FDNY/EMS Ten Most Frequently Asked Questions
When should I call the Fire Department?
You should call 911 for the fire department or pull a street alarm box whenever
you feel that there is an actual or impending fire or related emergency. It
is always to better to be safe than sorry.
When should I call for an ambulance?
If you have a true medical emergency you should always call for an ambulance.
Medical emergencies include, but are not limited to the following: Breathing;
Bleeding; Possibility of a head, neck or spinal cord injury; Chest pains; Broken
bones when the injured cannot be moved; Trauma (Motor Vehicle Accidents, Assaults,
How Do I Become A Firefighter?
The exam for firefighters is given approximately every four years. There are
educational and age requirements. At the time of the last application period
you were required to have: a) successfully completed 30 semester credits from
an accredited college or university; b) a four year HS diploma or its educational
equivalent and have completed two years of honorable full-time U.S. Military
Service. You must be at least 17 years old to take the exam and not have reached
your twenty-ninth birthday by the beginning of the application period. All
persons who have been engaged in full-time military duty may deduct from their
age the length spent in the military not to exceed six years. You must be twenty
one years old to be eligible for appointment. Other requirements will be posted
coinciding with the announcement of the next exam.
How Do I Become A Paramedic or EMT?
The department often adds to its applicant database of EMTs for future EMT
classes. IF you want to work for the fire department of New York City as an
EMT you must possess: a valid NYS Department of Health Certificate; a motor
vehicle driver’s license valid in the state of NY; a four year H.S.
Diploma or equivalent. Please call 718-999-2169/2179 to register with our Candidate
Investigation Division. When you call to register you will be require to provide
the following: EMT certification #; Driver’s License number; contact
How Do I Acquire a Certificate of Fitness (C of F) or a Certificate
of Qualification (C of Q) Necessary To Operate Certain Equipment
Within A Fixed Structure?
C of F or C of Q: The Bureau of Fire Prevention 9 Metro Tech East - 1st Floor
- Brooklyn, New York 11201 - 9 A.M. to 5 P.M. For further information call 718-999-1986.
For information on Operating Permits for combustables, flamables or compressed
gases, please call the Bureau of Fire Prevention at 718-999-2547'
Who Can I Talk To Concerning A Fire Code Violation?
You can call the Field Public Communications Unit at 718-999-2522
How Can I Get A Fire Record?
You can call 718-999-2681/2682 or visit: The Bureau of Fire Prevention 9 Metro
Tech East - 1st Floor (Flatbush Ave Ext) - Brooklyn, New York 11201 - 9 A.M.
to 3 P.M.
How Can I Get An Ambulance Report?
You can call 718-999-1997/1998. Due to the confidential nature of medical information,
it is important that one follow the instructions on how to obtain the report.
Full instructions are available at the above phone numbers.
How Can I Get The Fire Department To Turn On A Fire Hydrant
For Neighborhood Children On A Hot Summers Day?
You can contact your local firehouse or police precinct. Hydrants can only
be opened when used in conjunction with an approved Sprinkler Cap. Only firefighters
are permitted to open a fire hydrant.
How Can I Get A Firefighter or a Paramedic/EMT To Speak At
My Group About Fire or Health Safety Record?
You can call the Office of Fire Safety Education at 718-999-2343. If you would
like to visit the Fire Safety House for Children, call the NYC Fire Museum at
212-691-1303. School classes can visit a New York City Firehouse for a demonstration
of equipment and to meet the firefighters. Call your local fire department to
make an appointment.
What do I do about a running or leaky fire hydrant?
Hydrants are for fire fighting, not for fun. Each time a hydrant is opened
illegally, a thousand gallons of water are wasted each minute. Children risk
serious injury from the powerful flow. There is also a severe loss of water
pressure, which means that if there is a fire, someone might be injured or
die. So if you need to cool off, try the beach or the nearest pool, or get
an approved spray cap for a neighborhood hydrant from your local fire house.
If there is a leaky hydrant or illegall opened hydrant, report it to 718-DEP-HELP.