Champaign Fire Department looking for new recruits

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CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign Fire Department is encouraging probationary firefighter hopefuls to submit their applications for the 2017 – 2019 Probationary Firefighter eligibility list.

The Department maintains an eligibility list for the position of probationary firefighter, and eligibility remains valid for two years.  Those who are selected would fill a full-time position, with a starting salary of $58,223.

Candidates must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • $50.00 non-refundable application fee or submission of fee waiver application;
  • U.S. citizen or legally authorized to work in the United States (must meet I-9 requirements);
  • Valid driver’s license;
  • High school diploma or equivalent;
  • Less than 35 years of age by the date of the written examination, unless otherwise exempt by state statute, and at least 21 years of age by date of hire;
  • Proof of completion of the Candidate Physical Abilities Test (CPAT) with any licensed agency issued no more than 12 months prior to the written exam date. CPAT certification must also be valid at the time of conditional offer of employment;
  • Provide proof of passing Ladder Climb test with any licensed agency issued no more than 12 months prior to the written exam date. Ladder Climb certification must also be valid at the time of conditional offer of employment;
  • No felony convictions and no misdemeanors related to fire/arson.

Those interested in applying are also encouraged to report to a voluntary recruitment informational meeting on Saturday, October 15, from 10 AM to noon. The meeting will be held at the Champaign Fire Department Station 1 on Randolph Street. No pre-registration is required for the meeting.

Current fire personnel will be available to answer questions, provide tours of the station and explain a typical day on the job. Attendees will also be able to learn more about the application and testing process.

Applications are being accepted until November 12, 2016.

More information about becoming a Champaign Firefighter can be found here.

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