FDNY EMS CAREER

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EMS (from FDNY web site 4/14/22)​

Get Hired

Congratulations on wanting to become a part of the FDNY EMS Team. Below are detailed steps that will make it easier for you to learn more about how to become a FDNY EMS member. Paramedic is a promotional opportunity only available to FDNY EMS members.

Step 1: Meet Eligibility Requirements​

Anyone looking to become a FDNY EMT or FDNY EMS Trainee 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:
By the last day of the DCAS Civil Service Application Period, you must have:
  • A four-year high school diploma or its educational equivalent (GED or Foreign high school equivalent)
  • A valid NYS DOH EMT-B certification; or
  • A valid NYS DOH EMT-P certification
*Please note that if you hold an EMT-P certification you will be hired to work as an EMT-B only!
Requirements for EMS Trainee Candidates Only:
  1. A four-year high school diploma or its educational equivalent (GED or Foreign high school equivalent); and
    • Six months of full-time satisfactory employment; or
    • Full-time U.S. Military service with an Honorable Discharge; or
  2. Graduation from the;
    • FDNY Captain Vernon A. Richard High School for Fire and Life Safety
    • Clara Barton High School
    • Institute for Health Professions at Cambria Heights
    • Urban Assembly School for Emergency Management
    • Academy for Health Careers
    • Bronx Health Sciences High School

Step 2: Take Civil Service Exam When Offered by the Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS)​

The civil service exam for EMTs and EMS Trainees is offered about once a year. It is scored based on education and experience. DCAS will contact each applicant regarding their official score and list number. Applicants will be put on the appropriate civil service list in list number order.

Step 3: Begin the Hiring Process​

When a candidate’s list number is reached, EMT and EMS Trainee candidates will begin the hiring process:
  • Physical Ability Test (see video below)
  • Background/Character Investigation
  • Medical and Psychological Testing
*All candidates must successfully complete all steps of the hiring process to be considered for the EMS Academy.

VIDEO: Physical Ability Testing for EMS Candidates​


Step 4: Enter EMS Academy​

  • FDNY EMT – PES (Probationary EMS School) 13 weeks of intensive classroom instruction which includes FDNY ambulance rotations, Hazardous Material Training and EVOC (Emergency Vehicle Operators Course)
  • FDNY EMS Trainee – PTP (Probationary Trainee Program) 16 weeks of intensive classroom instruction which includes the NYS EMT Certification exam, FDNY ambulance rotations, Hazardous Materials Training and EVOC (Emergency Vehicle Operators Course)

Benefits and Salary​

FDNY EMS members receive an incredible benefits package and a competitive salary.
  • Over 20 different health plans with family and domestic partner
  • Overtime, shift differential and meal money
  • Five-year pension vesting with full pension benefits after 25 years of service, deferred compensation and 401K plans available
  • Excellent promotional opportunities
  • Veterans’ credits for those who meet the requirements
*Base salary does not include overtime and other benefits. Salary and vacation time are subject to change.

EMT Salary Information:​

Number of YearsSalary
Starting Salary$39,386 – $47,016
After 1 Year$41,616 – $47,828
After 2 Years$42,357 – $61,580
After 3 Years$49,047 – $74,402
After 5 Years$59,534 – $76,472

EMS Trainee Salary Information:​

Number of YearsSalary
Starting Salary$36,330
After 3 Months$39,386 – $47,016
After 1 Year$41,616 – $47,828
After 2 Years$42,357 – $61,580
After 3 Years$49,047 – $74,402
After 5 Years$59,534 – $76,472

Paramedic Salary Information:​

Number of YearsSalary
Starting Salary$53,891 – $60,796
After 1 Year$59,363 – $66,463
After 2 Years$61,783 – $69,395
After 3 Years$68,155 – $82,850
After 5 Years$75,872 – $92,635

Exam​

The civil service exam for EMTs and EMS Trainees is offered about once a year. It is scored based on education and experience. The Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) will contact each applicant regarding their official score and list number. Applicants will be put on the appropriate civil service list in list number order.
Learn More About Upcoming Civil Service Exams

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)​

1What do EMTs do?
People in New York City depend on the quick reaction and attentive care of the FDNY’s Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT). They respond to thousands of emergencies each day, providing medical assistance to anyone in need.
Each day is different than the next - but never boring. EMTs can respond to emergencies ranging from automobile accidents to major fires. When they arrive at an emergency, they quickly determine the nature and extent of the patient’s condition. They provide emergency care and, when necessary, transport the patient to a local medical facility.
EMTs are trained to provide basic life support (BLS) services in a pre-hospital setting, ranging from CPR to spinal immobilization.
Members typically are dispatched by a 911 operator and work closely with police officers and firefighters at the scene of an emergency.
2What is the difference between the FDNY EMT and FDNY EMS Trainee titles?
3Can I work for the Fire Department as an EMT with an out-of-state EMT-B or EMT-P certification?
4Do I need to live in New York State to work as an EMT with FDNY?
5What are the minimum and maximum age requirements for an EMT?
6Do I have to be a US citizen to be an EMT?
7Do I need college credits to be an EMT?
8Do EMTs belong to a union?
9Do I have to pay for my books, uniform, equipment and refresher programs after employment with FDNY?
10What promotional opportunities are available for EMTs within FDNY?
11What other promotional opportunities are available?
12Do you offer part time employment? Can I work summers only?
13Do I get to choose where and what time I work?
14I filed for the most recent EMT or EMS Trainee exam, where do I get my results?
15How can I get more information?


 
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