Minority-Dominated Class Graduates from New York Fire Academy

Michael Schwirtz, New York Times, December 5, 2013

Amid wailing bagpipes and roaring applause, the newest batch of New York City firefighters graduated from the fire academy on Thursday, joining a 148-year-old institution that is steeped in tradition, but also on the cusp of significant change.

The graduation was the latest stage in a court-ordered experiment to alter the face of the predominantly white Fire Department. Minorities make up more than 60 percent of the class, making it the most diverse in department history.

The new class is “furthering the department’s longstanding goal of better representing the city we serve,” Salvatore J. Cassano, the fire commissioner, said at the ceremony, which was held in the packed hall of the Christian Cultural Center in Canarsie, Brooklyn.

“I believe in diversity,” he said. “I believe it will make our work force stronger.”

The effort to diversify has met with skepticism and some hostility in some of the city’s 200 or so firehouses. Some firefighters have accused the department of creating a quota system that has promoted diversity over competence.


In his graduation remarks, Mr. Cassano sought to allay any concerns about the competence of the new class.

He said the city had “fought extremely hard to improve the diversity and inclusiveness in this department, while never wavering from the extremely high standards this job demands.”

The graduation, which was attended by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and top Fire Department officials, represents the culmination of years of legal wrangling over a persistent legacy of racial discrimination at the department. In 2007, the Justice Department sued the Fire Department after the Vulcan Society, a black firefighters group, complained that the entrance exams used by the department were biased against minority applicants.

A judge agreed, and ordered the department to create a new exam and reform its hiring practices. The judge, Nicholas G. Garaufis of Federal District Court in Brooklyn, also ordered the department to give another chance to some minority applicants, some of whom failed exams given in 1999 or 2002.

There are 76 of these recruits, known as priority hires, in the current class. Many of them are older, and because of the court order they will receive higher pay than even some more senior firefighters.


Of the 242 who did graduate, 24 percent are black and 36 percent are Hispanic. {snip}



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  • dd121

    How many? I really don’t care. They voted for it; they got it.

    • maxsnafu

      I couldn’t agree more. This is poetic justice.

      • Druid

        no one voted for this. this is the brainchild of a looney White judge…

  • Erasmus

    “I believe in diversity,” he said. “I believe it will make our work force stronger.”

    “Celebrate Diversity!” will go down as one of history’s worst slogans. Watch for it. ALL of the evidence about diversity’s effects on societies and businesses runs completely contrary to what diversity’s fascist supporters claim.

  • D.B. Cooper

    Why is the class only 60%? Why not go for the full 100%? DO you think the white people of New York will fight that? I sure don’t.
    New York whitey is a wimp. Strike while the iron is hot, or something like that.

  • NeanderthalDNA

    No meritocracy in civil service is half the reason there is a Black middle class.

    • IstvanIN

      Actually watering down civil service tests, or eliminating them entirely, has built the black middle class.

      • dd121

        Civil service tests were not watered down. They were eliminated in 1973 by a Supreme Court decision. That’s were we can date the end of our meritocracy. It been a noticeable decline since then.

        • IstvanIN

          For the Feds, some states still have them, such as some jobs in NJ and NYC, but they have been watered down. Republicans are big on doing away with civil service tests so “the best and the brightest” can be hired. If they are so bright and best why can’t they pass a test?

          • dd121

            I meant the fed test. It did snag the best and brightest, at least those with the highest IQ, which is what the Federal Service Entrance Entrance was. Hiring in the fed government is now a negro cattle call. I don’t know what the hell the Republicans are thinking.

      • That and Griggs v. Duke Power.

      • Erasmus

        Actually watering down civil service tests, or eliminating them entirely, has built the black middle class.

        And making American society into a dysfunctional joke has been its only cost. The black middle class has not been worth the sacrifice the rest of society was forced to make for its creation. Affirmative action has been a steep, hidden tax on the white middle class.

  • borogirl54

    I wonder if these people actually passed the physical fitness test, which to me is more important than the written test since firefighting is a physical job.

    • JohnEngelman

      Affirmative action causes mental standards to be reduced for blacks and Hispanics. Physical standards are reduced for women.

      • Druid

        Sir, as a former Strutural Ironworker and member of my locals apprenticeship committee, we had to knock down the physical fitness standards for blacks just as well as for women. Don’t think for a minute, blacks are as physiaclly fit as White men.

        • NeanderthalDNA

          Yeah we see all those athletes but those aren’t representative of most blacks.

      • George Clark

        What about Asians? You left them out, how uncharacteristic of you. Are physical standards reduced for Asian women?

        • JohnEngelman

          Asians of both sexes are harmed by affirmative action policies on mental aptitude. Affirmative action discriminates in favor of women of all races, including Asians. That was implicit in my earlier comment.

