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Posted on: February 28, 2022

Mayor Brown Encourages Buffalo Residents To Apply For The 2022 Firefighter Entry Exam

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Buffalo, NY - Mayor Byron W. Brown was joined by Fire Commissioner William Renaldo, City Human Resources Commissioner Gladys Herndon-Hill and Members of the Firefighter Recruitment Team, today to announce a new outreach recruitment campaign aimed at encouraging minorities, women, and veterans to join the ranks of the Buffalo Fire Department. The next Firefighter Civil Service Exam will be administered on Saturday, June 4, 2022. Potential candidates must fill out an initial application by Friday, April 29, 2022. For more information or to download an application, go to

The theme of the City’s fire exam recruitment campaign is “Home of the Brave” and features active Buffalo Firefighters in print ads and videos that will be posted and shared on all traditional and digital communication platforms.

“As we continue to invest in the Fire Department, we are committed to filling its ranks with qualified men and women who represent our city’s diverse communities,” Mayor Brown said. “The BFD offers challenging and fulfilling career opportunities, and we encourage all eligible Buffalo residents to apply to take the test and become one of the brave in the Buffalo Fire Department.”

“This recruitment campaign is critical to ensuring that the Fire Department’s ranks reflect the communities they serve,” said Commissioner Renaldo. “We are confident that this outreach campaign will spur great interest and encourage the many diverse groups that make up our City to apply for the upcoming firefighter exam.”

As part of the new recruitment strategy, the BFD will conduct an outreach campaign, placing ads in local publications that target ethnically diverse areas. A special emphasis will be placed on connecting with church pastors, youth groups, community service organizations and area colleges. Buffalo Fire Department Recruiters will also host several Open Houses, where potential candidates can learn more about the process of becoming a firefighter. They will also distribute flyers and posters, and attend a variety of community block club meetings and outdoor events in an effort to strike up interest in the upcoming fire exam.

To be eligible, the right candidate:

  • Must be 19 years old at the time of the examination and 20 years old at the time of appointment
  • Must be a full-time resident of the City of Buffalo as of January 29, 2022 and maintain city residence
  • Willing and able to perform physically demanding work
  • Manages stress and adverse outcomes well

Potential candidates can file for the written exam from now until April 29, 2022. The firefighter exam in Buffalo will be administered on Saturday, June 4th. Potential applicants can go to to download a copy of the application or they can stop by Buffalo City Hall, Room 1001 to pick up an application. Today’s announcement continues the Brown Administration’s significant investment in the Fire Department since 2006 and demonstrates its continued commitment to filling the Department’s ranks with qualified men and women who represent our city’s diverse communities.

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