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Congratulations on wanting to become a FDNY Dispatcher.  To become an FDNY Dispatcher, you will need to take a civil service exam. Below is information that will make it easier for you to learn more about how to become a Dispatcher.

Eligibility Requirements

To be a FDNY Dispatcher, you need to make sure you meet all eligibility requirements before applying to take the civil service exam.

Education and Experience Requirements:

  • You must have a four-year high school diploma or its educational equivalent from an   accredited organization. 
  • You must have two years of experience in one of the following categories.  This   experience must have happened in the last five years.

Medical Requirement: You will be examined to determine whether you can perform the essential functions of the position of Fire Alarm Dispatcher.

Drug Screening Requirement: You must pass a drug screening in order to be appointed.

Residency Requirement Advisory: Any person employed as a Fire Alarm Dispatcher must be a resident of the City of New York or of Nassau, Westchester, Suffolk, Orange, Rockland or Putnam counties. English Requirement: You must be able to understand and be understood in English.

Proof of Identity: Under the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, you must be able to prove your identity and your right to obtain employment in the United States prior to employment with the City of New York.

Civil Service Exam

Applicants must take and pass the Walk–in Civil Service exam for Fire Dispatcher. 

There is currently no scheduled exam date. Please check back periodically for updates.

You can also visit the Department of Citywide Administrative Services or DCAS website to remain informed about upcoming test dates. 


Affiliated Organizations

Many FDNY Affinity Groups provide services throughout the hiring process. Interested candidates should contact the organizations directly to find out what services they offer. FDNY Affinity Groups assist in strengthening the Department’s ongoing partnership with members and the community while leading initiatives that celebrate heritage.


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