Female Firefighter Wendy Tapia To Get Seventh Chance To Pass FDNY Physical Test

Wendy Tapia, 34, was allowed to conditionally graduate from the FDNY's Randall's Island training academy in May 2013 - despite failing the required running test

via the Daily Mail:

A female firefighter who has repeatedly failed the fitness test is being given an unprecedented seventh try.

Wendy Tapia, 34, was allowed to conditionally graduate from the FDNY’s Randall’s Island training academy in May 2013 – despite failing the required running test, New York Post reports.

Typically firefighters who fail the exam at the end of academy training don’t graduate and are forced to re-take the entire course in the next academy class.

But Tapia, blaming a foot injury for her failure, was allowed to take it again not once, but five more times over the next six months.

Each time, she failed to run the 1.5 miles in 12 minutes without gear, as required by the academy.

After failing her sixth attempt in November 2013 – without ever working an active duty shift at her assigned Engine No. 316 in East Elmhurst, Queens – she finally quit.

Now Tapia is being given yet another chance to join the Fire Department of New York with a seventh run at the test.

And this time she is sure to pass, claim fellow firefighters.

Read more at the Daily Mail.

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