder,31, was a court-mandated priority hire, who had previously failed out twice, and has been described by a former classmate as, “the most pathetic specimen of physical fitness I’ve ever seen.”

She completed the Functional Skills Test with a time of over 24 minutes, the passing time required is 17 minutes and 50 seconds. The test requires trainees to complete a course of job-related tasks such as dragging dummies all while in full gear. According to an FDNY insider Dorin-Holder failed to complete the required 1.5 mile run in under 12 minutes, finishing it in 12 minutes 6 seconds. This was after the start and finish lines were moved, shortening the course a quarter-mile.

These tests aren’t in place to be unfair to women — they’re in place to ensure that firefighters are able to be fit enough to save people’s lives. This is a situation where affirmative action isn’t just unfair… it can be the difference between life or death.

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