Firefighter: South Bend Indiana Deadline April 1, 2016

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Deadline: April 1, 2016

Salary: $38,146 – $54,268 Annually

Job Description:


The dedicated professionals of the South Bend Fire Department are committed to providing excellence in professional emergency services. We serve a diverse population of approximately 101,000 permanent citizens and provide mutual aid response to the University of Notre Dame, the City of Mishawaka, and other areas of St. Joseph County.

SBFD personnel train and work to provide the best emergency services available. We strive to meet every challenge with professionalism, integrity, and accountability, and we will set the standard for others in our field. We provide competent and compassionate care to those in need.

The SBFD has a state-of-the-art training center. This facility gives members of the department a space in which to train in both the classroom and practical skills settings. This allows SBFD personnel to continue their education, skill levels, and maintain certifications and licensing.

The SBFD staffs 11 engine companies, 4 ladder companies, 1 Rescue unit, and 7 ALS ambulances at 11 fire stations in the city.

Our Advanced Life Support ambulances are staffed with EMT’s and paramedics. We work closely with Medical Directors from 2 area hospitals to provide the most current, evidence-based EMS care available. All SBFD personnel are trained to provide EMS service and fire crews respond as first responders to EMS calls.

The SBFD provides training courses in firefighting, EMS, swift water rescue, diving, hazardous materials response, confined space and technical rescue, and color guard.


Basic Eligibility Requirements

* Must be legally authorized to work in the United States.

* Must be at least 18 years of age, but not yet 36 years of age when sworn in as a firefighter.

* Must be a high school graduate, as evidenced by a transcript issued by an accredited high school. An achievement test certificate from an accredited high school or State Board of education is acceptable.

* Must possess a valid unrestricted driver’s license.

* Must be willing, if appointed, to reside within St. Joseph County or an adjoining county in Indiana.

Copies of the Following Documents Are Required

* DD214 (Armed Services Discharge).

* Birth certificate.

* Valid driver’s license.

Selection Process

* Written Test.

* Candidate Physical Ability Test.

* Oral Interview Board.

* Background investigation.

* Polygraph investigation.

* MMPI and psychological examination.

* Pension (PERF) physical examination.

Factors that Result in Automatic Rejection

* Felony conviction.

* Domestic violence conviction.

* Other than marijuana, illegal drug usage in the last 5 years.

* Drug selling.

* Dishonorable discharge from military.

* DUI or OWI conviction in past 5 years.

Factors that Decrease Employment Consideration

* Involvement in criminal activity.

* Misdemeanor convictions.

* Documented evidence of domestic violence.

* Military rejection or early discharge for reason/concern.

* Marijuana usage in the last year.

* Illegal acts.

* Past job problems or firings.

***AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service alumni who meet the required qualifications are encouraged to apply.***


The City of South Bend is located in north central Indiana, approximately 90 miles east of Chicago. With a population of 101,168, South Bend is the economic, educational, media, and cultural hub of Michiana, a multicounty region spanning the Michigan-Indiana border. Organized as a town in 1835 and incorporated as a city in 1865, South Bend grew as a major manufacturing center, with major employers including the Studebaker Corporation, the Oliver Chilled Plow Company, the Singer Manufacturing Company, and the Bendix Corporation. With the decline of heavy industry in the second half of the twentieth century, South Bend began to reposition itself as a center for smaller scale manufacturing, transportation/distribution-related industry, medical services, and education. One of several local colleges and universities, the University of Notre Dame was founded in 1842 on the City’s northeast edge.

***AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service alumni who meet the required qualifications are encouraged to apply.***

EOE STATEMENTWe are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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

City’s Website Click HERE


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