Career Paths

The Fire Department offers many opportunities for women and men to start a rewarding career in public service. Everyday, FDNY personnel make a real difference in the communities of New York City. Learn more about FDNY  career paths and how you can start your journey today.      


The community counts on FDNY Firefighters to respond to emergency situations and protect the public. This includes extinguishing fires, technical rescues, responding to biological and chemical threats and more. Firefighters are depended on to promote fire safety and enforce fire safety standards. 

• Learn More About Becoming a Firefighter


FDNY EMS includes EMTs and Paramedics. People’s lives often depend on the quick reaction and medical expertise of EMTs and Paramedics. EMS members respond to emergency calls, perform medical services in the field and transport patients to hospitals. There are great opportunities to advance in this profession. 

• Learn More About Becoming an EMS Member


FDNY Fire Alarm Dispatchers are a call away from saving a life. They receive calls from citizens reporting fires and medical emergencies and provide them with the correct assistance. Their responsibilities include dispatching fire units to a scene, based on the condition and adjusting or relocating fire companies as needed. Dispatchers also operate Department radio and voice alarm systems to announce alarms. 

• Learn More About Becoming a Dispatcher


FDNY Fire Protection Inspectors play an important role in protecting people and property by ensuring that building safety codes are met. Fire Protection Inspectors also test and inspect fire protection and fire extinguishing equipment to ensure that these items are in good working order.  FDNY Fire Protection Inspectors can look forward to a competitive salary, excellent benefits and career growth opportunities.

• Learn More About Becoming an Inspector

Civilian (Administrative)

Civilian positions perform work supporting FDNY activities. Opportunities range from administrative duties to technical support to Operations. As well as providing support to the largest municipal fire department in the United States, civilian positions at the FDNY include a competitive salary, excellent benefits and career growth opportunities.

• Learn More About Becoming a Civilian Employee