Deadline: September 18, 2018
Salary: $59,678 Annually
Champaign Fire Department is currently seeking qualified applicants for Probationary Firefighter. The testing period will begin July 20th, 2018 and must be completed by October 27th, 2018.
Download the complete Testing Information Packet here.
This department requires scanned document uploads of your Driver’s License and High School Diploma or GED certificate. After you create your account, and schedule and pay for testing, you will be able to upload your scanned documents on your account home page.
After completion of the FireTEAM written exam, a $25 fee waiver may be provided to those who provide proof of hardship. Please download and complete our fee waiver form which can be found here. Then scan and submit the form along with your proof of hardship to email@example.com. The waiver must be completed during the initial application process.
*The FireTEAM Practice Test will help you become familiar with the FireTEAM Test Format. Practice tests are available for purchase here.
Salary Information: $59,678; after 1st year $62,729
Ten (10) paid holidays
Personal leave credit of 24 hours each fiscal year
Vacation accrual rates based on years of service with a maximum accumulation of 288 hours
Sick leave accrued at 5.17 hours per pay period in addition to 72 hours of sick leave upon hire
Generous longevity pay based upon completed years of continuous employment with the City
Health insurance paid at 100 percent for employee coverage; 50 percent paid health insurance for dependent coverage
$10,000 term life insurance policy for each full-time employee and the option to purchase an additional life insurance policy through payroll deduction
Participation in the Fire Pension Fund
Option to join Credit Union 1
Option to participate in the City’s deferred compensation 457 Plan administered by the International City Manager’s Association Retirement Corporation (ICMA-RC)
Option to participate in the City’s Flexible Spending Plan (medical, dependent care and adoption expenses)
Option to participate in the City’s dental insurance plan
Option to participate in the City’s vision insurance plan
Uniforms and equipment are provided to all Firefighters. In addition, each non-probationary Firefighter shall be eligible to receive an annual uniform allowance to be used by the Firefighter to dry clean his/her uniform or to purchase additional clothing and equipment
Department Information: The Champaign Fire Department is a full-service career department comprised of more than 100 sworn firefighters covering a jurisdiction of 20 square miles from six stations. The Department serves 86,634 residents plus an additional 40,000 university students, responding to over 8,000 calls annually covering fire, rescue, hazardous materials, medical and large-scale incidents. We are looking for people with a strong desire to serve others and who are committed to maintaining the level of excellence that the Champaign Fire Department has provided for more than 150 years. Making a difference, here to serve you!
City Information: The City of Champaign (pop. 86,634) is a vibrant, prosperous, and diverse community in east-central Illinois. It is the 10th largest city in the state of Illinois and the third largest outside of the Chicago region, conveniently located near Chicago, Indianapolis and St. Louis. At the intersection of education, innovation, and micro-urban living, Champaign offers the appealing combination of small town feel and charm with the cultural and recreational amenities of a major city. Champaign residents are proud of the city’s rich history, ethnic diversity, and a strong sense of tradition.
Population: 86,634 residents and 40,000 university students
Age : Candidates may not be older than 35 by the date of the written examination unless otherwise exempt by state statute. Candidates must be 21 years old by date of hire.
US Citizen : Be a U.S. Citizen or legally authorized to work in the U.S. (Must meet USCIS Form I-9 at time of hire)
High School Grad/GED : High school diploma or equivalent
Academy Certification : If hired, must be certified as a Firefighter II or Basic Firefighter by the State of Illinois by the end of probation.
Valid Drivers License : Required
Necessary Certifications : Proof of completion of the Candidate Physical Abilities Test (CPAT) including Ladder Climb Test with any licensed agency issued no more than 12 months prior to December 31, 2018. Must be uploaded through the NTN candidate account by December 31, 2018.
NOTE: Candidates must register for the CPAT separately at: http://centralillinoisfirechiefs.com/CPAT/CPAT.aspx.
If hired, must be certified as Licensed Illinois or National EMT Basic by the end of probation.
Hiring Process : Oral Board Interviews: Candidates who pass the written examination will be invited to participate in an oral board interview. Oral board interviews will be held November 14 and 15 and candidates will be assigned an interview date/time after successfully passing the written examination.
Preference Points: Candidates will have the ability to claim preference points after oral board interviews by submitting a claim form and all required documents. A maximum of ten (10) preference points may be awarded from five (5) categories:
Veteran’s Preference Points – Those candidates who engaged in the military services for the United States for a period of at least one year of active duty and who were honorably discharged therefrom, or who are now or have been members on inactive or reserve duty in such military or naval service, shall be awarded five (5) veteran’s preference points.
Education Preference Points – Three (3) preference points for an Associate’s Degree or 60 college credit hours from an accredited college or university
Five (5) preference points for any Bachelor’s Degree or Associate’s Degree in Fire Science
Residency Preference Points – Those candidates who live within Champaign city limits and provide: valid driver’s license or government issued ID AND voter’s registration card, current lease agreement, Champaign Public Library card, or real estate tax bill with homestead exemption shall be awarded five (5) preference points.
Paramedic Preference Points – Candidates who have a current valid paramedic’s license shall be awarded three (3) preference points.
Explorer Post Preference Points – Candidates who have been an active charter member of the Champaign Explorer Post for two (2) consecutive years shall be awarded two (2) preference points.
Adult Explorer Pilot Program Preference Points – Candidates who completed all mandatory sessions of the Champaign Adult Explorer Pilot Program shall be awarded five (5) preference points. (The program started June 2018).
Candidates will have ten (10) days to submit all required documentation. Preference point instructions will be provided to qualifying candidates prior to the beginning of the 10-day window.
Felony, Criminal Activity Disqualifiers : No felony convictions and no misdemeanors related to fire/arson.
Optional Recruitment Information Sessions : Persons interested in learning more about the Champaign Fire Department, the position of firefighter, and the testing process are invited to attend an optional recruitment information session on one of the following dates.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 14, 2018 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. – OR –
SATURDAY, AUGUST 18, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. – noon
Both sessions will be held at Fire Station One, 307 S Randolph St., Champaign. Spouses/significant others are encouraged to attend.
How to Apply: The full job description and application can be found HERE.