Firefighter/EMT (Basic or Paramedic)
Bloomington Fire Department - Bloomington, Illinois

Apr 14, 2021

Application Deadline:
May 16, 2021

Salary Information

Entry Level:
$59,523.22 annual

Job Description

This is a responsible level of work in which the employee will prevent and combat fires, perform emergency medical service functions, drive and operate firefighting vehicles, mitigate hazardous materials incidents and respond to and resolve other emergency situations. The employee also performs routine maintenance functions at the fire station. Close supervision is provided by the employee's immediate supervisor while the employee is working on or at any emergency situation. General supervision is provided by the employee's immediate supervisor and other managers during the performance of routine duties. The employee is directly responsible to his or her immediate supervisor. While working at fire, hazardous materials, or other similar emergency incidents, the employee's use of independent judgment will be limited. However, extensive use of independent judgment will be required when the employee performs emergency medical service tasks.

Examples of Duties

While the frequency of essential tasks may vary, the ability of each firefighter to be physically capable of performing these tasks is essential to the safety of fellow firefighters and the able execution of firefighting activities.

  • Forcible entry into buildings and structures to resolve emergency situations.
  • Active participation in fire suppression activities.
  • Active participation in the performance of rescue and emergency medical activities.
  • Ventilation of buildings and structures contaminated by hazardous atmospheres.
  • Performance of salvage and overhaul operations at emergency scenes.
  • Maintenance of fire equipment and facilities.
  • Conducts fire safety inspections in buildings
  • Conducts fire extinguisher demonstrations
  • Stands watch in the communication office of the fire station, receiving calls and dispatching vehicles and personnel.
  • Assists in maintaining fire department buildings and grounds by mopping floors, vacuuming carpet, washing windows, mowing lawns, etc.

Typical Qualifications

  • Be at least 20 years of age and not more than 34 years of age* at the time of application. Be at least 21 years of age to accept the appointment. *Veterans' Exemption 65ILCS 5/10-2.1-6 … 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.
  • High school diploma or its equivalent
  • Must possess a Paramedic (EMT-P) License or be enrolled in a paramedic program

Additional Information

Step One – Online Application and Exam

A copy of your birth certificate, high school diploma and photo (2x2) are required to be uploaded with application. DD-214 is required for Military points. College transcripts are required for Education points.

Sign up for an exam through National Testing Network (NTN). National Testing Network directly contracts with public safety departments across the country to test candidates for jobs. Once a candidate completes this simple process, information and test scores will be sent directly to each department. You can get more information about their site ++here++.

*NTN is now offering virtual testing. Due to COVID-19, testing availability may be limited.

You will be tested on 4 areas (Human Relations, Mechanical, Math and Reading) and must pass each area. An average score of all 4 areas will be determined. Average score must be 70% or higher to move forward. Scores will be available to view in your NTN account within 2-3 days.

Human Relations - 70 or above

Mechanical - 60 or above

Math - 70 or above

Reading - 80 or above

The online exam is 70% of your final score. Applicants will be ranked by the order of their test score.  In addition, applicants may receive 5 Veterans preference points in accordance with statutory requirements.  Applicants will also be eligible for 5 points for a Fire Science or Emergency Medical Services Associates degree or a Bachelor’s degree in any subject. 

Step Two - Interview

Upon successfully passing the online exam, you will be invited to schedule an in-person interview.Immediately following the interview you will meet with background investigators for an integrity interview. The estimated completion time to complete the interview and meet with background investigators is two (2) hours.

You must receive an average of 70% from the panel to move forward. The interview is 30% of your final score.

Step Three - Comprehensive Background Check & Polygraph Exam

Please review the BFPC Rules and Regulations link above to find a list of all dis-qualifiers. The background process can take up to 1-2 months.

Candidates that pass the Background process will be subject to a Polygraph Exam. Those candidates will be rated as Pass/Fail.

Step Four - Conditional Job Offer

All scores will be ranked in order and a Final Eligibility List will be created. Eligibility List must be approved by Commission. To be eligible for employment, you must complete the following:

Obtain Paramedic License (copy required)

Obtain CPAT within 7 days of offer (copy required)

Successfully complete the Physical and Drug Screen with favorable results

Successfully complete the Psychological Exam with favorable results

Medical Examination

A physician designated by the Board of Fire & Police Commissioners will complete the medical examination.  This is a comprehensive physical which includes a psychological exam and drug screen. 

Testing procedures listed above are subject to change.

Job Requirements

  • Age: 20
  • Education: High school diploma or its equivalent
  • Experience: Must possess a Paramedic (EMT-P) License or be enrolled in a paramedic program

Contact Information

Lindsey Denny

Bloomington Fire Department
310 North Lee Street
Bloomington, Illinois 61701
phone: 309-434-2602

How to Apply

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