A woman failed the New York City Fire Department (FDNY) physical exam, but will become a firefighter anyway.

For the first time in its history, the FDNY will graduate someone from the Fire Academy without passing the Functional Skills Training test, a tough obstacle course performed in full gear.

The test requires applicants to carry up to 50 pounds of gear, climb six flights of stairs, stretch hose lines, raise ladders, drag dummies and more, all in less than 17 minutes, 50 seconds.

They FDNY says it has been under fire from City Hall to hire more women, but some are saying this sets a dangerous precedent.

Amber Smith and Nomiki Konst appeared on "Fox and Friends" for a spirited debate.

Smith said that being a firefighter is not an office job. She said that it's a multi-faceted, physically demanding job that has no room for men or women who can't meet the physical standards.

"It puts the lives of those fellow firefighters and those they are attempting to help and rescue at risk," Smith said.

Konst asserted that the physical exam standards were set for men, not women, and there is a history of discrimination at the FDNY.

She pointed out that 10,500 men passed the test, while only 45 women did, calling for us to "expand the role of heroism in America" and include more women.

"It has to do with if you can physically do the job or not," Smith countered.

"It weakens the unit as a whole. And in these types of work environments where people's lives are on the line, it is all about teamwork," Smith said. "You have to rely on your team members."

Watch the "Fox and Friends" debate above.


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