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.
POC Firefighter position – Sycamore Fire Department
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:
- Must be at least 18 years old,
- Must show proof of a high school diploma or GED,
- Must be 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 shall agree to a two-year commitment.
- Paid on call (POC) firefighters must maintain domicile with the City of Sycamore or Sycamore Fire Protection District
- Restricted participation with other Fire Departments or Fire Protection Districts
For a period of time (up to a maximum of 12 months) in the first year of employment, a newly employed Paid on call (POC) Firefighter is considered a Paid-on call POC Firefighter – trainee.
During this transitional period, the POC Firefighter – trainee agrees to the following:
- Successfully complete the OSFM Basic Operations Firefighter (BOFF) school at his/her cost (tuition/time)
- Successfully complete the IDPH Emergency Medical Technician – Basic school at his/her cost (tuition/time)
If the POC Firefighter – trainee cannot schedule and complete the above within the nine-month window, the Fire Chief or his designee can elect to extend the trainee period for an additional three months.
During the trainee period, the POC Firefighter – trainee must document a minimum of 24 hours a month in an unpaid capacity. Hours can include:
- Ride along time
- Contact hours for training courses attended
- Department sponsored fire/EMS continuing training
- Response to Department recalls
- Participation in other approved Department sponsored activities
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.
Once the POC Firefighter – trainee has received certification as a OSFM Basic Operations Firefighter (BOFF) 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 3 – four-month evaluations) will begin.
During the 12-month probationary period and thereafter, the Probationary POC Firefighter shall participate in the following: the POC Firefighter must document a minimum of 48 hours a month. Hours can include:
- Ride along time in an unpaid capacity
- Contact hours for training courses attended in an unpaid capacity
- Participation in other approved Department sponsored activity in a paid capacity
- Participate with all eligible required training/continuing training in a paid capacity
- Report to Department recalls in a paid capacity
- Participate in the additional requirements list 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, and Technical Rescue Awareness.
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.
Restricted participation with other Fire Departments or Fire Protection Districts while employed as a Sycamore POC member
- A POC Firefighter-Trainee or POC Firefighter is restricted from participation with any Fire Department or Fire District that is listed on the Sycamore Fire Department Box Alarm Cards at the General Alarm level.
- A POC Firefighter-Trainee or POC Firefighter cannot work for a fulltime Fire Department or Fire District regardless of location
A POC Firefighter – Apprentice graduate may be eligible to transition to a POC Firefighter position with the approval of the Fire Chief. The Apprentice graduate may not be held to certain requirements such as the residency requirement.
In addition to the above hiring criteria, appointed Sycamore Fire Department Paid on call Firefighters are required as a condition of employment to meet the following additional requirements:
- 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. Roughly 2 – hours/month x 12 months = 24 hours per calendar year.
- Must complete required meetings or trainings as needed (examples – blood borne pathogen, CPR, annual SCBA training, annual consumption drill)
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.
With any questions concerning this position, please call 815-895-4514.
Firefighter Apprentice Program
The Sycamore Fire Department is proud to partner with International Association of Fire Fighters Local 3046 to provide an intensive Firefighter Apprentice program. The goal of the Sycamore Fire Department Apprentice Program (SFD AP) shall be to train, shape and prepare interested prospective firefighter candidates for a successful career in the fire service.
The Sycamore Fire Department Apprentice Program is a three (3) year high tempo program. Accepted applicants shall be sworn as Paid on call (POC) firefighters at the Sycamore Fire Department. Upon appointment, Apprentices shall be expected to achieve all of the following training during the program:
- Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) EMT-B licensure.
- Completion of a Department approved Firefighter Academy.
- Office of the State Fire Marshall (OSFM) Basic Operations Firefighter certification.
- Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Emergency Medical Technician – Paramedic (EMT-P) licensure.
- An Associate Degree in Fire Science or Associate Degree in Emergency Medical Services.
SFD Apprentice shall also be offered and expected to gain practical firefighting and EMS experience through job shadowing, ride along and actual job experience during their Apprenticeship.
Eligibility for the Sycamore Fire Department Apprentice Program shall consist of the following:
- Applicants must be 18 years old at the appointment date (no later than June 15)
- Applicants must sign the Apprentice Program Policy agreement upon appointment.
- Applicants must be a high school graduate or equivalent at the appointment date (no later than June 15)
- Applicants must be physically, mentally and psychologically able to achieve the expected goals of the Sycamore Fire Department Firefighting Apprentice Program. A current CPAT card with ladder climb exercise must be presented at the appointment date
- Applicants shall have no felony convictions.
- Applicants must meet the residency requirements found in Article 5 of Local 3046 CBA.
- Applicants must be serious and dedicated to pursuing a career in the fire service and show superior motivation.
The Apprenticeship Program is an opportunity to learn and train with career firefighter/paramedic’s and potentially earn preference points as part of the career Sycamore Firefighter/Paramedic testing eligibility list. A graduate of the 3-year Apprenticeship Program could earn up to 15 additional preference points in the testing process.
For more information, please click the following link: Apprentice Policy and Handbook POL 413.05
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 5, 2022.
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