Learn More About Becoming a Firefighter

The following steps should be followed to become an FDNY Firefighter.


Five Steps to Becoming an FDNY Firefighter

1) Apply

File to take the written Firefighter exam.

2) Take Written Exam

Take the written exam that includes basic reading, listening, problem-solving, and arithmetic. FDNY hosts FREE prep sessions.

3) Take Physical Exam

Pass Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) that includes an agility and strength test. The FDNY offers work-out sessions to prepare for CPAT.

4) Complete Candidate Review

Pass medical, psychological and background checks. If you join the FDNY mentorship program, your mentor can assist you and prepare you for the Fire Academy.

5) Graduate From The Fire Academy

Successfully complete an 18-week classroom and physical fitness program that includes fire service training. Begin the career of a lifetime.


Already a Firefighter Candidate?

The FDNY provides a number of resources to help you become one of New York’s Bravest.  

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