Firefighter/Paramedic: Rockford Illinois Deadline: March 17, 2019

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Deadline: March 17, 2019

Salary: $51,486.04 Annually

Job Description:


This is a posting for a Full Time Firefighter/Paramedic Position with The Rockford Department. The City of Rockford is looking for individuals who represent the diversity in thought and experiences which are shared by our citizens. Candidates must have strong written and communication skills. Candidates should possess good interpersonal skills, common sense and have the ability to problem solve in stressful situations.

Job Description

A comprehensive list of a firefighters duties is not possible, but firefighters working within the Rockford Fire Department perform some of the following functions:

-Engages directly in fire fighting, fire prevention and emergency medical service.

– Make sound decisions using knowledge, training and experience.

– Positively interact with our community.

– Employees occupying positions in this class are responsible for for the conservation of life and the protection of property through fire suppression, prevention, and emergency response.

-Responds to all types of rescue, fire suppression, medical and non-medical emergency calls and implements actions required to save lives and protect property.

-Participates in continuing education by studying, training, and drilling to achieve and maintain skills and knowledge.

– Participates in regular fitness program to maintain adequate health and physical strength.

-Supports and assists in the achievement of the goals and objectives of the Department.

-Candidates DO NOT need to possess a Paramedic License to test or be hired. However, once hired, candidates will be sent by the Rockford Fire Department to complete Paramedic School. It is mandatory that all candidates will successfully obtain certification as a Paramedic.

Minimum Qualifications

Driver’s License: An applicant shall possess a valid driver’s license at the time of hire. At the conclusion of recruit training, the recruit must possess a valid ILLINOIS driver’s license with a Class B, Non-CDL Permit. At the conclusion of one-year probation, the recruit must possess a valid ILLINOIS Class B, Non-CDL driver’s license.

Education: An applicant must have a high school diploma or have attained a general equivalency diploma (GED).

Citizenship: Applicants for examination must be U.S. Citizens or those individuals who meet the criteria set forth in 8 U.S.C. Section 1324B, prior to the final date for filing applications.

Vision: An applicant shall have vision correctable to 20/20 in each eye upon time of hire.

Arrest Record: An applicant must not have any felony convictions nor have been convicted of certain misdemeanors. A list of some disqualifications appears at RockfordIL.Gov/Fire under Fire Recruiting.

Residency: Winnebago County, or within fifteen (15) mile radius of the Public Safety Building (PSB) upon completion of probation.

Minimum Age: No individual may be appointed as a sworn member of the Fire Department until he or she has passed his or her twenty first (21st) birthday.

Maximum Age: Applicants for the position in the Fire Department MUST NOT HAVE PASSED THEIR 35TH Birthday as of the closing date for accepting applications. Currently, Paragraph 10-2.1-6.3 of the Act provides that the age limitation does not apply (1) to any person previously employed as a full-time firefighter in a regularly constituted fire department of (a) any municipality or fire protection district in Illinois (b) a fire protection district whose obligations were assumed by a municipality under section 21 of the Fire Protection District Act, or (c) a municipality whose obligations were taken over by a fire protection district. The age limitation also does not apply to any person who has served a municipality as regularly enrolled volunteer, paid on call, or part time firefighter for the 5 years immediately preceding the time that the municipality begins to use full-time firefighters to provide all or part of its fire protection service.

Except as otherwise provided by Paragraph 10-2.1-6.3 of the Act, no person who has attained the age of 35 or more years shall be inducted as a member of the Fire Department. Paragraph 10-2.1-6.3 provides that if a person is placed on an eligibility list and becomes over the age before he or she is appointed to the Fire Department, the person will remain eligible for appointment until the list is abolished, or until his or her name has been on the list for a period of 2 years.


The Commission may refuse to examine , or refuse to certify as eligible, any applicant:

(a) Who is found lacking in any of the established preliminary requirements for the service for which he or she applies, including those requirements set forth in the Act and these Rules and Regulations.

(b) Who uses illegal drugs or abuses prescription drugs or alcohol.

(c) Who has been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor as defined by Paragraph 10-2.1-6.3 of the Act, as amended from time to time.

(d) Who has been dismissed from any public service for a good cause.

(e) Who has attempted to practice any deception or fraud in his or her application, examinations or interview.

(f) Whose character or employment history are unsatisfactory.

(g) Who does not possess a high school diploma or it’s equivalent.

Any applicant deemed disqualified hereunder shall be notified by the Commission.


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


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