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Posted on: November 17, 2022

Become a Pelham Firefighter

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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, 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.

Filing Period: November 16, 2022 - December 15, 2022
Exam Date: February 11, 2023

Please click here to view the 2023 Firefighter Examination Announcement

For more information and to sign up to take the Civil Service exam, please visit:

Westchester County Department of Human Resources
148 Martine Avenue
Suite 100
White Plains, NY 10601
(914) 995-2123

The chart below summarizes the basic requirements for firefighter: 

Basic Requirements for Firefighter Candidates

At Time of Examination
At Time of Appointment
United States CitizenshipNoNo
High School DiplomaNoYes
Current NYS Drivers LicenseNoYes
Minimum AgeNone18
Maximum AgeNoneNone
Westchester County Legal Residency30 days prior to the examination dateYes
New York State Legal ResidencyYesYes

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 April 27, 2019, are encouraged to read the Candidate Physical Ability Test: Orientation and Preparation Guide.

CANDIDATE PHYSICAL ABILITY TEST (CPAT): Candidates may defer the Firefighter Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) once. Additional deferment will result in the restriction from the eligible list.

CANDIDATE PHYSICAL ABILITY TEST WAIVER POLICY:  Candidates who have already passed the CPAT administered under IAFF and IAFC guidelines within the last 24 months, may be waived from taking the required CPAT again. Candidates seeking such a waiver must provide original documentation from the testing agency that shall include the CPAT date. Requests for a waiver, and all supporting documentation, must be submitted to the Westchester County Department of Human Resources.

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