Veterans in the FDNY

FDNY Veterans

T he FDNY is classified as a paramilitary agency because our organizational structure, tactics, training and culture resembles that of the U.S. Armed Forces. To date, there are more than 1,400 members in our Department who are veterans or military reservists. The Department’s Office of Recruitment and Retention remains committed to continuing efforts to recruit more service members into the FDNY. Through our ongoing outreach initiatives, many of our first responders who have served in the military also take an active role in educating veterans throughout New York State about working for our Department.

U.S. Army Partnership for Youth Success (PaYS) Program

Since September of 2018, the FDNY and U.S. Army have continued to develop its partnership by way of the U.S. Army Partnership for Youth Success (PaYS) program.  The PaYS Program is designed to help soldiers prepare for a career after the Army by connecting them with employers who understand the skills, discipline, and work ethic that military service members bring to a business.

The PaYS Program is a strategic partnership between the Army and a cross-section of private industry, academia, and state and local public institutes. FDNY’s partnership guarantees U.S. Army PaYS Program soldiers a job interview with the Office of Recruitment and Retention and possible employment after their service in the Army. The PaYS Program provides America’s youth with the unique opportunity to simultaneously serve their country and prepare for their future.



On the Job

September 24, 2020

Time to Catch Up with Retired Firefighter James Tempro

At the age of 91, retired FDNY Firefighter James Tempro noted humbly that he still enjoys helping the Department in any way that he can. “Working […]
July 20, 2020

A Closer Look at our PaYS Partnership with the U.S. Army

The FDNY and U.S. Army recently signed a partnership agreement in support of the U.S. Army Partnership for Youth Success (PaYS) Program. The program is designed […]
June 24, 2020

Firefighter Candidates: Stay #FDNYFit

While the postponement is continuing for all FDNY Firefighter processing, it is imperative that Exam #7001 Candidates use their free time to train for the job. […]
May 17, 2020

EMS Week 2020: A Spotlight on Our FDNY HS Alumni

Today marks the start of EMS Week 2020, an annual week-long initiative to promote public safety among all New Yorkers and celebrate the life-saving efforts of […]
February 20, 2020

Firefighter Dad Helps to Save Lives in the City With His Three Sons

For the Thomas family, the FDNY tradition started nearly 38 years ago when Robert became one of New York’s Bravest. Now, his three sons Jason, Nathan […]
April 6, 2018

From ‘Probie’ of the Month to Calendar of Heroes Model

We’re catching up with Firefighter Aleigha Powder today and her face might look familiar because she was our “Probie” of the Month in November 2015. In […]
March 8, 2018

Time to Catch Up With ‘The Latina Four’

In recognition of Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day, we’re catching up with four special ladies who made history in our Department almost 10 years […]