Record number of women taking NYC firefighter test

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Posted: Mar 09, 2012 7:28 PM
Record number of women taking NYC firefighter test

Officials say a record number of women has signed up to take New York City's firefighter test.

The Fire Department of New York says 3,481 women signed up for the entrance exam beginning next week. About 1,400 signed up in 2007.

There are only 24 female uniformed firefighters in the 11,000-member department.

The FDNY said Friday it had made a strong recruiting pitch to women.

More than 60,000 people registered to take the test this year. There are between 300 and 325 spots to fill.

A federal judge said Thursday the city could owe more than $128 million to minorities after determining the city's entrance exam discriminated against them.

The judge appointed an independent monitor to oversee the fire department's hiring of minorities for 10 years. The city has appealed.