FDNY Exam Nets Record in Minorities, Women

More than 61,000 applicants have filed for the upcoming FDNY firefighter exam, including record numbers of minorities and woman.Two-and-a-half times as many blacks and Hispanics filed and more than three times as many women applied for this exam...


More than 61,000 applicants have filed for the upcoming FDNY firefighter exam, including record numbers of minorities and woman.

Two-and-a-half times as many blacks and Hispanics filed and more than three times as many women applied for this exam compared to the one given in 2007, according to a department news release.

The two-month sign-up period for the exam ended on Tuesday.

"Our sustained, years-long recruitment effort has attracted the largest and most diverse group of candidates ever," Commissioner Salvatore Cassano said in a statement. "Now, we want to make sure all the applicants come to take the test next year."

The new recruitment initiative followed a lawsuit accusing the department of using exams that discriminated against minorities.

A judge ultimately ordered the FDNY to create a new exam.

The FDNY Open Competitive Firefighter Exam will be administered in January 2012.