Firefighter Injures Herself 10 Days Into Job After Sources Claim She Failed Fitness Tests

| by Zara Zhi
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A New York City firefighter who was permitted to graduate from the FDNY training school, even though she did not pass the physical fitness tests, is currently on medical leave after being on the job for less than two weeks, reports New York Post.

After 10 days of being employed as a New York firefighter, Choeurlyne Doirin-Holder broke her foot on Nov. 16 during a routine equipment check, said Brian Kilmeade on “Fox and Friends” on Nov. 23.

While leaving the truck, Doirin-Holder reportedly missed a step and landed on her left foot, enduring a fracture.

During a hazmat training assignment, officers came across her struggling to execute the compulsory tasks, New York Post reports.

New York Post claims firefighters described the tripping episode as embarrassing and alarming.

“If you’re going to get hurt in the firehouse checking a rig, what would happen at a fire?” an insider asked New York Post.

Doirin-Holder, 40, garnered undesirable attention in the summer after peers publicly disparaged her physical fitness levels, saying she was not fit for to be a firefighter, reports Fox News.

On Nov. 6, Doirin-Holder graduated from the FDNY training program as one of four new female Bravest, bringing the number of women — 49 — to a record high in the department’s 150-year history.

According to the New York Post, Doirin-Holder is one of 282 “priority hires” passed over in 1999 and 2000. Federal Judge Nicholas Garaufis required the department give preference these victims of prior discrimination against minorities.

But her capability was doubted by those familiar with her training, according to New York Post. They reportedly claim that school instructors allowed her pass the Functional Skills Test, a laborious obstacle course of firefighting responsibilities, albeit her failure to finish it in the required 17 minutes and 50 seconds or under.

Adding insult to injury, when she could not finish a 1.5-mile run within 12 minutes or less — after the course was reduced — she was allegedly permitted to show aerobic ability on a StairMaster machine under diluted requirements enacted by FDNY.

It was Doirin-Holder’s third bid to pass the academy. In 2013, she failed halfway through an academy class and resumed to her former career as an EMT. The two other female priority hires in that class were satisfactory.

Doirin-Holder started another session in early 2014 but left after an injury. The FDNY then gave her a desk job, keeping Doirin-Holder on payroll with a top firefighter salary of $76,488. That same year, she made $81,376 with overtime and went into her third class this summer.

Because she was hurt on duty, she is qualified for a disability pension that compensates her with three-quarters of her annual salary, tax-free, if considered unfit to return.

“If you can’t meet the standards, you are a danger to yourself, the public and most importantly everyone operating on the fire ground who is doing their job,” a FDNY forum netizen fumed.

Sources: Fox News, New York Post / Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons