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How to become a FDNY Paramedic or EMT

Step 1: Meet Eligibility Requirements

Anyone looking to become a FDNY EMT or Paramedic must make sure to meet all eligibility requirements

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Step 2: Take Civil Service Exam When Offered by Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) 

The civil service exam for EMTs and Paramedics is offered about once a year. It is scored based on education and experience.   Once an applicant takes the civil service exam, he or she will be put on a civil service list. 

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Step 3: Wait for Open Position

As jobs open, candidates will be contacted.  They will then be required to fulfill additional testing (see below) to qualify for a civil service position.

Step 4: Take Physical Test

EMT and Paramedic candidates will be required to pass a qualifying physical test.  This testing may continue periodically throughout your career.  If you are currently service as a provisional EMT or Paramedic with the FDNY and already passed the qualifying physical test, you do not need to re-take the test. 

Step 5: Undergo Medical and Psychological Testing

Medical and physical testing is a must for applicants.  The applicant must have a physical to check on health.  A psychological exam checks to make sure a candidate can deal with the stress and trauma that may come with the job.  A background check and a drug test are also conducted. 

Step 6: Enter Probationary Period

You will be in a 12 month probationary period.  During this time a candidate is required to successfully complete a prescribed training course which includes time at the EMS Academy at Fort Totten in Bayside, Queens.


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