Firefighter Eligibility Requirements

You can start thinking about becoming an FDNY Firefighter as early as 17 1/2 years of age.  You should not reach your 29th birthday by the beginning of the application process. There are exceptions to this rule.

To be Hired as a New York City Firefighter, You Must:

  • Pass both the computer-based test and physical ability test.
  • Be a U.S. citizen at the time of appointment.
  • Be at least 21 years of age by time of appointment.
  • Be able to prove your identity and the right to obtain employment in the United States under the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.
  • Pass medical and psychological tests, as well as a drug screening. 
  • Demonstrate proof of good character and pass a background investigation.
  • Be able to understand and be understood in English.
  • Hold a valid New York State motor vehicle driver's license.
  • Be a resident of one of the five boroughs of New York City or live in Nassau, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Suffolk or Westchester County.

 Education/Military/Work Experience Eligibility

  • By the date of appointment, have a four-year high school diploma or its educational  equivalent.  
  • Have at least 15 college semester credits earned at an accredited college or university. 
  • OR, for applicants with a military service background, must have full-time military service with an honorable discharge.
  • OR, six months of full-time, satisfactory, paid work experience.

Other Requirements

In addition, you will be required to be a Certified First Responder with Defibrillation Certificate (CFR-D) by the end of your probationary period. FDNY provides a CFR-D training program during the probationary Firefighter training course.  Once the training course is successfully completed and you receive your certificate, $30 per pay period will be deducted until the total cost of the training course is covered.  Those who fail to obtain a CFR-D by the end of the probation period will be terminated. 

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