Firefighter/EMT (Basic or Paramedic)
Lockport Township Fire Protection District - Lockport Township, Illinois

Dec 22, 2022

Application Deadline:
Mar 1, 2023

Salary Information

Entry Level:
$77,500 starting annual

Job Description

*Firefighter/Paramedic for the Lockport Township Fire Protection District: *


  • 6 Fire Stations / 108 Firefighter-Paramedics / 24/48 schedule
  • Protects 85,000 people over 46 square miles
  • Over 11,000 emergency responses in 2022
  • 5 ALS Engines/1 ALS Tower Ladder/6 ALS Ambulance/1 Shift Commander
  • Specialty Teams ;
    • Water Rescue/Fire Boat/Swift Water/Rescue Divers/Unmanned submersible
    • Technical Rescue Team
    • Hazardous Materials Team
    • Seach & Rescue: Drone/Canine
    • Fire/Arson Investigations


  • Starting Salary $77,500/Full Base pay (after 5 years) $120,170
  • Education Incentives: AS degree 2% of base/BS degree 2% of base
  • Educational Reimbursement
  • Longevity pay:
    • 3% of base after 6 years
    • 6% of base after 10 years
    • 9% of base after 15 years
    • 12% of base after 20 years
    • 15% of base after 25 years
  • Illinois Downstate Pension
  • 457 Plan opportunity
  • Post Employment Healthcare (50%)
  • BCBS PPO (95/5)
  • Annual Physicals
  • Time Off:
    • 11 paid holidays
    • Vacation: 1 year (12 shifts), 3 years (15 shifts), 5 years (18 shifts), 10 years (21 shifts), 15 years (24 shifts), 20 years (26 shifts)

Additional Information

*Preference Points will be awarded as determined by the Lockport Township Fire Protection District for the following: *

  • Military Veterans: Applicants who served in the United States military for at least one (1) year and who were honorably discharged, or are now on inactive or reserve duty in such military or naval service, shall receive five (5) points. Proof of such service must include a copy of Military Form DD-214 (long form) as proof of active service and evidence of the honorable discharge at time of application to qualify;
  • Fire Service Experience: Applicants who were employed as full-time certified firefighters or firefighter-paramedics by a fire protection district or municipality for at least two (2) years shall be awarded up to five (5) experience preference points. However, the applicant may not be awarded more than one-half (.5) point for each complete year of full-time service. No experience preference points will be awarded to applicants for service with a private employer who had a contract for fire or ambulance service with a fire protection district or municipality. Proof of such service must include submission of copies of applicable certificates. Note that proof of full-time service may be verified by the District. Also note than an applicant may not receive the full amount of experience preference points if the amount of points awarded would place the applicant before a veteran on the Final Eligibility Register. Finally, no person shall be awarded more than a maximum of five (5) points for experience;
  • Education: *Applicants who have successfully obtained an Associate's Degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the field of fire service, emergency medical service, or a related field (at the Fire Commission's discretion) shall receive two (2) preference points. *-OR- Applicants who have successfully obtained a Bachelor's Degree from a regionally accredited college or university shall receive five (5) preference points. A copy of an official transcript indicating "degree conferred" must be submitted at time of application to qualify;
  • *Residency: * The Board, at its discretion, may award from zero (0) to five (5) preference points to applicants whose principal residence is located within the District's jurisdiction. One-half (.5) shall be awarded for every full year of current and continuous residency in the District. Proof of residency must be submitted at time of application to qualify (i.e.; Driver's license indicating current address, utility billing statements).
  • *Lockport Fire Cadet: * Applicants will receive one (1) preference point for every full year as an active Lockport Fire Cadet for a maximum of five (5) points.

Job Requirements

  • Age: 21 by date of hire
  • Education: High School Diploma/GED, Paramedic & Basic Operations Firefighter (Illinois State Fire Marshal)
  • Experience: No specific experience necessary

All applicants must meet the following minimum requirements established by the Lockport Township Fire Protection District:

  • U.S. citizenship or an alien admitted for permanent residence, or lawfully admitted for temporary residence who produces evidence of intention to become a citizen of the United States. NOTE: Applicants selected for employment must meet the District's residency requirements;
  • No felony convictions;
  • High school diploma (or transcripts) -OR- G.E.D. equivalent;
  • Valid Illinois driver's license (will be required proof of identification at all phases of testing);
  • At least 21 years of age at time of hire AND must be UNDER 35 years of age on the application deadline date (March 1, 2023)*
  • Must have a valid Paramedic certification in the State of Illinois at time of hire;
  • Must be a certified Firefighter II or Basic Operations Firefighter through the Illinois Office of the State Fire Marshal at time of hire;
  • Must present a valid CPAT and Ladder Climb certification at time of application, with an issue date within 1 year of the date of the written examination: March 12, 2023;
    • Additional information on the CPAT and Ladder Climb Certifications is available in the "Summary of the Hiring Process" section of the application.
  • Must successfully test into the Silver Cross Hospital EMSS prior to offer of employment;
  • Must reside in the State of Illinois at time of hire;
  • Attend an in-person mandatory orientation/written exam administration on Sunday, March 12, 2023;
  • Must meet the requirements of a background check and pass a medical, psychological, and polygraph test;
  • Pay a $50.00 non-refundable application processing fee;
  • Application deadline is Wednesday, March 1, 2023 at 4:00 PM.

Submission of Application:

  • Applications MUST be submitted online by Wednesday, March 1, 2023 at 4:00 PM (CST).
  • Faxed, e-mailed, mailed or dropped off applications will NOT be accepted.
  • Applications submitted after the deadline will NOT be accepted. Only one application per person, per testing cycle will be accepted.

*Mandatory Next Steps in the Hiring Process: *

Clear your calendar and make sure you are available on the following date. **All candidates will receive an email approximately one week prior regarding their status in the process. _NOTE: Please be sure to check your email spam folder. Many email account providers automatically send our emails there in error (i.e. Google, Yahoo, etc.).**_

Sunday, March 12, 2023 - **_Check-in between 7:30 AM and 8:30 AM*_Location: Lockport East High School1333 E. 7th StreetLockport, IL 60441 ** *Doors will be locked at 8:30 AM. No exceptions will be made for late arrivals. Please remember Daylight Savings time change.

  • A mandatory orientation will immediately follow candidate check-in.
  • The written examination will be administered following the orientation session.
  • Candidates should expect to be on-site for testing until approximately 11:30 AM.

Contact Information

John O'Connor

Lockport Township Fire Protection District
Lockport Township, Illinois 60441
phone: 18158383287

How to Apply

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