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Posted on: March 2, 2021

[ARCHIVED] City of Albany to Hold Exams for First Responder Positions

Date: March 2, 2021 

AFD ContactJoseph W. Gregory, Chief of Department 

APD Contact: Steve Smith, Public Information Officer 


For Immediate Release 


ALBANY, NY – The City of Albany is holding an exam to be an Albany Firefighter/EMT on Saturday, May 1, 2021, and an exam to be an Albany Police Officer on Saturday May 15, 2021.  Interested candidates can apply for either exam here:  


These are open, competitive exam with the following qualification requirements:  

  • High School diploma or equivalency diploma 
  • United States citizen  
  • Valid NYS Driver’s License  

Candidates interested in the Firefighter exam who meet the qualifications listed above will also have to obtain a NYS DOH EMT-B Certificate no less than five (5) weeks prior to appointment. Visit for more information including local EMT training and preparation for the Candidate Physical Agility Testing (CPAT).  Firefighter salary starts at $44,608/year. 


Candidates interested in the Police Officers exam who meet the qualifications listed above have to be at least 19 years old by the date of the exam. Visit for more information including Albany Police test prep course materials.  Firefighter salary starts at $46,030/year. 


“One of the priorities of my administration has been to create a workforce that reflects the people we serve,” said Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan. “It is imperative that we hire qualified and diverse individuals to protect our residents, as well as the thousands who visit and commute here each day. Firefighters and police officers often encounter individuals in a vulnerable state and it’s important that we continue to have trustworthy public servants joining our ranks.” 


“Serving one’s own community comes with a level of pride that the Albany Fire Department holds in high regard,” said Albany Fire Chief of Department, Joseph W. Gregory. “Building a diverse Fire Department will increase our ability to address the needs of the public we are called to serve.   A stronger understanding of our community enhances our connection to every neighborhood, therefore building a strong belief and trust in the Albany Fire Department and its members.” 


“Serving as an Albany police officer is a rewarding profession that comes with a great sense of responsibility and pride,” said Albany Police Chief Eric Hawkins. “The Albany Police Department recognizes that diversity, equity and inclusion are vital to the overall growth and legitimacy of our agency and play a major role in enhancing public safety. As we continue to grow upon the many successes, we have achieved over the years in building relationships with our community, it’s important that our ranks are comprised of a diverse group of men and women who are personally committed to serving this city and helping those in need.”  


There will be test preparation sessions available via Zoom.  The dates, times and how to register for these sessions will be announced soon. 


A $30 non-refundable filing fee will be charged to sit for this exam. A waiver of application fee will be allowed for income qualified individuals. View a complete list of eligibility criteria.   


Once an application is submitted, candidates will be notified of the time and location of the exam by email. Applications must be submitted through no later than 11:59 p.m. on Monday, March 29, 2021 for the Firefighters exams, and no later than 11:59 p.m. on Monday, April 12, 2021, for the Police Officer Exam  


For questions or more information about the application or exam, please email HR.  




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