Ex-FDNY commissioner: ‘de Blasio is a disaster’: Female Firefighter allowed to graduate despite failing physical fitness test due De Blasio’s new PC guidelines

This is another layer of the onion that shows Bill de Blasio is unfit to be the mayor of New York.


NY Post reports Mayor de Blasio, you have a life-and-death problem.

“This guy de Blasio is a disaster,’’ Thomas Von Essen, the former New York City fire commissioner, told me.

Von Essen presided over New York’s Bravest on Sept. 11, 2001 — the day terrorists murdered nearly 3,000 innocents, including 343 valiant souls under his command.

“I already gave this city my husband. I’m not going to give it my son,’’ a woman who lost her firefighter husband on 9/11, and whose son followed in his dad’s footsteps by joining the Fire Department, told me.

She asked to remain anonymous so as not to damage her son’s career.

What the heck is going on?

A new female firefighter has been assigned to a New York City firehouse — even though the bumbling babe flamed out on a test of physical fitness. She is the first smoke-eater ever to fail the grueling test of endurance and still get a job fighting fires with the FDNY.

She’s certain not to be the last.

All over this city, people are alarmed that the de Blasio administration has substituted safety for political correctness.

“I’m very passionate about this,’’ Von Essen said. “The primary concern of this administration is to stay out of court, make settlements quickly. To try to appease every special-interest group in this city.’’

On Tuesday, Rebecca Wax, 33, a civilian FDNY employee since 2009, graduated from the city’s Fire Academy. The new probationary firefighter was assigned to Engine Co. 259 in Queens.

As The Post’s Susan Edelman reported, Wax made the cut even after she repeatedly failed the Functional Skills Training test, a punishing, job-related obstacle course.

In 18 weeks at the Fire Academy, firefighter wannabes previously were required to complete the FST within 17 minutes and 50 seconds. The test involves breathing through a mask connected to an air tank while carrying up to 50 pounds of gear, then climbing six flights of stairs, stretching hose lines, raising ladders, and performing tasks that simulate breaking down doors and pulling down ceilings, plus dragging dummies through tunnels with no visibility.

Wax was unable to finish the course several times. On her last try, she did — in more than 22 minutes, sources said.


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