Firefighter: Mt. Vernon Illinois Deadline: September 23, 2016

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Deadline: September 23, 2016

Salary: $51,000 Annually

Job Description:

The Fire and Police Commission of the City of Mt. Vernon is compiling a current eligibility list for the position of Firefighter, from which list future hires may be made.

Below is an outline of the various points that you should know about the position of Firefighter with the City of Mt. Vernon.

Please read the items over carefully so that there will be no misunderstanding of what you can expect and what will be expected of you.



The starting salary is approximately $51,000 annually (including holiday pay) with step increases.


The City pays 100% of its employees’ health insurance premiums. The employee, if he or she chooses, may obtain dependent coverage for full family, spouse only or children only. The City is self-insured through HealthLink with Key Benefit Administrators as their third party administrator.

Vacation earned is as follows:

Two (2) weeks (five shifts) after one (1) year of service
Three (3) weeks (seven shifts) after seven (7) years of service Four (4) weeks (ten shifts) after twelve (12) years of service


After the first year the employee will earn:

Two (2) Personal Days off per calendar year.
Two (2) Perfect Attendance Days off if no sick leave the prior year.
One (1) No Accident Day off, if no avoidable accident occurred the prior year.
One (1) Birthday off yearly, same year as hire.


The Firefighter position is that of no holidays off. Realizing this fact, the City will pay one hundred forty-four (144) hours of holiday pay annually to be paid bi- weekly above the base pay.


Twelve (12) hours of sick leave will be earned for each full month of employment, up to a maximum total of fifteen hundred (1500) hours. Additional sick leave time is earned for perfect attendance each year.


Firefighters work twenty-four (24) hour shifts, with forty-eight (48) hours off between each twenty-four (24) hour shift.


All Firefighters are required to be or become EMT-Paramedics. The City of Mt. Vernon will pay for tuition and textbooks at Rend Lake College to receive your EMT-Basic license, if you do not already have, and thereafter, the EMT- Paramedic license.


Firefighters are required to reside within Jefferson County within six (6) months from date of hire.


  1. All testing is mandatory. Applicants will be required to provide driver’s license for admittance to any part of the procedure. Applicants shall further be required to sign in at all testing procedures. Failure to attend any part of the procedure shall result in the disqualification of the Applicant.
  2. Physical agility test.
  3. Written examination.
  4. Written test will be given only to Applicants who have passed the physical agility test.
  5. Oral interviews are given to Applicants who have passed all previous tests. The number of interviews held is determined by the Fire and Police Commission.
  6. Applications must be returned to the Mt. Vernon Fire Department, 714 South 42nd Street, P. O. Box 1708, Mt. Vernon, IL 62864, or if returned by mail, postmarked by September 23, 2016. Failure to do so will disqualify Applicant.
  7. Thorough background investigation will be made on all Applicants. Applicants shall be required to sign document authorizing release of all background information to the Fire and Police Commission.
  8. When returning your application, please bring or include the following:
    1. (1)  Copy of birth certificate.
    2. (2)  Copy of high school diploma or G.E.D. certificate.
    3. (3)  Copies or proof of previous firefighter and/or EMT experience andcertificates (if applicable).
    4. (4)  The signed waivers and release forms.
    5. (5)  Original medical release – completed.
    6. (6)  Any additional information or resume (optional).

Note: None of the above items will be returned to you so please send copies.

9. Applicants must be at least twenty-one (21) years of age on the test date, but under thirty-    five (35) years of age on the test date, or meet Illinois Public Act 097-0251 previous employment requirements.

  1. All Applicants listed on eligibility list will be subject to medical examination and in-depth physiological examination.
  2. Applicant must be U.S. citizen.
  3. Applicant must possess valid driver’s license. Bring driver’s license to both physical agility test location and written test location for identification purposes.
  4. No correspondence acknowledging that your application was received will be sent to you prior to testing date.
  5. Incomplete applications shall be rejected and disqualify candidate from testing. Final decision on rejections and disqualifications will be made by 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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