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.
Intern Paid on Call Firefighter Information
If there are any questions regarding the application or selection process please call 815-895-4514 during business hours.
All required documentation shall be submitted with the application. Incomplete applications, or applications without the required documentation, or applications submitted after the application period 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. Over the three year intern program commitment, POC Firefighter – Interns are required to work four 24 hour shifts (unpaid) per month with an assigned work group.
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 a psychological examination upon request.
Selected Intern candidates may be appointed to the Firefighter – Intern position, between May 1 and September 1, 2020.
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