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Firefighter/Paramedic Application Process
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By Member Ed St. Louis
February 23, 2021

Firefighter/Paramedic Application Process

Bourbonnais Fire Protection District, Bourbonnais, Illinois
The Bourbonnais Fire Protection District Board of Fire Commissioners is accepting applications for the position of firefighter/paramedic.
Salary: $48,000 (starting pay, plus health, dental, life insurance, vacation, and sick time, and pension plan). The current labor agreement expires May 31, 2021.

Population: 18,631 (as of 2010 census)

Sworn Personnel: 42*
*Current shift staffing: 8 per shift (1 career battalion chief, 1 career lieutenant, 2 career firefighter/paramedics, 2 contract firefighter/paramedics or EMT-B, 2 part-time firefighter/paramedics or EMT-B).

All applicants must meet the following minimum requirements established by the Bourbonnais Fire Protection District:
• U.S. citizenship or an alien admitted for permanent residence* *must submit proof of permanent resident (green) card;
• No felony convictions;
• High school diploma 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 26, 2021)*
o Unless otherwise exempt by State or Federal law; Such maximum age limitation shall not apply in the case of 1) any person previously employed as a full-time firefighter in a regularly constituted fire department of (i) any municipality or fire protection district whose obligations were assumed by a municipality under Section 21 of the Fire Protection District Act, or (ii) a municipality whose obligations were taken over by a fire protection district, or 2) any person who has served the fire district as a regularly enrolled volunteer, paid-on-call, or part-time firefighter for the 5 years immediately preceding the time that the district begins to use full-time firefighters to provide all or part of its fire protection service. Furthermore, to qualify for either of these exceptions set forth above, the applicant shall have been actively working as a firefighter within 2 years of the date of his/her application to this District. Proof of date of birth will be required at the time of application (References: 70 ILCS 705/16.06b; 65 ILCS 5/10-2.1-6);
• Provide a valid CPAT (Candidate Physical Ability Test Card) with Ladder Climb issued within 12 months of the written examination date of April 12, 2021 (due at time of application) -OR- participate in on-site physical ability testing (tentatively scheduled for April 22-24, 2021) at Bourbonnais Fire Protection District, 1080 Armour Rd. Bourbonnais, IL 60914. Check-in at 8:45 AM. Doors will be locked at 9 AM;
• Must be a certified Basic Operations Firefighter through the Illinois Office of the State Fire Marshal at time of offer of employment*;
• Must have a valid Medical Technician-Paramedic certification issued through the State of Illinois Department of Public Health at time of offer of employment*;
• Must successfully test into the Presence/St. Mary's Kankakee EMS System at time of offer of employment;
• Participate in remote on-line written examination testing available starting at 9 AM Monday, April 12th through Wednesday, April 14th at 4 PM;
• Participate in an in-person oral board interview (tentatively scheduled for April 22-24, 2021) with the BFPD Board of Fire Commissioners. Individual appointment times will be scheduled approximately one week prior;
• Must meet the requirements of a background check and pass a medical, and psychological test;
• Application deadline is Friday, March 26, 2021 at 4:00 PM (CST);
• Review a mandatory firefighter candidate orientation presentation prior to submitting your application.
*The District encourages all applicants not currently certified as a Basic Operations Firefighter –OR-
certified as a Paramedic to apply.

Preference Points will be awarded as determined by the Bourbonnais Fire Protection District for the following:
• Military Veterans
• Education
• Fire Service Experience
To apply for this position or obtain additional information,
please visit the following website:

The Bourbonnais Fire Protection District is an Equal Opportunity Employer. This organization is committed to the policy of equal employment opportunity in recruitment, hiring, career advancement, and all other personnel practices. Your job related experience and other qualifications will be considered without discrimination on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or physical or mental handicap. All information provided in this application will be treated confidentially, and will be used only to help assure the best use of your abilities if you are employed with the District.

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