Springfield Illinois Fire Department Releases Information on 2015 Hiring Process

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***The Springfield Illinois Fire Department has posted an update for their 2015 hiring process. No date has been given yet for application deadline or where to apply. More info to come when this position opens up. Stay tuned!
NOTE: The City of Springfield Office of Human Resources does not coordinate CPAT testing. To register and to obtain information about dates and fees, contact the Central Illinois Fire Chiefs through the Decatur Fire Department at TJackson@decaturil.gov.
The website is centralillinoisfirechiefs.com/Cpat


  • US Citizenship
  • Minimum age is 21 years old on the date of the written examination
  • Maximum age is 34 years old (unless applicant meets one of the exemptions listed under 65 ILCS 5/10-2.1.6) on the date of the written exam.

(65 ILCS 5/ Ch. 24, par. 10-2.1-6)
Sec. 10-2.1-6 Examination of applicants; disqualifications.

(a) All applicants for a position in either the fire or police department of the municipality shall be under 35 years of age, shall be subject to an examination that shall be public, competitive, and open to all applicants (unless the council or board of trustees by ordinance limit applicants to electors of the municipality, county, state or nation) and shall be subject to reasonable limitations as to residence, health, habits, and moral character. The municipality may not charge or collect any fee from an applicant who has met all prequalification standards established by the municipality for any such position. With respect to a police department, a veteran shall be allowed to exceed the maximum age provision of this Section by the number of years served on active military duty, but by no more than 10 years of active military duty.

(d) The age limitation in subsection (a) does not apply (i) to any person previously employed as a policeman or fireman in a regularly constituted police or fire department of (I) any municipality, regardless of whether the municipality is located in Illinois or in another state, or (II) a fire protection district whose obligations were assumed by a municipality under Section 21 of the Fire Protection District Act, (ii) to any person who has served a municipality as a regularly enrolled volunteer fireman for 5 years immediately preceding the time that municipality begins to use full time firemen to provide all or part of its fire protection service, or (iii) to any person who has served as an auxiliary police officer under Section 3.1 30 20 for at least 5 years and is under 40 years of age, (iv) to any person who has served as a deputy under Section 3 6008 of the Counties Code and otherwise meets necessary training requirements, or (v) to any person who has served as a sworn officer as a member of the Illinois Department of State Police. 

  • Birth Certificate or Birth Record
  • High School Diploma, GED (General Education Diploma), or Official High School Transcript that shows a graduation date in a sealed envelope (mailed or hand delivered to Human Resources)
  • Valid Illinois Driver’s License at time of hire
  • Vision correctable to 20/20 with no monochromatic color blindness
  •  No felony convictions. NOTE: Some convictions for misdemeanors or serious traffic offenses may also disqualify applicants from further consideration.
  • Valid Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) card including ladder climb. A copy of the applicant’s valid Candidate Physical Abilities Test (CPAT) card, including confirmation of the successful completion of the Ladder Climb test, issued within the last 12 months before the written examination date must be submitted with the application. CPAT and Ladder Climb tests are given by the Central Illinois Fire Chiefs (CIFC) facility located in Decatur, the Northeastern Illinois Public Safety Training Academy (NIPSTA) or the Southwestern United Fire District (SUFD). To register and to obtain information about dates and fees, contact CIFC at 217-424-2811 centralillinoisfirechiefs.com/Cpat; NIPSTA at www.nipsta.org or 847-998-8090; or SUFD at www.sufd.org or 630-910-2087. The CPAT consists of eight critical physical tasks that simulate actual job duties. The CPAT requires firefighter candidates to engage in the following activities:
    • Stair Climb
    • Hose Drag
    • Equipment Carry
    • Ladder Raise and Extension
    • Forcible Entry
    • Search
    • Rescue
    • Ceiling Breach & Pull
  • Candidate success is measured on a pass/fail basis. Failure to provide documentation of the successful completion of the CPAT and the Ladder Climb test will result in disqualification from the testing process. No offensive and/or inappropriate visible tattoos. Refer to Springfield Fire Department Policy 3006

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