By May 8, the FDNY had nearly 52,000 applicants — but decided to delay closing to attract more. A month later, it had collected an additional 20,000 — boosting the finally tally to 72,595 applicants, the FDNY said Thursday.
It was a record-high for recent filings, the agency said, and 20% higher than the 59,874 who applied the last time the test was given, roughly four years ago.
In its final flurry of recruitment, the FDNY notched several other historic achievements:
- 63% of the applicants are African-American, Latino or Asian, compared to 48% in the last go-round about four years ago.
- 13% are women, approximately 9,000. That’s up from 6%, or 3,500, from the prior filing period.
- The FDNY tripled the number of Asian women applying,from 66 four years to go 228 now.
- 80% of all the women applicants are non-white, the FDNY said.