Discover Your Path

T he Fire Department of the City of New York is continually looking to advance the opportunities for young people to become part of the City’s Bravest. To help support this goal, the Department has created a Youth Workforce Development Initiative. To date, this initiative’s programs have helped many New Yorkers pursue and accomplish their dream of becoming a member of the Department.


FDNY Exploring Program

The FDNY Exploring Program is part of the Greater New York Councils Exploring Program. The Exploring Program gives New Yorkers (aged 14 to 20) the opportunity to gain valuable insight into a career at the Fire Department, while simultaneously building plans for their futures. The innovative program helps participants gain work experience and assistance with educational and fitness requirements that are critical to successfully pursuing a career at the FDNY. Participants also develop contacts with FDNY Firefighters, EMTs, Paramedics and others already on the job.

Requirements to Join:

  • At least 14 to 20 years of age and enrolled in a high school, college or general equivalency (GED) program.
  • Proof of ability to maintain satisfactory report card average.
  • Provide a doctor’s letter of good health.
  • Must be able to attend four meetings per month.
  • Pay an annual fee of $15 (to cover liability insurance and administrative fees)

Enroll in the Program: Contact an FDNY Recruiter to Learn More


FDNY Captain Vernon A. Richard High School for Fire and Life Safety

Housed in Thomas Jefferson High School in Brooklyn, and part of the City’s small schools initiative, the FDNY Captain Vernon A. Richard High School for Fire and Life Safety is a joint program between the Fire Department and the Department of Education. The High School provides a rigorous academic program with a special emphasis on the academic, physical and moral rigors of emergency response with a special focus on emergency medical and firefighting careers. Many graduates from FDNY Captain Vernon A. Richard High School for Fire and Life Safety go on to gain employment at the Fire Department.

Enroll in the Program: Contact an FDNY Recruiter to Learn More

FDNY Youth News

August 16, 2022

FDNY Youth Visit 9/11 Memorial and Participate in a Spirit Run

On Aug. 12, members of the FDNY Youth Summer EMS Academy visited the 9/11 Memorial in Manhattan and participated in a Spirit Run at our EMS […]
July 22, 2022

FDNY Summer Interns Lend a Helping Hand at the New York City E-Prix

Join us today in learning about FDNY Summer Interns Kajuan Johnson and Kaitlyn Cintron, who took part in ensuring the safety of patrons at the 2022 […]
June 27, 2022

FDNY Youth Hosts Completion Ceremony for FEMSA 21 and WEMSA 22

Today, FDNY Youth held a Completion Ceremony at our EMS Academy at Fort Totten for its Fall 2021 and Winter 2022 EMS Academy. “This group of […]
June 24, 2022

FDNY High School Bids Farewell to the Class of 2022

Today, Acting Fire Commissioner Laura Kavanagh presided over the graduation ceremony for the 15th class from the FDNY Captain Vernon A. Richard High School for Fire […]
June 19, 2022

Join Us in Celebrating Father’s Day 2022

Our Father’s Day celebration is back for another year and we’re coming with even more FDNY family love for 2022. Join us below in meeting FDNY […]
May 26, 2022

Meet Station 19 Lieutenant Miguel Flores

“Every day is a new challenge, and every patient provides a new story. From the moment you log on, you don’t know what to expect and […]
March 18, 2022

Apply Today to Train in the FDNY Youth Summer EMS Academy

Share this news! The application period is now open for the FDNY Youth Summer EMS Academy (SEMSA). This program is a New York State Emergency Medical […]
November 18, 2021

FDNY Paramedics Graduate from the Medic Basic Program

Fire Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro presided today over a graduation ceremony for 70 new Paramedics at the Christian Cultural Center in Brooklyn. “FDNY Paramedics have the […]
September 17, 2021

2021 WEMSA/SEMSA Members Become State Certified EMTs

FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro, Chief of Department Thomas Richardson and Chief of EMS Lillian Bonsignore congratulated 59 FDNY Youth members for becoming New York State certified […]