  • DailyKenn

    How can a minority dominate? They are a majority. 🙂

  • Strike_Team

    Since NYC is majority non-white, let them deal with the consequences. It will take a few more classes like this to stock the entire dept. with crews that are an arsonist’s dream.

    I hate to admit it, but I can hardly wait to hear the excuses down the line while the city burns.

    • NeanderthalDNA

      Bill DeBlackio is gonna turn NYC into Detroit before you know it…

  • JohnEngelman

    In 2007, the Justice Department sued the Fire Department after the Vulcan Society, a black firefighters group, complained that the entrance exams used by the department were biased against minority applicants.

    – Michael Schwirtz, New York Times, December 5, 2013

    The exams were biased against applicants who do not have the brains to be adequate fire fighters. Because this is obviously true, the truth is suppressed.

    • IstvanIN

      I heard one of the questions that blacks couldn’t answer was: If the fire is thirty feet from the hydrant and each section of hose is ten feet long, how many sections of hose do you need?

      • JohnEngelman

        You need six sections. Half will be poorly maintained, and they will leak.

      • A very similar question on the St. Louis Fire Department promotion test that blacks were said to have a hard time with was this:

        You are 90 feet away from the fire. Each section of hose is 30 feet long. How many must you connect together to reach the fire?

        It wasn’t a trick question, either.

        I get the sense now that the blacks who couldn’t answer it knew that 90 divided by 30 is 3. But they didn’t have the verbal and language skills to be able to figure out that that’s the math you needed to do from reading the word problem.

        Also note that this was on a promotion test, not an entrance test. This means that those who are not SLFD officers are not expected to know how to divide 90 by 30.

        • Don’t make the unemployed me cry.

          Not that I want to be a firefighter, but if a person can’t calculate 90/30, they shouldn’t doing anything more than pushing a broom.

      • EuroHero

        You’re kidding right? Not even blacks are that stupid.

        • robinbishop34

          Wanna bet?

          • EuroHero

            Lol, on second thought no, I think I’ll pass. Only a fool would bet money on blacks when it comes to intelligence.

  • Lewis33

    This will definitely be a boost to morale!

  • Spartacus

    Good. Let’s hope our enemies’ main city burns down.

  • bigone4u

    When firefighters D’Shante, Jose, and Shaniqua show up and the fire’s a’blazin’, will any of them know what to do if they’re all as dumb as a box of rocks. Watch fire insurance rates skyrocket, property damage increase, and deaths by fire become a real issue as reality hits home. Affirmative action kills.

  • Think of it this way:

    Whites families can begin suing the FD when their significant others aren’t rescued.

  • Pro_Whitey

    “Bagpipes wailing” . . . yo, what’s with those cracker bagpipes!?! Let’s get some Jay-Z goin’!

  • Jim Henry

    Question: And what did you learn at the Fire Academy, Tyrone?

    Answer: Water go in one hole and come out da other.

    • Whitetrashgang

      Your thinking of his girlfriends weave.

  • So CAL Snowman

    Minority firefighters and Bill de Blasio, what could possibly go wrong in Soviet New York?

  • Jesse James

    The liberals are happy to give away jobs they feel are beneath them: police, firemen, EMTs, the military, construction, anything within a mile of a factory that actually makes something, government jobs, etc. I say we demand that this society go “full retard” and take away all qualifications for lawyers, accountants, doctors and the almighty tenured college professors. Let’s promote the blacks into all of these jobs and see how the privileged elites who can’t so much as build a deck on a weekend scramble to find a way to make a living when there jobs are thrown onto the bonfire of equality.

  • TheAntidote

    People of African descent are terrified of fire. Perhaps it is a memory from the collective subconscious. Let’s see how many of them will rum into a burning building.

    • ixObserver

      What memory ?

      • IstvanIN

        He is right on that score. Fire, the dark, ghosts, and wild animals are very frightening to blacks. I have worked with many blacks over the years and it is amazing how, even having been born, educated and raised in the US, their primitive few of the natural world.

        • ixObserver

          Interesting. It seems unusual that people who lived so close to nature would have these fears(sans ghosts). Maybe this heightened fear is an evolutionary self defense mechanism that is still encoded in their genes since they are far behind. On the Savannah fire must not have had the same value as in cold places. Also the dry grass lights up pretty fast burning large swathes and probably driving away food sources or killing them. This mean firefighting academies should have some sort of real test with fire to weed out people who are not suitable for this job. Having been born/raised/educated in the US may not be able to neutralize one’s limbic brain’s responses.

  • Spartacus

    The roof is on fire !

    • me

      We don’t care, let the mother—- burn!

  • John K

    Most minorities set fires, not fight them.

  • bubo

    “I believe in diversity,” he said. “I believe it will make our work force stronger.” ~Salvatore J. Cassano, fire commissioner

    Sellout white weasel. Just once I’d like to see a white guy that’s made it to the top not take a runny excrement on the white guys at the bottom.

