The Sycamore Fire Department is a combination department and has both career and paid on-call firefighters. We have minimum eligibility requirements for both positions.
The Sycamore Fire Department is accepting applications for two (2) Paid on Call Firefighter – Intern positions
Applications will be accepted beginning Friday, November 30, 2018 and ending Friday, January 11, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.
Application packets are available Monday through Friday during the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Sycamore Fire Department, Fire Station #1, 535 DeKalb Avenue, Sycamore, IL 60178.
Applications must be picked up in person and returned to the Sycamore Fire Department, Fire Station #1, 535 DeKalb Avenue, Sycamore, IL 60178 by January 11, 2019 at 4:00 PM.
Applications will not be accepted by e-mail or mail. If there are any questions regarding the application or selection process please call 815-895-4514 during business hours.
Paid On Call Firefighter/Intern Information
We typically advertise for open Paid on call Firefighter/Intern positions in early November until early December.
The official announcement for this position can be opened in this link: POC Intern Announcement 11-28-18
All required documentation shall be submitted with the application. Incomplete applications, or applications without the required documentation, or applications submitted after the ending date will not be accepted.
- Proof of High School diploma or GED.
- Proof of valid Illinois driver’s license.
- Documentation of 1 year of completed college coursework (equaling 24 semester hours or greater) with a GPA of 2.5 or greater.
- Proof of a current CPAT card must be presented at time of application. A current CPAT card with ladder climb exercise is considered valid if dated within 12 months of the application deadline.
Overview of program
The Sycamore Fire Department Firefighter Intern Program is a three (3) year high tempo program. Accepted applicants shall be sworn as paid on call (POC) firefighters for the Sycamore Fire Department. Upon appointment, Firefighter – Interns shall be offered the opportunity to attend and expected to achieve all of the following during the program:
- Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) EMT-B licensure.
- Completion of a Department approved Fire Academy.
- Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) Basic Operations Firefighter certification.
- Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Emergency Medical Technician – Paramedic (EMT-P) licensure.
Upon completion of paramedic training, students are eligible to complete an Associate Degree in Applied Health Science. Sycamore Fire Department Firefighter Interns shall be offered and expected to gain practical firefighting and EMS experience through job shadowing, ride-alongs, and actual job experience during their internship.
Eligibility for the Sycamore Firefighter Intern Program shall consist of the following:
- Applicants must be at least 18 years old.
- Applicants must sign a Firefighter – Intern contract upon appointment.
- Applicants must be a high school graduate or equivalent and have 1 year of completed college coursework (equaling 24 semester hours or greater) with a GPA of 2.5 or greater.
- Applicants must be physically, mentally, and psychologically able to achieve the expected goals of the Sycamore Fire Department Firefighter Intern. Please note – a current Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) card must be presented at time of application deadline. A current CPAT card with ladder climb exercise is considered valid if dated within 12 months of the application deadline.
- Applicants shall have no felony convictions.
- Applicants must meet the Sycamore Fire Department Paid on call Firefighter residency requirements within six (6) months of appointment (Resident of City of Sycamore or Sycamore Fire Protection District).
- Applicants must be serious and dedicated to pursuing a career in the fire service and show superior motivation.
The Sycamore Fire Department reserves the right to refuse application to individuals who meet the eligibility requirements but are deemed unfit by the Department.
The selection process for the Sycamore Fire Department Firefighter Intern Program shall consist of:
- College transcript hours including GPA
- SAT or ACT score (if applicable)
- Oral Interview
Upon completion of the selection process, a list will be established and the top two candidates may be offered the position. Should one or more of the top two candidates not accept the position, the Department may opt to select another candidate from the list.
Candidates extended a conditional offer of the position must also successfully pass a criminal background investigation and a physical examination by the Fire Department physician. Candidates may also be required to complete psychological examination upon Department request.
Selected Intern candidates may be appointed to the Firefighter – Intern position, between May 1 and September 1, 2019.
Intern financial liabilities
- College coursework and Degree area specific coursework including textbooks and lab fees will be paid for by the Firefighter – Intern.
- Fire Academies and EMS courses – Fire Academy, EMT-B and EMT-P courses, and associated fees shall be paid for by the Firefighter – Intern. Any materials or equipment purchased by the Department or assigned to the Firefighter – Intern shall remain property of the Fire Department. Failure to successfully complete the Fire Academy or any EMS course(s) shall be reason for immediate removal from the Sycamore Fire Department Firefighter Intern Program.
- Any issued equipment or uniforms not returned upon separation from the program shall be reimbursed by the Firefighter- Intern.
The Firefighter – Intern shall be issued a structural firefighting ensemble and one work uniform to use while participating in the Intern Program. All equipment issued shall remain property of the Sycamore Fire Department. All Sycamore Fire Department personnel including Firefighter – Interns are held to a high standard of behavior both on and off duty. Any breach of conduct may be cause for dismissal from the Intern Program.
Career Firefighter EMT-P Information
The Sycamore Fire and Police Commission maintains a Firefighter-Paramedic eligibility list which is good for two years. The current list will expire on October 4, 2020.
