How to Get Hired by the FDNY

UNITED STATES - AUGUST 27: Firefighters stand in the rain at the scene of a fire at the corner of Walton and E. Mount Eden Aves. in the Bronx, where five firefighters were trapped in the basement when the roof of a building collapsed. The inferno, which began at the Mega 99 Cent store around 12:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon, killed probationary Firefighter Michael Reilly, 25, and critically injured Lt. Howard Carpluk, a twice-decorated 20-year FDNY vet, after a huge air conditioning unit plunged through a burning roof and through the ground floor. (Photo by Debbie Egan-Chin/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images) Photo: New York Daily News Archive/2006/Daily News, L.P. (New York)

One way to get a leg up, according to a human resources manager who testified at a special federal trial looking into hiring practices in the department, is by knowing someone on the personnel review board who submits your name for consideration. It "occasionally" happens.

Meanwhile, former mayor Ed Koch, while talking to the Times about his upcoming quasi-autobiographical children's book, Eddie Shapes Up, offered a more theoretically egalitarian method: "I still believe, as I said when I was mayor, that a qualifying Fire Department test for men and women should be, can you carry a 210-pound mayor out of a second-story building?" Bloomberg might have to bulk up.

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