Firefighters must often wear a face mask to protect themselves from smoke and other toxins. However, the face mask can also make it harder to breathe. That is why FDNY Firefighter candidates are required to undergo a comprehensive medical assessment, which includes having their lung health evaluated via a Pulmonary Function Test (PFT).
The PFT measures breathing capacity and air flow to ensure that a Firefighter can do their job safely, even under the most strenuous conditions.
What You Need to Know
Maintaining good lung health is the best thing you can do to ensure that you pass the PFT. However, there are some specific recommendations for the day of your test:
The PFT is just one of the many medical tests you will undergo as a Firefighter candidate. For more information on what to expect, download the “Guidance for Firefighter Candidates Concerning Medical Assessment” document.
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