Firefighter Paramedic

Firefighter/EMT (Basic or Paramedic)
City of ELGIN - ELGIN, Illinois

Oct 1, 2020

Application Deadline:
Nov 9, 2020

Salary Information

Entry Level:
$72347.00 annual

Job Description

The City of Elgin is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Firefighter/Paramedic. 

  • The Elgin Fire Department has 133 sworn firefighters who provide a full range of coverage to 38.8 square miles and service a population of over 112,000 people.
  • The coverage area includes the historic downtown area, two major medical facilities, two college campuses, multiple industrial and office parks, Illinois largest gaming facility, a growing commercial segment, as well as single and multi-family homes.
  • Services are also provided along main transportation routes that include sections of Interstate 90, routes 20, 31 and 25, the Randall Road corridor, the Northwest METRA rail line, and two major freight lines.

The City of Elgin offers exceptional opportunities that include cultural arts, entertainment and recreation that are unmatched by surrounding suburbs. Located 38 miles northwest of Chicago, we are proud of our diversity and culture. The growing City enjoys ready access to public transportation, diverse housing stock and a mix of commercial establishments. Residents and visitors enjoy a thriving cultural arts community, world-class parks, historical museums and over 100 places of worship.


  • Essential functions – Provide response to all-hazard emergencies including fire, emergency medical services (EMS), hazardous materials, water rescue & recovery, technical rescue, and natural & man-made disasters.
  • Typical tasks – when not responding to emergencies include a variety of job related tasks such as daily training & education programs, tool & equipment maintenance.  The department administers community risk reduction programs that include public education, CPR training, business safety surveys and commercial pre-planning.  Firefighters also participate in aggressive and ongoing on the job training programs.

Additional Information

Candidates must submit the following required documentation by the application deadline of November 9, 2020:

  1. Copy of birth certificate / Naturalization papers if born outside of US

    • Candidates may not be older than 35 by November 9, 2020, unless:
      • Previous employment as a fulltime firefighter in a municipality or FPD.
      • Candidate may be older than 35 years if they have served in the military while at the age of 35 with an honorable discharge and is no older than 40 years old by November 9, 2020.
    • Candidates must be 21 years old by November 9, 2020, unless:
      • May be 19 years or older by November 9, 2020 ++and++ have not less than 3 years participation in the Elgin Fire Explorer Program or Elgin Police Explorer Program and 100 hours of volunteer time in the Elgin Fire Explorer Program or Elgin Police Explorer Program.  You may be placed on the eligibility list, but shall not be appointed until you have reached the age of 21.
    • Candidates must be citizens of the United States or an alien admitted for permanent residence or lawfully admitted for temporary residence who can produce evidence of intention to become a citizen of the United States.
  2. Copy of a valid driver's license

  3. Copy of a High School Diploma or GED required
  4. Copy of Military Separation papers (DD 214), if applicable
  5. Copy of valid Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) card and Ladder Certification dated between August 1, 2019 and November 9, 2020 
  6. Copy of Illinois Department of Public Health EMT- Basic license ++or++ EMT - Paramedic license  

Awarding of preference points is done after the final stage of the process for original appointment for the following reasons; provided, however, that a maximum number of twenty (20) points may be awarded to any person during the appointment process. 

*   Five (5) additional points will be given on the eligibility list to those candidates that have completed a minimum of two (2) years at the Elgin Fire Explorer Program *    Five (5) additional points will be given for a four (4) year degree from an accredited college/university *    Three (3) additional points will be given for 60 credit hours or more of college credit from an accredited college/university *    Three (3) additional points will be given on the eligibility list for being a resident within the geographic boundaries of the City of Elgin for a period of not less than one (1) year prior to the awarding of points.  *  Five (5) additional points will be given on the eligibility list to those candidates who have 1 or more years of active duty military experience with an honorable discharge as provided in 65 ILCS 5/10-2.1-6.3(h)(1). *   Up to five (5) additional points will be given on the eligibility list to those candidates who have served as a Basic Operations Firefighter (Firefighter II), Advanced Technician Firefighter (Firefighter III), or licensed paramedic for a municipality or fire protection district, based on the requirements set forth in 65 ILCS 5/10-2.1-6.3

Job Requirements

  • Age: 21
  • Education: high school
  • Experience: none

Contact Informaton

Tim Bennett

City of ELGIN
ELGIN, Illinois 60118
phone: 847-931-6049

How to Apply

++STEP 1++

  • Ensure that you meet the minimum requirements of the position
  • Submit an application with the City of Elgin by going to and hit "Apply" at the top of this posting

++STEP 2++

  • There is $20.00 non-refundable application fee.  You may pay this fee by either paying in person by stopping in to City Hall or paying by phone. 
    • City Hall - Pay in person in our Finance Department located at: 150 Dexter Court, Elgin, IL 60120.  We are not taking cash at this time.  Payments can be made by check or credit card.
    • You can contact our 311 Department to pay by phone by dialing 311 within the Elgin area or calling 847-931-6001 outside of Elgin. Payments over the phone are by credit card only.

Reminder: You must include the name of the applicant when paying to ensure payment is applied to the application.

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