WHITE PLAINS, NY -- County Executive Robert P. Astorino announced today that the Westchester County Department of Human Resources will be administering the county's next Firefighter Civil Service exam on March 28, 2015. Those interested in taking the test must register by Monday, Jan. 26.
The test is offered by the county once every four years, and will not be administered again until 2019. Test takers who pass the exam will be placed on a list by order of test score. The list is referenced as positions become available within fire departments throughout the county. All local fire departments, with the exception of Yonkers, White Plains, New Rochelle and Mount Vernon, hire from this list.
"This exam offers all Westchester residents an excellent opportunity for a career in public service," said Astorino. "I encourage all those interested in joining the brave men and women who serve in our local fire departments to take this exam."
The county's HR Department has spent the last several weeks conducting extensive outreach to publicize the exam. In addition to working with several county departments, the office reached out to various not-for-profit organizations, local libraries,government agencies and community centers.
"Getting the word out about the firefighter exam was top priority for our department," said Kerry Oristano, commissioner, Westchester County Department of Human Resources. "Taking the exam is the first step towards a very rewarding career opportunity."
Applications for the firefighter exam must be completed online at www.westchestergov.com/hr/. Candidates may use computers available at their local library or at the Westchester Count One-Stop Employment Center, located at 120 Bloomingdale Road in White Plains, to register for the exam.
The examination will be held at White Plains High School. More local test sites will be added, if needed. The only requirement to take the exam is a $100 application fee due at time of registration. There is an application fee waiver if the candidate is unemployed and primarily responsible for the support of the household, or if the candidate is currently receiving some sort of public assistance. A fee waiver is also available for candidates serving active military duty. All claims for application fee waivers are subject to verification.
Candidates hired from the list must have the following at the time of appointment: possess a high school diploma or GED, be 18 years of age, possess a valid New York State driver's license, pass a background investigation as well as any medical and/or physical agility examination required.