Firefighter: Galesburg Illinois Deadline September 20, 2016



Deadline: September 20, 2016

Salary: $16.51 Per Hour

Job Description:

The Galesburg Fire Department is recruiting interested candidates to apply for the position of Firefighter. This bargaining unit position works 106 hours per each bi-weekly shift schedule, and is paid a current starting rate of $16.51 per hour, plus excellent fringe benefits which include paid leave, health insurance and pension.


Working under direct supervision, a Firefighter combats and extinguishes fires; protects life and property through firefighting activities and the performance of hazardous tasks under emergency conditions and stress; participates in a program of emergency medical services; assists in the routine maintenance of department vehicles, apparatus, equipment and physical facilities; receives training in methods and techniques related to firefighting; participates in the fire prevention and protection program.


  •  Responds to fire alarms; uses fire extinguishers, forcible entry tools and ladders to extinguish and or prevent the spread of fire and protect lives and property.
  •  Ventilates buildings, carries and maneuvers hose lines and directs water streams; conducts search and rescue inside buildings under fire conditions, may evacuate individuals from the fire and administer first aid to fire victims; participates in salvage and overhaul of equipment.
  •  Drives and operates a pumper, ladder truck, rescue truck; determines and takes most rapid route to the scene of the fire; positions truck, operate truck controls to regulate pressure and amount of water flow or assure optimum of utilization of aerial ladders; distributes equipment from the truck to other firefighters; assists and supervises the reloading of the truck.
  •  Connects hydrant to pumper truck; turns on hydrant, lays hose lines as directed, checks couplings, and straightens hose.
  •  Performs emergency rescue and provides emergency medical treatment in life- threatening situations, including fires, accidents and illnesses; gives necessary immediate treatment to distress victims using lifesaving equipment; assures hospital and or ambulance is contacted as required; may drive ambulance.
  •  Performs duties as an Emergency Medical Technician.
  •  Receives continuous training in firefighting methods, techniques and equipment participates in critique of firefighting operations after major fires;participates in the review of pre-fire plans for schools, nursing homes and hospitals.
  • Maintains and performs minor repairs of firefighting equipment, vehicles and apparatus.
  • Participates in home awareness programs and Fire Prevention Week; provides tours of the firehouse; gives speeches to civic and school groups and interprets fire programs to community groups; may act as historian at the fire station.
  • Prepares records and reports such as fire reports and equipment records; provides guidance, instruction and training to other firefighters; may assist Training Officers required.
  • Cleans and maintains fire station facilities.


Must meet the following requirements of the City of Galesburg Fire and Fire Commission:

AGE: Applicants must be under the age of 35, but at least 20 years of age to test, and be 21 years of age at the time of appointment.
DRIVER’S LICENSE: Applicants must possess a valid motor vehicle operator’s license. EDUCATION: A High School diploma (or G.E.D.).

PHYSICAL APTITUDE: Must provide a current Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) certification or be able to pass a City administered Physical Aptitude Test. All candidates must successfully complete a ladder climb test or provide certified documentation of same.
MORAL CHARACTER: Be of good moral character as confirmed by a complete and thorough background investigation, polygraph and psychological examinations.

CITIZENSHIP: Applicants must be a U. S. Citizen.


All applicants must first complete the online application located at the City’s website:

To receive proper consideration, applications should be submitted electronically as soon as possible and in any event, must be received prior to the close of business on September 20, 2016. The tentative examination date is currently set for September 24, 2016, but note that this date may be subject to change. The exact time, date and location of examination will be set by the Board, published in the newspaper, and qualified applicants will be notified by email of their acceptance and the precise date and time of their examination.

The selection process involves a series of tests, evaluations and examinations that will include: Orientation, Physical Aptitude Test, Written Test, Oral Test, Polygraph Test, Background Investigation, Psychological Examination and a Medical Examination that includes a screen for common drugs of abuse. Applicants are required to furnish copies of the following documents at time of application: Social Security Card, Birth Certificate, High School Diploma or G.E.D. Applicants desiring to apply for preference points are required to furnish the applicable documents which may include: Military Service Record DD 214, Discharge papers and/or a certified transcript of course work from an accredited College or University. CPAT and Ladder Test certifications must be supplied prior to the Physical Aptitude Test as well.

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

City’s Website Click HERE


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