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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

1. When will the next Lieutenant, Captain and BC Test be given?

In most cases, FDNY promotional exams are given 8-12 months before the list expires. This is because it takes 9-12 months for DCAS to provide the FDNY with a new list after they give the test.
BC List expires - December, 2019
Captain List expires - September, 2020
Lieutenant List expires - September, 2020
So based on the expiration dates, the FDNY trend to give tests in advance, and several other factors, Fire Tech predicts the following range of dates at this time:
BC Test:
Fall of 2018 - Early Spring of 2019
Captain Test + Lieutenant Test:
Fall of 2019 - Early Spring of 2020
(One of the two exams for Company Officer will probably be given in Fall of 2019 - Lieutenant Test is more likely - due to the larger amount of candidates)

2. When should I start studying / and for how long?

It is good to get started slow 18-24 months before the test---this allows you to get the books, start reading 10-15 hours a week, then increase it gradually, get used to reading questions, etc....
Before you know it - it will be September - and you may only be 12-14 months before a test date
Everyone is different - but we all have a lot going on - so the sooner you get started - at a gradual pace - the better

3. From January to May, 2018 - Fire Tech is having 5 Firefighting seminars - What is a Firefighting seminar and who is it for?

Firefighting Seminars are typical Fire Tech style classes with a 50-60 question test, 7- 8 slides, followed by a review of the test / slides from seasoned instructors.
The "Seminar" means that the class is built around a Critical topic - like "Fireground Communications" and "Fireground Emergencies"
These seminars not only help you pass a promotional exam – but also make you a better Firefighter and / or Fire Officer
These classes are for “ALL Ranks" - as they will cover topics that could be seen on all 3 exams
BC Specific topics - that would only be on a BC exam, will be covered in the Battalion Chief specific program

4. In March, April, and May - Fire Tech is having 3 BC specific classes - What is the plan for this program?

Since the BC Test date is not clear at this time - Fire Tech did not want to wait until September and then have to cram in all the BC Specific classes if the test is given early
So we are planning 8 - 10 BC Specific Classes, and possibly 1 - 2 BC Trial Exams - depending on the actual test date
The BC candidate must still be sharp on "Crossover" topics that appear heavily on BC exams - so Seminars and regular Fire Tech classes will largely cover Crossover topics.
BC Specific topics - like "Command and Control" and "MSOT" are covered in the BC Program

5. Will Fire Tech have an Online Program?

Yes--There will be two programs
1. A Company Officer Program
2. A Battalion Chief Program

These online questions are a great supplement, and are FREE for Fire Tech students

6. How do I get a complete set of books?

Books are available through the FDNY Intranet. Use the Document/Books drop down link, select the FD Books link then click the “Order FD Books” link and follow the link directions.