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FDNY may hire ex-cons

An anti discrimination settlement will force FDNY to consider applicants who racked up good-behavior record in prison

By FireRescue1 Staff

NEW YORK — It's a plan fire department officials say they have no control over. Yet, they may find themselves testing, and ultimately hiring, rehabilitated felons.

“It’s not something we signed up for or control. It’s something we have to abide by,” FDNY spokesman Jim Long told the New York Post.

To be considered, the felons will need to have a "certificate of good conduct" from the state parole board. One source said this rule is the result of a court-ordered ruling for the fire department to fix its racial imbalances.

The city's notice of exams for firefighters still says that convicted felons are not eligible to become New York firefighters. However, a recent notice says these applicants will be given special review, the paper reports.

One city firefighter was hired after a being convicted of attempted assault 15 years earlier. He had a certificate of good conduct, the Post reports.

NYPD says that this exception does not apply to that department.

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