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Completing FDNY Firefighter School

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Completing training at the Academy is challenging for everyone. Having the right attitude and approach are the basic tools you will need to be successful.

Para Military Organization

The Fire Department is a paramilitary organization, meaning that it is organized like the military with a command structure and expectations. That means you will need discipline and obedience as orders given by your officers and instructors must be promptly acted upon as directed. Your ability to adapt to the Fire Departments fast paced, rigorous training environment is vital to your success. One of the foundations of this organization is the concept of TEAMWORK. The team is only as strong as its weakest link. Remove I, ME and MY from your vocabulary. There are no individuals here, only one team, one mind, and one objective.

Time Management

Begin to organize yourself and manage your time. School must be your top priority. You must be able to multitask so that your progress is not hindered.

Get Your Family Involved

For most probationary firefighters, family is integral to their success in the Academy. Many students are helped by family and friends during the 18 weeks course. Plan ahead and ask yourself these questions, if they apply: Who will take care of my children? Who will provide care for elder family members? How will you be able to handle these and other family commitments?

Academic Requirements

The academic schedule and requirements of the Academy cannot be overstated. Exams will be given weekly and there is a reading schedule divided into 4 blocks which can be studied within 8 weeks. This schedule is designed for a full time employed individual. Manage your time wisely. Stress and anxiety can manifest if you are not prepared. It is important to follow The academic schedule and requirements of the Academy. New material is based on previous lesson topics. Resources are available to you. There is a link below that will give you access to the manuals which will be the required reading assignments.

Physical Requirements

Today's firefighters have to be more physically fit than ever before. The physical requirements during training are intense and very difficult making it important for all candidates to be aware beforehand of the fitness standards of the Academy.

Candidate Mentorship Program

The Office of Recruitment and Diversity has launched a Candidate Mentorship Program designed to help you succeed at the Fire Academy and also make you feel welcome in the Department. Mentors are specifically trained to help you both academically and physically, and to assist in your transition to the firehouse workplace and culture. If you are interested in the mentorship program please email us at:

Resource Links:
8 Week Study Guide
BHS Guidance Document
Frequently Asked Questions About The Medical Evaluation
Candidate BHS Forms
Candidate Mentorship Program Fact Sheet
Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT)
Physical Preparation Guide
Probie Manual
The Recruiter newsletter
Study Guide Test Questions
Probationary Firefighters School Physical Training Video 1
Probationary Firefighters School Physical Training Video 2

Video Series Links:

Intro: Attention all candidates
While at the FDNY Training Academy you'll undergo 18 weeks of intensive work, Your overall grade in the Academy will be 50 percent based on in-class exams and academics, and 50 percent on your physical fitness performance and test scores.

Probationary Firefighter School
This first section will introduce you to the academic and physical requirements of Probie School; the mentorship program; the importance of team concept; time management; and what will be expected of you when you enter the Academy.

How to read an FDNY Document (tips to read effectively)
This section will focus on reading the written materials you'll be responsible for, and techniques to improve retention and knowledge.

Effective study habits
Proper studying habits are key to absorbing, understanding and retaining information. This chapter will explain study techniques; when and where to study; how to study; and how to learn difficult facts, equations and numbers.

How to perform better on FDNY exams
This chapter will address test taking skills & techniques.

An overview of physical fitness standards
This chapter will explain Academy fitness standards and training techniques.

Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT)
This chapter will explain the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) and what is required to pass this test.

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