Look up the word “grit” in the dictionary and you see “courage and resolve,” “strength of character” and synonyms like “spirit, backbone, tenacity” and “endurance.” It is a word that describes exactly what it takes to become an FDNY Firefighter.
Choosing to become a Firefighter is a life-changing decision. It requires a 100 percent commitment to meeting our requirements for physical fitness, academic excellence, teamwork, integrity, and discipline. You will work hard and be challenged every step of the way, but if you’re serious about joining FDNY it will all be worth it.
The best advice comes from FDNY Firefighters who have successfully traveled the path to becoming one of New York’s Bravest. Here are some words of wisdom to keep you motivated throughout the process:
“It takes an all-in commitment. If you go all in physically, mentally, emotionally, I feel that there is nothing that can stop you from getting on the job. Once you get it, you will realize how much it is worth.” – Lt. Andres Torres, Ladder Company 82
“This is the greatest job in the world. There are people out there who think females can’t do this job. As long as you work for it and train for it, you can do it.” – Anita Daniel, Engine Company 234
“I know this job isn’t for everybody, but it is for everybody to at least try it. It guarantees family security, retirement, and flexibility. I want to accomplish everything I can with FDNY.” – Clara Lyde, Engine Company 217
“It is a great job. The ability to help somebody when they can’t help themselves, the rewarding feeling would be hard to find somewhere else.” – Danny Chan, Ladder Company 109
The grit, determination, and commitment of FDNY Firefighters serve as an inspiration to others. This is your opportunity to learn more about how you can become one of New York’s Bravest too.