Do You Have What It Takes To Become A Firefighter?

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What is the best answer to this question taken from an FDNY qualifying exam?

While operating at a fire, Capt. Green, the commander of the Ladder Company 999, was sent by Chief Brown to locate the exact location of the fire. The fire building was two stories in height with a basement. Capt. Green found that the fire was located in one corner at the rear of the basement. The best way for Capt. Green to write this information in a fire report upon returning to the firehouse was as follows:

A)”The fire was located on the lower level, in the rear.”
B)”The fire was located in the southeast corner of the lower level.”
C)”The fire was located in the southeast corner of the basement.”
D)”The fire was located in the rear of the basement.”

The “correct” answer, and an account of a lawsuit related to the discriminatory impact of this exam, is available here at The Gothamist. There is no mention of gender disparities, though.

–Ann Bartow

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0 Responses to Do You Have What It Takes To Become A Firefighter?

  1. chasingmoksha says:

    OT:

    Ann, Do you have an opinion about this case,

    http://www.cnn.com/2007/LAW/05/23/child.rape.ap/index.html

    It made me angry that they were trying to argue that rape of a child under 10 (12?) should not get the death penalty unless there was murder too. I don’t know what I think about any of it or even the death penalty, however, there seems to be something underneath it all.

  2. Ann Bartow says:

    I am personally opposed to the death penalty, without exception. That being said, the article is very confusing and disheartening, I agree with you about that.