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Station 15 - 3111 Meadows Drive
Station 16 - 2455 Plum Grove Road - Admin/Headquarters
Rolling Meadows, Illinois 60008


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The 2013 entry level Firefighter/Paramedic Testing Process is closed.

Our next entry level testing process is scheduled to begin in January, 2015

 Firefighter/Paramedic Testing Process

The following description is intended to serve only as a general summary of the City’s firefighting hiring process.

Testing is typically conducted every two years.

When testing occurs, all individuals interested in becoming a Firefighter/Paramedic must meet the following requirements:

  • U.S. Citizenship or person meeting requirements of “citizenship status”.
  • High School Diploma or Equivalent (GED).
  • Valid Driver’s License.
  • 21 years of age and less than 35 years of age at time entry-level list is established, unless otherwise exempt by statute.
  • Illinois Firefighter II or Basic Operations Firefighter certification issued by the Office of the State Fire Marshal at time of application deadline.
  • Illinois Department of Public Health EMT-Paramedic license at time of application deadline.
  • Valid CPAT and Ladder Climb at time of application deadline AND at time of appointment.
  • $50 application fee.
  • Must have the ability to read, write and speak English.

Testing Process

Elements of the selection process include:  the online application process, written examination and proof of completion of Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) including Ladder Climb Test.

Applicants are processed in subsequent steps as follows:

  • Completion of online application and required documents.
  • Proof of completion of Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) and proof of passing a Ladder Climb Test via presentation of a valid CPAT card – included with application submission.
  • Mandatory orientation and written examination.
  • Preliminary Eligibility Register is established in numeric order based on written exam.
  • Fire and Police Commission selects a range of candidates based on numeric rank on the Primary Eligibility Register to complete the subjective component (oral interview).
  • An Initial Eligibility Register is established based on the written exam, proof of CPAT completion, and subjective component (oral interview conducted by Fire and Police Commission) combined scores (CPAT = pass/fail, Written = 65%, Oral Interview = 35%).
  • Submission of proof of preference points (20 Points Maximum):
    • Veterans (minimum one year active service with honorable discharge) = 5 points.
    • Education (up to 5 points maximum – Candidate is entitled to ONE of the following four point allotments.  i.e.; if a candidate has a non-fire science related Associate’s Degree and a non-fire science related Bachelor’s Degree the candidate is eligible for 2 points for the higher degree, the candidate may not request 3 points for the total of both of his/her college  degrees in this situation.)
      • 1 point = Associate’s Degree from an accredited college or university; or
      • 2 points = Bachelor’s Degree or higher from an accredited college or university ; or
      • 4 points = Associate’s Degree in Fire Science, Fire Service Management, Fire Service Administration, Public Safety, Emergency Management from an accredited college or university; or
      • 5 points = Bachelors Degree or above in Fire Science, Fire Service Management, Fire Service Administration, Public Administration, Public Safety, Emergency Management from an accredited college or university.
    • Paramedic = 5 points if the candidate is a paramedic with practice privileges in the Northwest Community EMS System as documented in a Letter of Good Standing from the system.
    • Residency = 4 points for living in Rolling Meadows a minimum of one year at time of application.
    • Additional = 1 point for a veteran who served active duty in a combat zone as indicated in a DD214.
  • Final Eligibility List which includes preference points will be established.
  • The eligibility list is valid for a two year period from the date of certification by the Board of Fire and Police Commissioners.

Further participation in the selection process will take place as vacancies occur.  Applicants will be invited, in rank order, to participate in and successfully advance through the following steps: 

  • Valid Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) including ladder climb as required by the Board of Fire and Police Commissioners, consistent with state statute.
  • Conditional Offer of Employment based on successful completion of:
    • Polygraph evaluation.
    • Background investigation including criminal, credit, business, education and employment history.
    • Psychological evaluation.
    • Medical examination including drug screen.
  • Enter into a “Separation of Employment – Reimbursement Agreement”.
  • Appointment by the Board of Fire and Police Commissioners.

Following appointment, a new firefighter is required to satisfy certain other requirements including: 

  • Successful completion of the department’s in-house training program.
  • Approval to practice in the Northwest Community EMS System.
  • Successful completion of the probationary period.

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CPAT may be obtained from:

Northeastern Illinois Public Safety Training Academy (NIPSTA)
2300 Patriot Boulevard
Glenview, IL  60026


Southwest United Fire Districts (SUFD)
7550 Lyman
Darien, IL  60561