Minimum Requirements and Qualifications
Applicants for the position of Firefighter / Paramedic must meet the following minimum requirements and qualifications at the time of application:
United States citizen.
Must be at least 21 years old and maximum age of 34 years (except as otherwise provided by state law).
Graduation from high school or equivalent thereof.
Possess a valid driver’s license.
Currently certified as a Basic Operations Fire Fighter or Firefighter II under the State of Illinois, Division of Personnel Standards and Education; and
Minimally a Provisional Paramedic or a System Approved Paramedic Student by the State of Illinois, pursuant to applicable statutes and regulations at the time of application.
Must agree to comply with all requirements of the position and have the ability to pass all examination and training requirements.
Step 1 Your Application: You must submit your completed Application for Employment and required documentation in accordance with the instructions by the date and time indicated. Application materials submitted by applicants will be reviewed and all applicants will be notified by mail of their final eligibility testing status.
Step 2 Written Examination: Wednesday, September 30, 2015 7 p.m. at the Gurnee Police Facility, Community Room, 100 N. O’Plaine Road, Gurnee, IL 60031. Eligible candidates are to arrive no later than 6:55 p.m. with a state issued picture ID or driver’s license to sign in. Testing will consist of a multiple-choice written examination administered in paper-and-pencil format. Passage of the written examination means a score that is at or above the cut-off score of “74” for applicants participating in the written test.
Step 3 Subjective Component: Oral Interviews will be held at Gurnee Village Hall, 325 N. O’Plaine Road, Gurnee, IL 60031 beginning the week of October 19th. This is a structured interview with Civil Service and Gurnee Fire Department Officers. Candidates passing the written examination will be notified of the date and time for their oral interview by mail.
Step 4 Initial Eligibility Register: Candidates will be listed in order on the initial eligibility list based on the following: 1) the candidate’s score on the written examination; 2) the candidate’s successfully passing the physical ability component; and 3) the candidate’s results on any subjective component.
Step 5 Preference Points: Candidates who are eligible for preference credit shall make a claim in writing within 10 days after the posting of the initial eligibility list, or the claim shall be deemed waived.
Preference Points (maximum of ten (10) points)
Veterans’ Points / Military Service with an Honorable Discharge: five (5) points
Education Points: up to five (5) points
Associates Degree (fire service or emergency medical services): two and one-half (2.5) points
Bachelors Degree (any curriculum): an additional two and one-half (2.5) points
Step 6 Final Eligibility Register: Following the application preference points, a Final Eligibility Register shall be established showing each eligible candidate’s final position on the eligibility register.
If a position becomes available, candidates on the Final Eligibility Roster will be contacted in successive order and may be extended a conditional offer of employment. If a conditional offer of employment is extended, the candidate must successfully pass a psychological examination, polygraph examination, background check, and medical examination, including drug screen. A “FAIL” on any post-offer screening will result in a rescinding of the offer of employment, candidate disqualification from further employment consideration, and candidate removal from the final eligibility list. All appointments are subject to a probationary period.