Application requirements & testing information

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  • Firefighter EMT/ Paramedic

    Application deadline: Friday October 21st, 2022 at 2:00

    Firefighter Application Instructions:
    Carefully review the minimum requirements for testing and for a permanent position on this page. 

    All requirements must be met by the application deadline of Friday, October 21,2022 at 2:00 p.m. 

    Visit to complete the online application. When you have finished the online application, you will receive a confirmation number - save this number for your records. 

    In addition to the online application, applicants must mail/ship or hand deliver the release form and required documents. Documentation sent via email with NOT be accepted.
    MAIL/HAND DELIVER - Gather all required documents, release form(s), and place all documents into an envelope. Mail/ship the envelope via a traceable carrier (FedEx, UPS,etc.) or hand - deliver to:
IOS Recruitment
ATTN: Jacksonville FD
1520 Kensington Road, Suite 110
Oakbrook, IL 60523

Information on CPAT testing and scheduling can be found under the employment tab as well. 

Required Documentation:

  • Consent and Release Form - must be signed and dated by applicant
  • Attach copy of birth certificate
  • High school diploma or GED
  • CPAT with Ladder climb
  • EMT -B and or EMT P license
  • Drivers license
IF applicable attach the following
  • Basic Fire Training Certificate
  • DD214
  • College transcripts and diploma

All applications must be returned by Friday October 21st, 2022 by 2:00 p.m.

  •  apply online at:
Requirements: For Testing

  • Must have a current IL EMT-B license or a state EMT- B license eligible for reciprocity in Illinois.
  • Be a citizen of the United States
  • Possess a high school diploma or equivalent certificate issued by the county superintendent of schools or a diploma based on a GED certificate.
  • Have no felony convictions or convictions for crimes of moral turpitude.
  • Applicants with eyesight restrictions must comply with the National Fire Protection Association Standard 1582.  Far visual acuity shall be at least 20/30 binocular corrected with contact lens or spectacles. Far visual acuity uncorrected shall be at least 20/100 binocular for wearers of hard contacts or spectacles.   Successful long-term soft contact lens wearers (that is, six months without a problem) are not subject to the uncorrected standard.
  • Valid Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) card including confirmation of the successful completion of the Ladder Climb Test must be submitted no later than December 1, 2022 to qualify for an oral interview.
  • Valid driver's license
  • Must be 21 years of age at the time of testing, and must not have attained age 35 at time of testing.
Requirements for a permanent position:

  • After the Candidate is offered a position on the department they must complete a one year probationary period earning certifications in
    • OSFM Basic Operation Firefighter
    • Hazmat Operations
    • Vehicle Machinery Operations
    • Must obtain a valid IDPH Paramedics license with in 24 months of hire. 

The exam will be offered electronically and you will take the exam in your own home. All testing will be offered during business hours the week of November 14th - it is your responsibility to ensure you have the flexibility to test during these times. At the end of October/ early November you will receive an email with instructions on how to schedule and prepare for the exam. Please read through the instructions carefully before your exam date. 
  • Failure to follow the steps outlined may cause the electronic exam to not work properly, potentially resulting in your removal from the testing session. 
Orientation and Testing options:
  • On site - Do not have access to equipment or issues with the in home testing option. 
    • 200 W. Douglas Ave, Jacksonville, IL 62650
    • Testing to be conducted in a computer lab
    • Applicant must schedule a test time with the department
  • Orientation
    • To be attended electronically, applicants will receive an email with instructions and schedule. Attendance is mandatory prior to exam.