Congratulations on wanting to become a part of the FDNY EMS Team. Below is information that will make it easier for you to learn more about how to become a FDNY EMS member.
Anyone looking to become a FDNY EMT or Paramedic must make sure to meet all eligibility requirements
All applicants to the FDNY EMS Command must:
Note: A valid license from another state is ok as long as driving privileges in New York have not been lost due to outstanding fines, judgments or more.
Requirements for EMT Candidates Only:
Requirements for Paramedic Candidates Only:
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.
Find out what the most Frequently Asked Questions are when becoming a FDNY EMS Member.
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.