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