Hiring Process

Congratulations on wanting to become an Eastchester Firefighter. The following general steps should be followed to become a candidate for the Eastchester Fire District.

Step 1: Apply

Meet the following eligibility requirements:

RequirementAt Time of ExaminationAt Time of Appointment
United States CitizenshipNoNo
High School DiplomaNoYes
Current New York State Drivers LicenseNoYes
Minimum AgeNone18
Maximum AgeNoNo
Westchester County Legal Residency30 Days Prior to the Examination DateYes
New York State Legal ResidencyYesYes


Apply to take the Westchester County Department of Human Resources Civil Service Uniform Service Examination for Firefighters.

Exams are typically offered about every four years.

Sign up to receive announced Westchester County Civil Service Exams.

Step 2: Take Written Exam

Take the written exam. The Westchester County Civil Service Firefighter exam does not require you to have any special knowledge of firefighting or the Fire Department. Subject areas include the ability to learn and apply information, basic arithmetic, reading comprehension, and situational judgment.

Once the exam is completed, you are considered to be a Firefighter Candidate and your name will be put on the Westchester County Civil Service list based on order of performance and other factors

The New York State Department of Civil Service offers a Firefighter Series Test Guide (PDF).

Step 3: Take Physical Exam

You must be nominated by a Westchester County Fire Department to attend the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT). Candidates are encouraged to read the Candidate Physical Ability Test: Orientation and Preparation Guide (PDF), and to view the Firefighter Physical Ability Test: Instruction Video (WMV)

Step 4: Complete Candidate Review

There are medical and physical agility standards that must be met in order to achieve a permanent appointment as a Firefighter. Please note candidates for employment as Firefighter will be called based on the list number and need, which can take up to multiple years.

Step 5: Graduate from the Fire Academy

Successfully complete a 17-week classroom and physical fitness program that includes fire service training through the Westchester County Department of Emergency Services.

Benefits & Salary

Eastchester Firefighters receive a competitive benefits package and salary:

  • Medical coverage 
  • Promotional opportunities
  • Flexible work schedules
  • Overtime and holiday pay
  • Paid vacation
  • Pension

Firefighter Salary Guide

Beginning Of202220232024
Starting Salary$57,784.38$59,228.98$60,709.71
2nd Year$66,714.69$68,382.55$70,092.12
3rd Year$75,645.00$77,536.13$79,474.53
4th Year$86,588.36$88,753.07$90,971.90
5th Year$92,455.00$94,766.38$97,135.53
6th Year$103,398.36$105,983.31$108,632.89


Firefighter Salary Guide for Promotional Opportunities

Rank202220232024
Lieutenant$116,322.71$119,230.77$122,211.53
Captain 1st Year$128,427.42$131,638.10$134,929.05
Captain$129,247.25$132,478.43$135,790.39
Lieutenant Fire Prevention$127,954.98$131,153.85$134,432.69
Firefighter Fire Prevention$106,500.29$109,162.79$111,891.85


**The District is an Equal Opportunity Employer and considers any qualified applicant with or without a reasonable accommodation.**