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Frequently Asked Questions


What is the mission of the New York City Fire Department?
Answer: As first responders to fires, public safety and medical emergencies, disasters and terrorist acts, FDNY protects the lives and property of New York City residents and visitors. The Department advances public safety through its fire prevention, investigation and education programs. The timely delivery of these services enables the FDNY to make significant contributions to the safety of New York City and homeland security efforts.

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What does a Firefighter's job involve?
Answer: Firefighters control and extinguish fires, perform search and rescue at fire emergencies, provide pre-hospital emergency medical care, and perform fire safety education activities. Additionally, they enforce laws, ordinances, rules and regulations regarding the prevention, control and extinguishment of fires. They also respond to non-fire emergencies including terrorist activity, hazardous materials incidents, vehicle accidents, water main breaks and utility emergencies.

And as Firefighters advance in their careers, they also have the opportunity to work for the marine unit, an elite rescue squad, a specialized collapse unit or become a highly trained fire marshal. Firefighters are also eligible for promotion to fire officer by passing additional civil service examinations.

But this is just the beginning -- part of the excitement of being a New York City Firefighter is that you never know what to expect.

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Can a woman become a Firefighter?
Answer: Yes. The Fire Department strongly encourages women to become Firefighters.

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What benefits do you receive as a NYC Firefighter?
Answer: As a NYC Firefighter, you receive a competitive benefits package that includes lifelong medical coverage for you and your family, flexible work schedules, growth opportunities, up to four weeks paid vacation per year, and a generous pension.

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What is the starting salary?
Answer: Firefighters receive a base salary of $39,370 to start. After one year, Firefighters earn $41,311 (plus $8,159 in fringe). After just five years on the job, they earn $76,488 (plus $22,616 in fringe). [We use fringe on our salary chart, so this matches that language]

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When can I file for the exam?
Answer: DCAS opens filing for the firefighter exam every few years. Filing for the most recent exam (exam numbers 2000 and 2500) was open in 2011 and the test was administered in the spring of 2012.

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When is the next Examination?
Answer: The Firefighter Exam is offered by DCAS every few years. The most recent exam was given in the spring of 2012.

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Does the Examination test my knowledge of firefighting or the FDNY?
Answer: No. The computer based test is an examination that gauges a candidate's ability to learn and perform the work of a Firefighter. It may include questions on reading comprehension, problem solving, spatial recognition and applying rules to general concepts.

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After I pass the Test, what should I expect?
Answer: Based on your performance on the exam your name will be put on a civil service list in list number order. You will then be called to take the physical portion of the exam. The physical ability test is a series of challenges designed to test ability in four categories of fitness that are crucial in firefighting. Once your number is called for consideration, you will also take a medical and psychological exam, be subject to a drug screening, and begin your character and background investigation. Your eligibility requirements will also be checked at this time.

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Where can I find an application?
Answer: The filing period for the FDNY Firefighter Exam is now closed. You can apply for all New York City jobs at DCAS's website: www.nyc.gov/dcas

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Do you have to be a New York City resident to be a NYC Firefighter?
Answer: You must live in one of the five boroughs; Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island or one of these New York counties: Westchester, Putnam, Rockland, Orange, Nassau or Suffolk County.

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Do you have to live in New York City or New York State to file or take the examination?
Answer: No, it does not matter where you live when you file for or take the Firefighter Exam. However, when you are appointed you must live in either the five boroughs of New York City or in Westchester, Putnam, Rockland, Orange, Nassau or Suffolk County.

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Can you receive extra points on the exam if you live in NYC?
Answer: Candidates taking and passing the current exam (exam numbers 2000 and 2500) may have points equivalent to five percent of the maximum possible final exam score added to their final exam score if they resided continuously in one of the five boroughs of New York City between July 1, 2010 and June 30, 2011. Presentation of documents that prove residency will be required. For specific requirements see the Notice of Examination. The requirements for the next exam will be published when that test's Notice of Examination is released.