  • DiversityIsDeath

    Maybe, in this particular case, it’s a good thing. Most of the fires in NYC are in minority areas anyway, so it is minorities who will be at the mercy of minority-dominated fire dept. And it always bothered me that White men were risking their lives, being killed and injured in fires to save worthless, ungrateful minorities who are a nuisance to us anyway.

  • negrolocaust

    “I believe in diversity,” he said. “I believe it will make our work force stronger.” only a disgraceful piece of garbage would say this. hopefully this diversity responds when this idiots family are in need of critical care.

  • Paleoconn

    All the non-White and woman hires should be put together in stations serving non-Whites and elitist liberal neighborhoods like the Upper West Side. All the White firemen should be in White middle- and working-class neighborhoods. This way the whole department is diverse, and the diversity benefactors get served by its beneficiaries.

    • IstvanIN

      Yup, let blacks save blacks. Haha. They see a fire and one of two thoughts come to mind: looting or feets do yo stuff”.

      Feminists should only be rescued by 5’2” 110lbs “firefighters”. Let see one of them carry some bloated man hater down a ladder.

  • IstvanIN

    Can you imagine blacks risking their lives like the white firemen did in the World Trade Center during 09/11?

    • It wasn’t just firemen. For security reasons not much was said at the time but the entire NYPD bomb squad was killed that day — all of them. They too were an elite white force that ran to danger rather than from it.

  • IstvanIN

    I noticed that as well, white divers. Now that SA is banning whites from their Navy their submarines are in mothballs. I believe their air force is falling apart as well.

    • Among the worst sins committed by the white South African Gov’t was destroying their stockpile of nuclear weapons before handing power to the ANC.

  • ixObserver

    “I believe in diversity,” he said. “I believe it will make our work force stronger.”


    How the heck does ‘diversity’ make for better fire fighting skills. And I thought my country was crazy. Pendulum has gone from one end to another, it has to come back.

  • me

    Yup. Blacks are notorious for being ‘rockfish’. And pyrophobics. This should turn out well….

  • newscomments70

    Their fire department will now resemble the DMV. I wonder how much those $20 million penthouses owned by rich white liberals will be worth in ten years?

  • newscomments70

    NYC is not the only city pursuing this route. Check out the London UK fire brigade recruitment photo. This one is classic…

    • Didn’t Jim Morrison pen the line “Come on baby, put out my fire?”

      • newscomments70

        Robby Krieger wrote that song.

        • For purposes of song publishing royalty distributions the Fox Office lists Morrison, Manzarek and Densmore as authors along with Krieger. This would only be true if all four or their heirs/assigns had agreed that they were the authors.

    • robinbishop34

      Looks like any given U.S. city news anchors or sales ad seen in a weekend circular. Some central casting milk dud paired up with a doe eyed white girl. It’s actually funny.

    • Andrew

      Inferior Alert!

  • Si se puede, baby! I’m seeing my dream of turning America into a toilet come true.

  • EuroHero


  • JTK

    I did statistical analysis based on the racial breakdown of NYC
    population. According to 2010 US census, non-Hispanic Whites are 35.1, Blacks
    25.1, Asians (including South Asians) 11.8 And Hispanic 27.5 percent of the
    total population. Most of the readers of this blog are aware of differences in
    cognitive abilities between racial groups. By now it is a well-developed science based on extensive data developed over the last hundred years. These differences are best measured by IQ number. Mean IQ for the entire population of US is 100. For Blacks mean IQ are 85, Whites 103, Hispanics 89 and Asians 95. It is around 108 for East and 90 for South Asians. The intelligence requirements for firefighters fall from minimum IQ of 100 to maximum 120. No offense to firefighters, but most people with IQ over 120 ends up in jobs requiring at least Bachelor degree. Assuming Standard Deviation of 15, my analysis concluded that with absence of affirmative action they should hire 13 percent Blacks and 20 percent Hispanics. Whites and Asians should have at least 67 percent. This means that almost half of Blacks and Hispanics hired are not qualified for the Firefighter’s jobs.

  • MartelC

    anyone remember when the statute based on the firefighers at ground zero was unveiled.- it change 3 white firefighters putting up the flag into a hispanic, black and white.
    I don’t doubt in a few years the photos will be airbrushed too, stalin era style.

    We have a hostile elite that hate us. Bloomberg deliberately drove out the last of the remaining gentile middle class, often literally using eminent domain to turn over business ,to his wealthy, co ethnic elite.

    but I bet there is going to be a ‘special’ fire station on the upper east side, staffed by the remaining whites..

  • Yale2001

    “I believe in diversity,” he said. “I believe it will make our work force stronger.”…………………………..What does that even mean? If you really want the force to be stronger you will pick the absolute best with no adjustments based on race. They don’t even understand what comes out of their mouths.

  • IstvanIN

    Sovereign immunity.

  • newscomments70

    We should start to form our own fire and police departments. The AA dominated emergency services are obsolete.