Sign-Up for New FDNY Exam Could Begin Within Days

Registration for the new FDNY entrance exam could begin within a matter of days, according to the New York City Law Department.

Private testing companies are already advertising courses for the exam, which is expected to be administered early next year.

It will be the FDNY's first entrance test in more than four years, after U.S. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis deemed the department's previous exam discriminatory. The lawsuit was filed by the Vulcan Society, a group of black firefighters.

Expert representatives from the city, the U.S. Justice Department, and the Vulcan Society are currently working to create the new test.

There was some wrangling over the application fee in court on Monday. But Judge Garaufis ultimately ruled in favor of keeping the fee at $30, and the plaintiffs' argument that a higher fee could discourage blacks and Hispanics from applying.

The city had wanted to raise the fee to $54, and argued that the scale used to determine the exam fee is comparable to those for all other civil service exams.

Darius Charney, with the Center for Constitutional Rights — which is representing the Vulcan Society — said his group has asked the court for oversight of future hiring practices.

"We don't want to see history to repeat itself this time," he said.

The next court hearing is scheduled for August 1.

Frank Dwyer, a spokesman for the FDNY, said the department is excited about a new class of firefighters, and is hoping for many applicants.

"We want the best and the most diverse group possible to join the FDNY," he said.