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Press Releases / 2014 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 27, 2014



Fire Commissioner Salvatore J. Cassano today swore-in 319 new probationary firefighters.  The new class is the second most diverse in the Fire Department’s history – 46 percent of the recruits are people of color.  The probationary firefighters, known as “Probies,” will attend a rigorous training program at the Department’s Fire Academy located on Randall’s Island.  The ceremony was held at the FDNY Fire Academy, where Mayor de Blasio and Commissioner Cassano congratulated the new probationary firefighters.

“With each new class of Probationary Firefighters, the Department grows stronger and better represents the city we serve by adding more women and people of color to our ranks,” said Commissioner Cassano.  “Like every class that has come before them, these new Probies will undergo extensive training as they earn the right to call themselves New York City Firefighters.”

Today’s class is the second most diverse in FDNY history, with more than 46 percent of the class coming from minority backgrounds, including 15 percent Black, 26 percent Hispanic and three percent Asian. The class includes 6 women, which brings the total number of female Firefighters to 42 – the highest total in FDNY history.  Previously, the most diverse Probationary Firefighter class graduated in December 2013, when 62 percent of the probationary firefighters were people of color.

Over the next 18 weeks, these new probationary firefighters will be trained at the FDNY Fire Academy.  They will receive advanced training in fire suppression and medical response including training at the FDNY high-rise fire simulator, subway simulator – featuring actual NYC Transit trains – Hazmat training, collapse and confined space rescue training and auto extrication.  In classroom instruction, they will also be educated on the fire code and building inspection, as well as procedures for engine and ladder operations.

Last year, 527 new Probationary Firefighters have been hired.  This new class of probationary firefighters includes 22 FDNY EMTs and Paramedics who passed a promotional exam to the rank of Firefighter as well as 248 candidates from the open competitive list created from the most recent Firefighter exam in 2012.

In 2013, New York City recorded 67 fire related deaths.  This marked the eighth consecutive year with fewer than 100 fire related deaths; something that has only been accomplished 13 times overall since record-keeping began in 1916.

More information about joining the FDNY can be found at

Press Contact: Francis X. Gribbon & Frank Dwyer, (FDNY) (718) 999-2056


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