Firefighter/Paramedic: Elgin Illinois Deadline: April 15, 2016

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Deadline: April 15, 2016

Salary: $60,863.00 – $81,120.00 Annually

Job Description:

The City of Elgin is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Firefighter/Paramedic.  Elgin is a community with a population over 108,000 operating under a City Manager form of government.


1  Essential functions – 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.

2  Typical tasks – 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:


1  Ensure that you meet the minimum requirements of the position

2  Submit an application with the City of Elgin by clicking on “Apply” at the top of this posting

3  Attach all required documents to this application

4  The City of Elgin will issue you a $10.00 voucher code to discount the cost of the written test through National Testing Network.  The voucher code will be sent to the email you provide with your application within 48-72 hours of submitting your application.


1  Schedule the written test with National Testing Network – scheduling information listed below

2  Fill out an application with National Testing Network and take the written test on the date you have chosen


1  Notification will be sent to you by April 22, 2016 to inform you whether or not you will be advancing to the next stage of the process.

• Be sure that you fill out an application with the City of Elgin AND National Testing Network, as well as schedule your written exam.


Requirements for the position

Candidates must meet and submit the following required documentation by the application deadline of April 15, 2016:

• 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 the 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 be 19 years or older and have not less than 3 years participation in the Elgin Fire Cadet Academy or Elgin Police Explorer Program and 100 hours of volunteer time in the Academy or Explorer program.  You may be placed on the eligibility list, but shall not be appointed until you have reached the age of 21.

Candidates must be 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.

• Copy of a valid driver’s license

• 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 be 19 years or older and have not less than 3 years participation in the Elgin Fire Cadet Academy or Elgin Police Explorer Program and 100 hours of volunteer time in the Academy or Explorer program.

• Copy of Military Separation papers (DD 214), if applicable

• Copy of valid Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) card and Ladder Certification dated between February 23, 2015 and April 10, 2016

• Copy of Illinois Department of Public Health EMT- Basic license or EMT - Paramedic license

* 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

* 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.

*  Five additional points will be given on the eligibility list to those candidates who have 1 or more years of active duty military experience with an honorable discharge.

* Up to five additional points will be given on the eligibility list to those candidates who have served as a Firefighter II, Firefighter III, or licensed paramedic 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

Written Examination

The City of Elgin administers our written test through National Testing Network, Inc.  You must fill out an application and schedule a test through National Testing Network by going to, selecting “Firefighter Jobs” and signing up for the City of Elgin under “Illinois”.

What you will do on the website:

1  Complete an application

2  Review and confirm once again the information and minimum requirements for the City of Elgin firefighter position

3  Find detailed information about the testing process for the written test

4  Schedule your own test time and location that are convenient for you.  Available dates for the test are listed under each of the different testing sites.  The last day to take a test to qualify for the City of Elgin position is April 15, 2016.

5  The fee for the the test is $50.00.  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.  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.

6  You will have the opportunity to take an online practice test at  for an additional fee, if you choose

Upon completion of the written test, all candidate scores are automatically forwarded to the City of Elgin.  Candidates who are one of the top 60 candidates scoring at or above the median score of the written exam will be scheduled for an oral interview.

Background Investigation

The top 50 candidates who successfully pass the written examination will be subject to a background investigation which could consist of the following:   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 obtained from NIPSTA (Northeastern Illinois Public Safety Training Academy) or SUFD (Southwest United Fire District) and must be dated between February 23, 2015 and April 10, 2016.

The current schedule of CPAT classes being conducted at NIPSTA are February 27, 2016, March 12 & 26, 2016 and April 9, 2016 

Contact NIPSTA for more information:

2300 Patriot Boulevard

Glenview, IL 60026

Phone:  847-998-8090

Fax:  847-998-8091

CPAT classes are also being conducted at Southwest United Fire District (SUFD)  They have multiple dates leading up to April 8, 2016.  Contact them for a complete schedule at:

7060 Wolf Road

La Grange, IL 60525

Phone:  708-579-2064

Conditions of Continued Employment:  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. 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.

City’s Website Click HERE


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