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The next written examination for entry-level Fire Fighter for the City of White Plains is anticipated to be held in March 2021 (unless otherwise announced). Please look for exam announcements in local newspapers and on this website in the Summer of 2020. Applications and filing fee of $50 (no cash) must be postmarked or filed by the last filing date.
Yes. If you are interested in becoming a Fire Fighter for any other municipality, you must file a separate application following their application procedures when they schedule their exam. We can only provide you with information about the White Plains exam.
Yes, for any other NYS municipality other than the City of New York. Simply follow the filing procedures for both exams, and inform us about the other exam on the Cross Filer Form and attach it to your White Plains application.
Completed application and exam fee are only accepted either:At the 3 locations listed on the announcement and ONLY until 5pm of the last filing date.ORIf mailed and postmarked by the US Post Office no later than the last filing date (certified mail is recommended especially if on or near the last filing date). Any application received without the exam fee will not be accepted. Any application received or postmarked after the last filing date will not be accepted.ORIf serving actively in the military as per Sections 243-b (2) and (3) of NY State Military Law, a late application will be accepted with proof of military orders. Those serving active military duty during the filing period, will under Section 243-c of NYS Military Law be permitted to file an application up to 10 business days prior to the date of the exam.We do not accept applications by fax or e-mail.
Once announced, both the Announcement and Application can be picked up at these White Plains locations:
City Hall, Personnel Dept, 255 Main St, Rm. 301
Monday-Friday between 9am-5pm
Thomas H. Slater Center, 2 Fisher Court
El Centro Hispano, 346 So. Lexington Ave
Monday-Friday between 12pm-5pm
There is a $50 non-refundable application fee which can be paid by:
Check or Money Order payable to the City of White Plains with the candidate’s name either printed or written on it, and the exam #;
Visa, Mastercard or American Express.
NO CASH is accepted.
You will receive a letter from the Personnel Department allowing you to resubmit the $50 exam fee plus a $20 bounced check fee as a pre-paid money order only. You will have 10 business days from the date of the letter to resubmit all fees. You will not be allowed to pay by check for any future exams with the City of White Plains.
Yes, but the applicant must be the card holder with the same billing address as the address provided on the application or it cannot be processed. Enter your credit card information at the bottom of the front page of the application. If another card holder will be paying your fee, the card holder must be present in our office when the application is submitted.
The information you provide will be carefully reviewed and will determine if you are eligible for admission to the examination. A vague or incomplete application may result in your disqualification. Untrue information could result in your removal from the eligible list even if you pass all parts of the exam. Please review it carefully after filling it out to be sure everything is filled out accurately and completely, both front and back. Please print neatly. Remember to sign it the application.
Yes. You must have been a legal resident of Westchester County for at least three (3) continuous months prior to the exam date and to the date of appointment. Preferential hiring is made from those candidates who are legal residents of the City of White Plains under the terms of a federal consent decree. This is subject to verification and investigation. Proof of residency may be required.
Candidates must notify this office in writing of a change of address using the Change of Address Form available on our website.
It is important that you keep us informed of your current address both prior to and after the exam so we can contact you.
Yes, but it is NOT required to take the examination. You will be required to show proof of citizenship in order to be appointed if you pass all parts of the exam and you are selected for appointment.
There are alternatives. Please refer to the exam announcement.
AGE REQUIREMENT: Applicants must not be less than seventeen and a half (17-1/2) years old on the date of the written exam. Eligibility for appointment as a Fire Fighter begins when an applicant reaches his or her eighteenth (18th) birthday. Applicants who lack one month or less of the minimum age requirements shall be deemed eligible if otherwise qualified.
You will receive a Notice of Admission to the examination, which will also provide information on the Free Training. If you have not received a Notice of Admission, three (3) months prior to the exam, please contact our office as soon as possible.
NO. The $50 is a non-refundable filing fee. You should read the exam announcement carefully to be sure you qualify before filing your application.
Contact our office immediately for a replacement copy. You will need to show a photo ID and be fingerprinted at the test site if you do not have your admission notice. Do not wait until the morning of the exam to look for your Admission Notice.
The Test Guide for this examination, as well as others, is available online at: https://www.cs.ny.gov/testing/localtestguides.cfm
Additional general exam related information is also available How to Take a Written Test and Questions and Answers about Municipal Civil Service Exams
OR a copy can be obtained in our office Monday-Friday 9-5 at Personnel Dept, 255 Main St, Rm. 301, White Plains, NY 10601.
Please note the most important document you should carefully read and consider is the examination announcement itself. Candidates should pay close attention to the "Subjects of Examination" section of the announcement to be informed about the test type and content, and focus their examination preparation upon the information described in this portion of the announcement.
You will be notified in the Notice of Admission of the available dates. Training will be held over a series of sessions for which training material will be made available.
You will be notified by mail of your grade on the written exam. In that letter candidates who passed the written exam will also receive information about the scheduled Practice Agility Test and scheduled Actual Agility Test.
NO. The practice agility test is optional.
We will mail your scheduled date and time approximately 6 months after written exam date.
YES. You must take and pass the actual agility test to be placed on the eligible list for Fire Fighter.
The location of the test is included in your Admission Notice letter which is mailed to you.
A message will be left at (914) 422-1279 if the test is cancelled due to inclement weather.
The events are described in detail in the Fire Fighter Agility Handbook and the Illustrated Guide for CWP Fire Agility Test.
If you do not receive a letter please call our office at (914) 422-1257.
Contact our office immediately. You will need a photo ID and will be fingerprinted at the test site.
If the address you wrote on your application changes, it is your responsibility to notify us by completing the Change of Address Form and returning it to our office.
Yes, however, you may do so only once, and due to the number of candidates taking the test and the limited number of test dates, rescheduling is done on a first-come first-served basis. Therefore please only request a reschedule date if absolutely necessary. Rescheduling must be approved prior to your original schedule date. Information will be provided in your admission notice.
If you pass the physical agility exam, your name will be ranked on an eligible list according to your scores on the agility test. Since the City of White Plains is subject to a federal consent decree, the eligible list must first be approved by the U.S. Justice Department prior to establishment which is projected for January following the agility exam. Once the list is established, the names of the eligible candidates are sent to the Department of Public Safety for background check and interviews as vacant positions become available. If you are the selected candidate, the job offer extended to you will be conditional on passing a background check and a medical exam.