CFD Job Requirements


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Candidates for Firefighter/EMT:

Prior to written test:

  • Must be 18 years of age by the date of administration of the Firefighter/EMT written examination.
    • No person may be appointed after age 37.
  • Must be a high school graduate or possess a general equivalency diploma (GED) by the date of administration of the Firefighter/EMT written examination.

By date of hire:

  • Must obtain proof of passing the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) within the last 12 months.
  • Must establish residency within the Chicago city limits by date of hire.
  • Must hold a valid Driver's License issued within the United States.
  • Must pass pre-employment screening, including:
    • Background investigation with fingerprinting
    • Drug test
    • Medical screening

Starting Salary (as of June 30, 2021):

  • $62,160/yr
  • After 5 years: $98,424/yr
  • Eligible for Holiday Pay, Duty Availability Pay, Specialty Pay, and Uniform Allowance.

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Candidates for Fire Paramedic:

At time of application, candidate must possess:

  • State of Illinois EMT-Paramedic License
  • State of Illinois Driver's License
  • CPR Certification
  • One of the following certifications:
    • Advanced Trauma Life Support
    • Basic Trauma Life Support
    • Prehospital Trauma Life Support
    • International Trauma Life Support
    • Advanced Cardiac Life Support

By date of hire:

  • Must establish residency within the Chicago city limits by date of hire.
  • Must pass pre-employment screening, including:

Starting Salary (As of June 30, 2021):

  • $62,160/yr
  • After 5 years: $92,796/yr
  • Eligible for Holiday Pay, Duty Availability Pay, Specialty Pay, and Uniform Allowance.

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