Westchester County

Firefighter Exam

Firefighter Examinations

The Westchester County Department of Human Resources administers the civil service examination for firefighters that will be used to fill vacancies in the fire departments of the cities of Peekskill and Rye and those of the towns and villages and Special Fire Districts within the county. At this time, the Westchester County itself does not have a fire department.

The cities of Mount Vernon, New Rochelle, White Plains and Yonkers each hold their own firefighter examination.

The chart below summarizes the basic requirements for firefighter: 

  At Time of Examination At Time of Appointment
United States Citizenship

 No

 No

 High School Diploma

 No

 Yes

Current NYS Drivers License

 No

 Yes

 Minimum Age

 None

18

 Maximum Age

 None

 None

New York State Legal Residency

 No

 No

In addition to the above, there are medical and physical agility standards that must be met in order to achieve a permanent appointment as a Firefighter. The official announcement for Firefighter will detail the requirements necessary to complete the examination and appointment process.

Candidates who participated in the last firefighter examination held on March 5, 2011 are encouraged to read the Candidate Physical Ability Test: Orientation and Preparation Guide, and to view the Firefighter Physical Ability Test: Instruction Video.

Westchester County Fire Departments
Learn more about the fire departments for which Westchester County administrers examinations. The written exam is held every three to four years.

 Town/Village of Harrison (no Web site available)
Town of Pelham
Village of Larchmont
 Village of Pelham
Village of Pelham Manor
Village of Rye Brook
Village of Port Chester
City of Rye
Eastchester Fire District
Fairview Fire District
Greenville Fire District
Hartsdale Fire District
Lake Mohegan Fire District