Firefighter: Carbondale Illinois Deadline November 9, 2015

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Deadline: November 9, 2015

Job Description:

Eligibility Requirements:


Monday, December 7, 2015 at 8:00a Carbondale Civic Center ‐ 200 S. Illinois Ave. Monday, December 7, 2015 (time to be determined)
Tuesday, December 8, 2015 (for written exam & physical passers only) Monday, November 9, 2015, 5:00p

  • Must be U.S. citizen
  • Must be at least Twenty‐one (21) and less than Thirty‐five (35) years of age on or before the exam date.
  • Possess at least a high school diploma or GED certificate.
  • Live within a 9‐mile radius of Carbondale within 6 months of hire date as prescribed by the Carbondale Revised Code, Title 1, Section 4‐16.
  • Comply with the City nepotism ordinance and all other City ordinances.

Application Procedures and Requirements for taking the Written Examination:

To be eligible to take the written examination, the following must be received by the City’s Human Resources Office no later than Monday, November 9, 2015, 5:00 p.m. They are as follows:

  • City of Carbondale Firefighter Employment Application
  • A non‐refundable $15 application fee.
  • Copy of your birth certificate
  • Copy of your children’s birth certificates
  • Copy of your marriage license and/or divorce decree
  • Copy of your high school diploma or GED certificate
  • Official college/university transcripts
  • Copy of your DD‐214
  • Three (3) letters of reference
  • Clear photograph (a copy of a driver’s license or any other form of identification is unacceptable)

Applications may be obtained at City Hall, 200 S. Illinois Ave., Carbondale, Illinois or printed from the City’s website Completed applications, the application fee and the required documents listed above may be submitted in person at City Hall; mailed to: Human Resources – City of Carbondale, PO Box 2047, Carbondale, IL 62901; emailed to or faxed to 618‐457‐3283. If you are faxing or emailing your application or any other required documents you will need to submit the original documents.

Upon receipt of all required documents and the $15 application fee, you will be mailed a Candidate Preparation Manual to better prepare you for the fire examination. Prep manuals will be mailed out 2 to 3 weeks before the examination date.

Preference Points:

A maximum of five (5) preference points are available to applicants who were engaged in the U.S. military service for at least one year of active duty and who were honorably discharged or who are now or have been members on inactive or reserve duty. Preference points must be requested in writing and must include a copy of the DD‐214. Requests must be received by Human Resources no later than Friday, December 4, 2015 by 4:00pm. Preference points will be included in the candidate’s final score and reflected on the Final Eligibility List.

Written Exam Information:
Candidates must present a photo I.D. in order to take the written exam. The exam contains 166 questions and includes items to measure skills and abilities in reasoning, mechanical, logical thinking, reading comprehension, math, map reading, writing abilities and situational judgment.

Written Exam Scores:

In order to participate in the Physical Fitness Assessment candidates must pass the written exam with a score of 70 or higher. Exams will be graded on site and scores will be posted outside of the Human Resources office prior to the Physical Fitness Assessment. Candidates who do not meet the minimum exam score will not be eligible to participate in any other phase of the examination process.

Physical Fitness Assessment Requirements:

The Physical Fitness Assessment will be conducted Monday, December 7th for candidates who have passed the written exam. It is designed to evaluate the basic physical condition of the candidate in endurance, strength, flexibility, agility and for fear of heights. All sections of the Physical Fitness Assessment must be passed successfully. Because the requirements are set to minimum standards, failure to pass any section would indicate the candidate is physically unfit for duty as an active member of the department. The assessment will then be terminated for that candidate. Candidates should wear appropriate physical fitness attire. In addition, sweatpants/pants will be required for the Confidence Course portion of the exam. The Physical Fitness Assessment will include the following: Push‐Ups, Sit‐Ups, Agility Run, Ladder Climb, Manikin Drag, Pike Pole Grip and Pull, and Confidence Course.

CPAT and Ladder Climb Completion:

Proof of completion of the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) and Ladder Climb may be substituted for the Physical Fitness Assessment. Candidates who do not have the Ladder Climb endorsement but have completed the CPAT will only be required to complete the Ladder Climb at the Physical Fitness Assessment.

Completion of the CPAT and Ladder Climb must be within 6 months of the examination date (June 7th, 2015 or later). Candidates with CPAT certifications and Ladder Climb Endorsements completed prior to June 7th, 2015 will not be accepted. Those candidates will be required to complete Physical Fitness Assessment. A copy of the CPAT certification and Ladder Climb endorsement must be received in the Human Resources office by Friday, December 4, 2015 at 4:00pm.

Candidates who successfully complete the Physical Fitness Assessment, or provide proof of CPAT certification and Ladder Climb endorsement, will qualify to participate in the Oral Interview Exam.

Oral Interview Exam:
Candidates who pass both the written exam and physical fitness assessment will be scheduled for the Board of Fire and Police Commissioners (BFPC) Oral Interview Examination. The BFPC is comprised of five residents of Carbondale, none of whom are employed by the City of Carbondale. In addition to the BFPC, the Fire Chief and Administrative Services Director/Human Resources Manager will also be in attendance.

Oral Interviews will be held the following day on Tuesday, December 8, 2015. Candidates will be notified of their oral interview appointment times by phone. Due to the number of candidates to be interviewed and the schedule of the BFPC, assigned interview dates and times cannot be changed. Please note that this is not a job interview. The oral interview exam is the final phase in the entire examination process.

Candidates will be notified by mail of exam results and Eligibility List ranking. Candidates who successfully pass the entire exam process will receive a background investigation questionnaire and a fingerprint card to complete. Fingerprinting may be completed at the Carbondale Police Department at 501 S. Washington or from most local police departments.

Eligibility List

Candidates who pass the oral interview exam will be placed on the Firefighter Eligibility List. The Eligibility List is comprised of candidates who have passed the written exam, Physical Fitness Assessment and oral interview exam. Candidate’s names are placed on the Eligibility List in ranking order based on their examination score. Candidates will remain on the Eligibility List for a two year period.

Candidate’s file must be complete with all of the required documents. Failure to submit the required documents could result in removal from the eligibility list.

Appointments for open positions are made from the Eligibility List. When a position comes open, candidates must have all of the required documents on file to be considered for an interview.


Note: Applicants with relatives who are currently employed with the City of Carbondale will not be eligible for hire within the same working department or division where a supervisor/subordinate relationship will result. Contact Human Resources for details.

Process for candidates that may be recommended for appointment:

Background Investigation, Medical (including drug testing), baseline, training (240 hours if applicable).


This is a regular, full‐time position with the City of Carbondale’s Fire Department. Firefighters are responsible for protecting life and property from loss of fire and emergencies during natural and unnatural disasters. Firefighters are also responsible for the care and maintenance of fire fighting apparatuses, equipment and the fire stations. Firefighters report directly to the Fire Chief or his designee.

How to Apply: The full job description and application can be found HERE.

City’s Website Click HERE


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