How to Get Hired by the FDNY

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These guys look like they could handle Koch even when he's retaining water. Photo: New York Daily News Archive/Contributor

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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