Deadline: April 15, 2016
Salary: $60,863.00 – $81,120.00 Annually
The City of Elgin is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Firefighter/Paramedic.Â Elgin is aÂ community with a population over 108,000 operating under a City Manager form of government.
Â ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS/TYPICAL TASKS:
1Â Essential functions â€“ Provide an all-hazards emergency response for but not limited to fire, emergency medical services (EMS), hazardous materials, water rescue & recovery, technical rescue, and natural & man made disasters.
2Â Typical tasks â€“ when not responding to emergencies include but not limited to daily training & education, tool & equipment maintenance, public education including fire & life safety, CPR, and first aid, business safety surveys, and fire investigation.
To apply for the position follow steps below:
1Â Ensure that you meet the minimum requirements of the position
2Â Submit an application with the City of Elgin by clicking on “Apply” at the top of this posting
3Â Attach all required documents to this application
4Â The City of Elgin will issue you a $10.00 voucher code to discount the cost of the written test through National Testing Network. Â The voucher code will be sent to the email you provide with your application within 48-72 hours of submitting your application.
1Â Schedule the written test with National Testing Network – scheduling information listed below
2Â Fill out an application with National Testing Network and take the written test on the date you have chosen
1Â Notification will be sent to you by April 22, 2016 to inform youÂ whether or not you will be advancing to the next stage of the process.
â€¢Â Be sure that you fill out an application with the City of Elgin AND NationalÂ Testing Network, as well as schedule your written exam.
Requirements for the position
Candidates mustÂ meet and submit the following required documentation by the application deadline of April 15, 2016:
â€¢ Copy of birth certificate / Naturalization papers if born outside of US
Candidates may not be older than 35 by April 15, 2016, unless:
previous employment as a fulltime firefighter in a municipality or FPD.
Candidate may be older than 35 years if they have served in the military while theÂ age of 35 with an honorable discharge and is no older than 40 years old by April 15, 2016.
Candidates must be 21 years old by April 15, 2016, unless:
May beÂ 19 years or older and have not less than 3 years participation in the ElginÂ Fire Cadet Academy or Elgin Police Explorer Program and 100 hours of volunteer time in the Academy or ExplorerÂ program.Â You may be placed onÂ the eligibility list, but shall not be appointed until you have reached the age of 21.
Candidates must beÂ citizens of the United States or an alien admitted for permanent residence or lawfully admitted for temporary residence who can produce evidence of intention to become a citizen of the United States.
â€¢Â Copy of a valid driver’s license
â€¢Â Must meet one of the following requirements:
College transcript that
Shows proof of a minimum of 60 semester hours of college credit and be from an accredited college/university
Not less than 3 years of active duty military experience
Not less than 3 years of service as a full-time employee and current employment with the City of Elgin
May beÂ 19 years or older and have not less than 3 years participation in the ElginÂ Fire Cadet Academy or Elgin Police Explorer Program and 100 hours of volunteer time in the Academy or ExplorerÂ program.
â€¢Â Copy of Military Separation papers (DD 214), if applicable
â€¢Â Copy of valid Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) card and Ladder Certification dated between February 23, 2015 and April 10, 2016
â€¢Â Copy of Illinois Department of Public Health EMT- Basic licenseÂ or EMT -Â Paramedic license
*Â Five additional points will be given on the eligibility list to those candidates that have completed a minimum of two (2) years at the Elgin Fire Cadet Academy
*Â Five additional points will be given on the eligibility list for being a resident within the geographic boundaries of the City of Elgin for a period of not less than one (1) year prior to the awarding of points.
*Â Five additional points will be given on the eligibility list to those candidates who haveÂ 1 or more years ofÂ active duty military experience with an honorable discharge.
*Â Up to five additional points will be given on the eligibility list to those candidates who have served asÂ aÂ Firefighter II,Â Firefighter III, or licensed paramedicÂ for a municipality or fire protection district, based on the requirements set forth in Illinois Compiled Statutes 65 ILCS 5/10-2.1-6.3
The City of Elgin administers our written testÂ through National Testing Network, Inc.Â You must fill out an application and schedule a test through National Testing Network by going to www.nationaltestingnetwork.com, selecting “FirefighterÂ Jobs”Â and signing up for the City of Elgin under “Illinois”.
What you will do on theÂ www.nationaltestingnetwork.com website:
1Â Complete an application
2Â Review and confirmÂ once again the information and minimum requirements forÂ the City of ElginÂ firefighter position
3Â Find detailed information about the testing process for the written test
4Â Schedule your own test time and locationÂ that are convenient for you.Â Available dates for the test are listed under each of the different testing sites.Â Â The last day to take a test to qualify for the City of Elgin position is April 15, 2016.
5Â The fee for the the test is $50.00. Â Submit your voucher code at the time of payment to reduce the cost to $40.00. The voucher is only good toward scheduling a test with the City of Elgin. Â If it is not used prior to payment you will be responsible for the entire amount of the test.The City will not retroactively reimburse the $10.00 credit.
6Â You will have the opportunity to takeÂ an online practice test at www.fireteamtest.comÂ for an additionalÂ fee,Â if you choose
Upon completion of the written test, all candidate scores are automatically forwarded to the City of Elgin.Â Candidates whoÂ are one of the top 60Â candidates scoring at or above the median scoreÂ ofÂ the written exam will be scheduled for an oral interview.
The top 50 candidates who successfully pass the written examination will be subject to a background investigation which could consist of the following:Â Â complete criminal history check at the national, state and local level; complete traffic history at the state and local level; review of employment history with prior employers and possibly current employer; verification of military status (if applicable); personal/phone interviews with personal references.
Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT)
CPAT cards can be obtainedÂ from NIPSTA (Northeastern Illinois Public Safety Training Academy) or SUFD (Southwest United Fire District) and must be dated between February 23, 2015 andÂ April 10, 2016.
The current schedule of CPAT classesÂ being conducted at NIPSTA are February 27, 2016, March 12 & 26, 2016 and April 9, 2016Â
Contact NIPSTA for more information:
2300 Patriot Boulevard
Glenview, IL 60026
CPAT classesÂ are also being conducted at Southwest United Fire District (SUFD)Â They have multiple dates leading up to April 8, 2016.Â Contact them for a complete schedule at:
7060 Wolf Road
La Grange, ILÂ 60525
Conditions of Continued Employment:Â Applicant must satisfactorily complete the 12 month probationary period, be certified as a Firefighter II and pass the Elgin Fire Department one (1) year operational proficiency exam.Â At the Fire Chief’s discretion, the applicant must be able to be licensed through the State of Illinois as an Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic and be able to continue to maintain that license.
How to Apply: The full job description and application can be found HERE.