Entry-Level Firefighter/EMT – Chatham Fire Protection District – Deadline March 16, 2015

Application Process

Entry-level Firefighter / EMT for the Chatham Community Fire Protection District

Application here

February 21, 2015

Please read the following information carefully and completely.

Dear Candidate:

Thank you for your interest in the Chatham Community Fire Protection District. It is the responsibility of each candidate to read, know, and understand the contents of this application packet and the application process.

Candidates must provide two (2) forms of valid identification, of which, one (1) must be a photo identification, in order to participate in all of the steps in our selection process.

This is entirely the responsibility of each candidate. Failure of a candidate to possess and show staff a valid picture ID will lead to elimination from participating in the selection process.

Process:
(1) The application period is from February 21, 2015 through March 16, 2015.

Application Deadline:

All applications MUST be received by the Board of Fire Commissioners at the Chatham Community Fire Department located at # 1 Fireman Square, Chatham, Illinois 62629-1378, on March 16, 2015 by 4:00 p.m. NO EXCEPTIONS. For all inquiries, you may reach the Board of Fire Commissioners at telephone (217) 483-2121; fax (217) 483-4411; e-mail: chathamfiredept@cfd-il.com

(2) For Entry-level Firefighter / EMT testing with the Chatham Community Fire Protection District, a valid Candidate Physical Abilities Test (CPAT) card including confirmation of the successful completion of the Ladder Climb test, issued within the last 12 months prior the date of the Mandatory Orientation session on March 28, 2015 is required.

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CPAT is the term used to describe a Pass / Fail, physical ability test developed by the International Association of Firefighters and the International Association of Fire Chiefs. As a standardized test, it has become a method of assisting fire departments in recruiting those who are physically capable of performing the tasks associated with firefighting. It is a reliable measure of the candidate’s ability to carry out fire scene activities. The tasks include:

Stair Climb

Equipment Carry

Hose Drag

Forcible Entry

Search

Ladder Climb / Extension

Rescue Drag

Ceiling Breach and Pull

This process can take up to eight (8) weeks to complete and the candidate is responsible for the cost to obtain a CPAT card which is valid for one year from date of issue.

Facilities which provide the CPAT test are the Central Illinois Fire Chiefs Association (CIFCA) facility located in Decatur, IL; Northeastern Illinois Public Safety Training Academy (NIPSTA); or the Southwestern United Fire District (SUFD). To register and to obtain information about their dates and fees, contact Central Illinois Fire Chiefs (CIFC) at www.centralillinoisfirechiefs.com or (217) 433-8629; NIPSTA at www.nipsta.org or (847) 998- 8090; or SUFD at www.sufd.org or (630) 910-2087.

CPAT success is measured on a pass/fail basis. You will be deemed ineligible to apply for the entry-level firefighter exam if you fail to provide documentation of the successful completion of the CPAT and the Ladder Climb test in addition to any other documents required in this application packet.

(3) A Mandatory Orientation session will be held on March 28, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. at the Chatham Fire Department located at # 1 Fireman Square, Chatham, Illinois. Two guests are allowed. The location is subject to change and notification of a change will be done by mail.

(4) The Mandatory Written Examination will be held on April 25, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. at the Chatham Fire Department located at # 1 Fireman Square, Chatham, Illinois. Candidates must pass the written test to proceed to the oral interview. The location is subject to change and notification of a change will be done by mail.

(5) The Mandatory Oral Examination will be conducted from June 10 – 12, 2015 at the Chatham Fire Department, #1 Fireman Square, Chatham, Illinois. You will be notified by mail of your examination time and date. Each candidate will receive notification of his or her assigned Oral Examination date and time.

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APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

You must furnish with the completed application:

  •   a copy of your Birth Certificate,
  •   a copy of your High School Diploma or G.E.D Certificate;
  •   if relevant, a copy of your College or University Degree;
  •   if relevant, a copy of your Military Service Record, and/or Discharge Papers (DD214);
  •   a copy of your Driver’s License;
  •   a copy of your current Illinois Department of Public Health Emergency MedicalTechnician – Paramedic license;
  •   a copy of your current Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support card;
  •   a copy of your current Prehospital Trauma Life Support card;
  •   a copy of your current Pediatric Advanced Life Support card;
  •   a copy of your current American Heart Association Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation(CPR) card; and
  •   a valid Candidate Physical Abilities Test (CPAT) card.You must also return with the application (These items are contained within the Application Packet):

     the Receipt and Authorization for Release of Criminal History Record Check form;  the Authorization for Employment Verification form;
     the Authorization For Release Of Personal Information form;
     the Residency Requirements Understanding form;

     the Paramedic Licensure Understanding form;
     the Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support Understanding form;
     the Prehospital Trauma Life Support Understanding form;
     the Pediatrics Advanced Life Support Understanding form;
     the American Heart Association CPR Understanding form.
     the Office of State Fire Marshal (OSFM) certified Firefighter II Understanding form; and  the OSFM certified Technical Rescue Awareness Understanding form.

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At the time of application, you:

  •   must be a minimum of an Emergency Medical Technician – Paramedic (EMT-P) licensed by the State of Illinois Department of Public Health; and must sign a form provided by the District that evidences:
    i) your understanding that maintaining this license (EMT-P) is acondition of permanent post-probationary employment;
  •   must sign a form provided by the District that evidences:
    1. i)  your intention to become a OFSM certified Illinois Firefighter II (OSFM FF II) within the one-year probation period after hire, or
    2. ii)  that you are an OSFM Illinois Firefighter II, and
    3. iii)  your understanding that obtaining this OFSM certified IllinoisFirefighter II (OSFM FF II) certification is a condition of permanent

      post-probationary employment;

  •   must sign a form provided by the District that evidences:
    1. iv)  your intention to be certified in Technical Rescue Awareness (TRA) by OSFM within the one-year probation period after hire, or
    2. v)  that you have an OSFM Illinois Technical Rescue Awareness certification, and
    3. vi)  your understanding that obtaining this OFSM Illinois Technical Rescue Awareness certification is a condition of permanent post- probationary employment;
  •   must have a current Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS); and must sign a form provided by the District that evidences:

i) your understanding that maintaining a current card is a condition of

permanent post-probationary employment;
 must have a current Prehospital Trauma Life Support Card (PHTLS); and

must sign a form provided by the District that evidences:
i) your understanding that maintaining a current card is a condition of

permanent post-probationary employment;

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 must have a current Pediatrics Advanced Life Support (PALS); and must sign a form provided by the District that evidences:
i) your understanding that maintaining a current card is a condition of

permanent post-probationary employment;
 must have a current American Heart Association CPR card; and must sign

a form provided by the District that evidences:
i) your understanding that maintaining a current card is a condition of

permanent post-probationary employment;

  •   must have a valid Candidate Physical Abilities Test (CPAT) card;
  •   must be a U.S. Citizen;
  •   must possess a high school diploma or Equivalency Certificate (GED);
  •   must be between 21 and 34 years of age at the time of application;
  •   must maintain a valid State of Illinois driver’s license; and
  •   must have no felony convictions or certain misdemeanors (criminaloffenses 720 ILCS 5/ Criminal Code of 1961).
  •   No offensive and/or inappropriate visible tattoos. Refer to ChathamCommunity FireDepartment Guideline 8001.
  •   must have vision correctable to 20/20 with no monochromatic colorblindness

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