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Steps to Getting Hired

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.

Step 1: Meet Eligibility Requirements

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:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Hold a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Have a motor vehicle driver’s license valid in New York State

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:

  • Have a valid NYS DOH EMS- Emergency Medical Technician Certificate.

Requirements for EMS Trainee Candidates Only:

  • Have at least six-months of full-time, satisfactory employment or full-time U.S. military service with an honorable discharge.
  • Must not possess a valid Emergency Medical Technician Certificate in any state.

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.

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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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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