FDNY Exam will be held in 2024!

After a long and anticipated wait candidates and the general public are able to apply for the FDNY Exam in order to potentially become a New York City Firefighter. The filing period for the FDNY exam is from March 6, 2024, thru May 21, 2024. The computer-based exam will then be held by DCAS approximately a month after the last filing date (June 2024). The last FDNY exam for this job title New York City Firefighter (FDNY Exam) was held in 2017 by the city of New York. The City of New York and DCAS are expecting a large turnout for the FDNY exam after there has been a long wait for the exam to be scheduled. This very competitive FDNY exam and job position is highly sought after by New City residents and residents from Long IslandWestchester and Rockland County. On Long Island most of the Fire Departments are volunteer town departments and many of these volunteer firefighters have caught the passion of being a firefighter and help people in times of need. These volunteer firefighters who fit in the age requirement as listed below will be coming out in large numbers to take the NYC Firefighter exam and become one of New York’s Bravest. Civil Service Success will be offering a two session live in person course along with an online course for the FDNY exam to help candidates score a high enough mark to be appointed to the job. Civil Service Success and the instructors at Civil Service Success have been successfully teaching these types of preparation course for over 40 years. The Course will consist of all aspects of the highly competitive FDNY Exam such as: reading comprehension, video questions, training guide style questions, operations manual comprehension questions, basic math as needed for exam etc. The classes will also go over in detail the physical agility/ability and other screening processes required to be hired into the academy.

The Civil Service Success course focuses primarily on the written exam. The written exam will consist of computer based multiple-choice questions designed to test candidates on nine ability areas. These abilities include such areas as memorization, spatial orientation, written comprehension and problem sensitivity. The Hybrid FDNY Exam Prep Course will include practice exams which will allow candidates to assess their current level of performance, as well as identify those ability areas upon which they will need to focus their study effortsThis Opportunity to become a New York City Firefighter only comes out once every 5 to 7 years.

Steps to becoming a New York City Firefighter:

Step 1: Apply

Apply to take the written Firefighter examExams are typically offered about every four years.

If you want to become a FDNY Firefighter, you must meet eligibility requirements.

You can start your process of 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. However, there are exceptions to this rule:

If you are on the Special Military list for the Firefighter Exam, you cannot turn 36-years old by the beginning of the current application period to be eligible to take the exam.

If you were on active military duty, you can subtract up the amount of time you spent on duty from your actual age. The maximum you can subtract is 7 years. This rule is defined in Section 243 of New York State Military Law.

If you meet requirements above, 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.

Step 2: Take Written Exam

Take the written exam that includes basic reading, listening, problem-solving, and arithmetic.

Step 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.

Step 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

Step 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.

Benefits and Salary

FDNY Firefighters receive an incredible benefits package and a competitive salary.

Lifelong medical coverage for you and your family

Growth opportunities

Flexible work schedules

Up to four weeks paid vacation per year

Generous pension

Starting salary for a Firefighter is $45,196. But with overtime and holiday pay, which is often required, you can get additional compensation. After five years, a Firefighter can make more than $100,000, including overtime and holiday pay.

The Firefighter exam does not require you to have any special knowledge of firefighting or the Fire Department. The exam includes multiple-choice questions that test on reading, problem-solving and applying rules and concepts. Once you pass the written test, you also must do an in-person interview with FDNY Officers.

Once the exam is completed, you are considered to be a Firefighter Applicant and your name will be put on a civil service list based on order of performance and other factors. Candidates will then be called to take the physical portion of the exam. The Applicant also will undergo a medical and psychological evaluation, a drug screening, and a background check.

Please note candidates for employment as Firefighter will be called based on the list number and need, which can take up to multiple years. Please also note that candidates on the Promotion to Firefighter Exam list get called before candidates on the Open Competitive Exam list.

Take the test don’t let the test take you is a slogan used by the instructors at Civil Service Success and the FDNY Prep Course being held by Civil Service Success. A course take can make the difference between appointment and disappointment. Go to www.civilservicesuccess.com. for more information.

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