In order to be considered for a career Firefighter/Paramedic position, the applicant must meet the following criteria:
- Must be at least 21 years old or no more than 35 years old
- Must show proof of a high school diploma or GED
- Must show proof of certification as a Firefighter II (or new Basic Certification) with the Office of the State Fire Marshal
- Must show proof of certification as an Emergency Medical Technician Advanced (Paramedic) with the Illinois Department of Public Health
- Must provide a certified current college transcript (if listing college courses or experience)
- Must be a permanent, legal resident of the USA
- Must have a valid Illinois Driver’s License
- Be able to pass a medical examination including drug screening
- Be able to pass a criminal background investigation
- Must show proof of current CPAT test, demonstrating completion of the CPAT examination not more than 12 months prior to application
The eligibility list testing is composed of the following elements:
- Mandatory orientation
- Written Examination
- Initial Oral Test by Board
- Proof of physical agility test
- Establishment of Preference Points
Once the final eligibility list is established, the list is posted and remains in place for two years or the list is exhausted.
Once a conditional offer of employment is tendered, the applicant(s) are further examined with the following:
- Polygraph Test
- Background Investigation
- Final Oral Test by Board
- Psychological/Behavioral Analysis
- Medical and Drug Screening Tests
Paid on Call Firefighter Information
We typically advertise for open Paid on call Firefighter positions in March. The official announcement of position advertisement will be placed in the Employment section of this site.
Paid on call (POC) firefighters are considered part-time staffing of the Sycamore Fire Department. POC Firefighters supplement Sycamore’s career/full-time firefighting and emergency medical response companies during call-backs when additional staffing is required by directly participating in fire, rescue, and emergency medical operations. POC Firefighters fight fires; respond to fire alarms; support technical rescue incidents, vehicle extrications, hazardous material incidents; and medical emergencies. POC Firefighters also help staff public education or community events.
In order to be considered for this position, the applicant must meet the following criteria at the time of application:
- Must be at least 18 years old;
- Must show proof of a high school diploma or GED;
- Must show proof of status as a permanent legal resident of the City of Sycamore or Sycamore Fire Protection District;
- Must have a valid Illinois Driver’s License;
- Be able to pass a medical examination including drug screening;
- Be able to pass a criminal background investigation;
- Must show proof of a current CPAT card with ladder climb exercise dated within 3 months after date of hire;
- Serve a 12 month probationary period after successful completion of “trainee” requirements;
- Paid on call (POC) firefighters hired after May 1, 2014 shall agree to a two year commitment.During this transitional period, the POC Firefighter – trainee agrees to the following:
- During the first year of employment or until the trainee requirements are met, a newly employed Paid on call (POC) Firefighter is considered a Paid on call POC Firefighter – trainee.
- Successfully complete the OSFM Basic Operations Firefighter certification at his/her cost (tuition/time).
- Successfully complete the IDPH Emergency Medical Technician – Basic school at his/her cost (tuition/time).
- During the trainee period, the POC Firefighter – trainee may participate in the following activities:
- May participate with all fire/EMS training in an unpaid capacity.
- May report to Department recalls in an unpaid capacity.
- May participate in other approved Department activities in an unpaid capacity.Once the POC Firefighter – trainee has received certification as a OSFM Basic Firefighter (Firefighter II) and has received licensure as an IDPH Emergency Medical Technician – Basic, then the POC Firefighter – trainee shall be reclassified as a Probationary POC Firefighter and the twelve month probationary period (with four evaluations) will begin.
- During the 12 month probationary period, the Probationary POC Firefighter may participate in the following:
- If the POC Firefighter – trainee has not completed the required skills within the first twelve months, then the POC Firefighter – trainee may be terminated as a member of the Fire Department.
- May participate with all eligible required training/continuing training in a paid capacity.
- May report to Department recalls in a paid capacity.
- May participate in the additional requirements listed below.
- The Probationary POC Firefighter shall be required to successfully complete the following OSFM certifications before the completion of the 2 year commitment:
- Fire Service Vehicle Operator (FSVO).
- Hazardous Materials Awareness.
- Technical Rescue Awareness.
Paid on call (POC) firefighters hired after May 1, 2014, must maintain their domicile within the City of Sycamore or Sycamore Fire Protection District.
In addition to the above criteria, appointed Sycamore Fire Department Paid on call Firefighters are required as a condition of employment to meet the following additional requirements:
- Any additional “elective” training (i.e. paramedic course or fire service certification courses) pursued by the Probationary POC Firefighter or POC Firefighter may be attended at his/her cost.
- Must complete a minimum of 24 hours of fire training (2 hours/month x 12 months = 24 hours) per calendar year (generally one drill per month).
- EMT-B’s must complete a minimum of 60 hours of required EMS continuing education within four years to maintain the EMT-B license. Therefore, an EMT-B must complete 15 hours of required EMS continuing education annually.
- EMT-P’s must complete a minimum of 100 hours of required EMS continuing education within four years to maintain the EMT-P license. Therefore, an EMT-P must complete 25 hours of required EMS continuing education annually. (Approximately 2 – hours/month x 12 months = 24 hours per calendar year).
- Must complete required meetings or trainings as needed (examples – bloodborne pathogen, CPR, annual SCBA training, and annual consumption drill).
- Must complete 48 hours of ride time (24 paid/24 unpaid) annually with shift personnel.
- Must participate in a minimum of 12 activities per year. Activities can include emergency call backs (Department recall), public education details, Pumpkin Fest or other city festivals requiring a FD presence or Department approved related activity.
- If a Paid on call Firefighter fails to meet any of the above requirements, he/she may be terminated as a member of the Fire Department.
We typically advertise for open Paid on call Firefighter/EMT-B positions in early August, with applications due by mid – September. The official announcement of position advertisement will be placed in the Employment section of this site.