BASIC REQUIREMENTS FOR PROBATIONARY FIREFIGHTERAge
Minimum: 20 years-old to test as of test date and 21 years-old at appointment
Maximum: 34 years-old as of test date
Age exemptions for individuals who were previously employed as a full time firefighter in a regularly constituted fire department, see State Statute 65 ILCS 5/10-2. 1-6.3Physical Requirements
Proof of successful completion of the CPAT test and documentation of ability to climb ladders at time of hire. Most CPAT locations offer the ladder climb test.Vision
Far visual acuity shall be at least 20/30 binocular corrected with contact lenses or glasses. Far visual acuity uncorrected shall be at least 20/100 binocular for wearers of hard contacts or glasses. Successful long-term soft contact lenses shall not be subject to uncorrected criterion. Peripheral Vision- Visual field performance without correction shall be 140 degrees in the horizontal meridian in each eye. Must be able to distinguish red from green for color blindness.
High school diploma or its equivalent.
Within eighteen months of initial appointment employees must reside within a 25 mile radius from the intersection of Locust and North Main Streets in Bloomington. A copy of this map can be viewed and downloaded at: www.cityblm.org
Must possess an Illinois Emergency Medical Technician Paramedic (EMT-P) license at time of
application. If the candidate has a National Registry paramedic license, they may participate and apply for the IDPH license later. Candidates with an out-of-state or National Registry paramedic license can receive information and apply for the Illinois paramedic license reciprocity process by contacting the Illinois Department of Public Health (217-278-5900 or www.idph.state.il.us/ems/). Typically this procedure takes approximately six to eight weeks. During the candidate’s probationary year he/she will need to be accepted into the McLean County Area EMS System. For more information contact: 309-827-4348 or www.mcleancountyems.org.Firefighter Certification:
Certification as a firefighter is NOT required to test or for original appointment. Probationary firefighters will attend and must graduate from an Office of the State Fire Marshal approved recruit firefighter academy. They must obtain OSFM Firefighter II and Hazardous Materials Operation certifications. Candidates with out-of-state or military firefighter certifications will attend the recruit academy. The OSFM does not offer reciprocity for certifications.
Must be of good moral character as determined by a background investigation. Must agree to be
fingerprinted and found not to have been convicted of a felony or certain misdemeanors as listed in the Illinois State Statutes. A copy of offenses can be viewed and downloaded at: www.cityblm.org/fire