Youth Outreach

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

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 […]
August 19, 2021

SEMSA Members Visit 9/11 Museum and Participate in a Spirit Run

Today, members of the FDNY Youth Summer EMS Academy (SEMSA) visited the 9/11 Memorial and Museum in Manhattan and participated in a Spirit Run at Fort […]
June 25, 2021

Former Proby of the Month Spotlight: Firefighter Tristen Echols

On this Flashback Friday, we’re catching up with former Proby of the Month Engine 231 Firefighter Tristen Echols, who is the second FDNY Captain Vernon A. […]
June 25, 2021

FDNY High School Class of 2021 Bids Farewell

Congratulations to the Captain Vernon A. Richard High School for Fire and Life Safety Class of 2021. Learn more about the FDNY High School here.
April 10, 2021

Meet the Berry Siblings

In celebration of National Siblings Day, join us in learning about EMT Chelsea Berry and her brother EMT Storm Berry. Almost everything is in twos with […]
March 25, 2021

Former Proby of the Month Spotlight: Firefighter Swain Thomas

On this Throwback Thursday, we’re catching up with former Proby of the Month Ladder 103 Firefighter Swain Thomas, who is the first FDNY Captain Vernon A. […]
October 9, 2020

FDNY Youth Celebrate the Completion of WEMSA/SEMSA

On Oct. 9, the FDNY hosted a Youth Winter EMS Academy and Youth Summer EMS Academy Completion Ceremony at the FDNY EMS Academy in Queens to […]
June 26, 2020

FDNY High School Class of 2020 Graduates

Congratulations to the FDNY Captain Vernon A. Richard High School for Fire and Life Safety Class of 2020!