Bill Would Raise Age Limit for Fdny Rookies to 35 From 29

NY Daily News - December 21, 2010

by Erin Einhorn

A City Council bill introduced Tuesday would let people as old as 35 take the FDNY entrance exam - up from the current cut-off age of 29.

City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Queens) said he initially suggested raising the age restriction just for the would-be Bravest whose exams were tossed by a federal judge who found the tests discriminated against blacks and Hispanics.

Vallone said the FDNY suggested offering the exam to all new candidates in their mid-thirties.

"There are many men and women out there older than 29 who would make great candidates," Fire Commissioner Sal Cassano told the Daily News in October.