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Do you have to be a United States citizen to be a NYC Firefighter?
Answer: Yes, United States citizenship is required at the time of appointment.

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What are the age requirements?
Answer:For Exams 2000 and 2500, pursuant to Section 54 of the New York Civil Service Law and Section 15-103 of the Administrative Code, you must be at least 17 1/2 years of age by the end of the application period and you must not have reached your 29th birthday by July 15, 2011 to be eligible to take the Firefighter Examination.
Age requirement EXCEPTIONS:

  • Candidates remaining on the eligible list for Firefighter Exam Nos. #6019 and 6506 must not have reached their 36th birthday by July 15, 2011 to be eligible to take this examination.
  • Candidates on Special Military lists for Firefighter Exam No. 2043 in existence on or after July 22, 2009, must not have reached their 36th birthday by the beginning of the application period to be eligible to take this examination.

All persons who were engaged in military duty as defined in Section 243 of the New York State Military Law (including candidates on the lists noted above) may deduct from their actual age the length of time spent in such military duty up to a maximum deduction of six years.
The requirements for the next exam will be published when that test's Notice of Examination is released.

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Are age requirements illegal?
Answer: Age requirements are not illegal. The Federal Age Discrimination In Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA) was amended in 1995 to allow states and political subdivisions of states to impose age limitations for hiring and retirement of police officers and Firefighters as long as the requirement was in effect prior to March 3, 1983, and in certain other circumstances [Title 29, United States Code, Section 623(j)]. Accordingly, the Fire Department is authorized by federal law to impose a maximum age for the hiring of Firefighters.

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Can the age requirement be waived?
Answer: FDNY does not have the authority to waive the age requirement. Such a waiver is granted only through legislation.

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What is a CFR-D?
Answer: CFR-D is short for Certified First Responder with Defibrillation.

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Is a CFR-D certificate required before appointment?
Answer: No, it is not required at time of appointment. However, you will need to have a CFR-D certificate by the end of your probationary period and maintain it throughout your employment. If you do not possess a CFR-D certificate at time of appointment the FDNY provides a CFR-D training program during the Firefighter training course. If you successfully complete the course and receive your CFR-D certificate payroll deduction will commence at a rate of $30 per pay period until the total cost of the training is recouped by the FDNY.

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Do you get extra points on the Firefighter exam for having your CFR-D or EMT certification?
Answer: No.

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What is the legacy credit?
Answer: The legacy credit allows 10 additional points to be added to the final score of any applicant with a parent who has died while in discharge of his or her duties as a Police Officer or Firefighter; and a candidate who is the sibling of a Police Officer or Firefighter who was killed in service of New York City as a result of the World Trade Center attack on September 11, 2001, or a candidate who is the child of an FDNY EMS member who was killed in the service of New York City as a result of the World Trade Center attack on September 11, 2001. To be eligible, candidates must have passed the exam. For specific requirements see the Notice of Examination.

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Do I have to have a driver's license to be a Firefighter?
Answer: Yes, you need a valid New York State Driver's license to be appointed as a New York City Firefighter.

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Do the 15 college credits have to be in any special area of study?
Answer:
No, any course of study is acceptable. However, these credits must be obtained from a university, institution, school or college accredited by the U.S. Department of Education.

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Can you get extra credit for courses in the field of Fire Science, Police Science or emergency medicine?
Answer: No, we do not give extra credit for specialized courses.

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Can I get extra credit for firefighting experience in other municipalities or countries?
Answer: No.

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Can I transfer from another fire service to the FDNY without having to take the test?
Answer: No.

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How can I get more information?
Answer: For more information please call (718) 999-FDNY, or dial 311 and ask about jobs at the FDNY.

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I took the most recent Firefighter Exam, where do I get my results?
Answer: If you took Firefighter Exam 2000 or 2500, DCAS will mail you your score and list number. You are also able to retrieve your score and list number by calling DCAS's automated phone system at 212-669-1357 (it will ask for the test taker's Social Security Number and 4-digit exam number).

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