CHARLESTON FIRE DEPARTMENT
520 JACKSON AVENUE
CHARLESTON, ILLINOIS 61920
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Updated: March 17, 2020
City of Charleston Fire Department1510 A StreetCharleston, Illinois 61920www.charlestonillinois.org/firedept
The Charleston Fire Department currently has open testing for Firefighter/Paramedic positions. This position requires the FireTEAM exam and the Candidate Physical Ability Test with ladder certification (CPAT with ladder) must be valid at the time of offer of conditional employment.
The open testing will end on August 5,2020.
Job Classification: Firefighter-Paramedic
Salary Information: Starting pay: 0-6 months $45,720; 6 months – 1 year $50,868.
Additional compensation includes longevity pay and specialty pay for Paramedic and Pre-Hospital RN.Benefits information:
Additional Benefits: Section 125 Cafeteria Plan for unreimbursed medical and/or dependent care expenses; Deferred Compensation Plans and Employee Assistance Programs.Department Overview: Charleston Fire Department is a progressive career department providing Fire, ALS Ambulance, Rescue, Haz-Mat, and Technical Rescue services (TRT). We have 24-Firefighters-Paramedics, 6- Lieutenants, 3-Captain-Paramedics, a Chief and Assistant Chief. We provide ALS ambulance and rescue to Charleston, EIU, and the Eastern half of Coles County. We have Mutual Aid Response with ten area fire departments and five area ambulance services. In 2019 Charleston Fire responded to 5,433 fire calls, and Emergency Medical calls. We are active in pre-fire planning, and we perform annual occupancy inspections of all places of assembly within the City of Charleston.
Charleston is a regional training ground for several area departments. We offer several classes throughout the year from fire, rescue, command, technical rescue, Haz-Mat, and some classes with police and the crisis response team. Charleston is a host department for one of the State Hazardous Material and Technical Rescue teams. The Haz-Mat team involves fifty members from area agencies as does the Technical Rescue team with a roster of forty Rescue Technicians. We cover 14 counties in the Department of Homeland Security Region 17. This is the largest region in Illinois, covering 6800 square miles, with a population of 300,000. With some of the southern state teams not up and running, we cover even a larger area of central and southern Illinois. We have had Haz-Mat responses that involved an hour of road time.
Charleston is a member of the Illinois Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS). We are in Division 26 of Illinois MABAS. With MABAS, Charleston Fire responded with an Engine Company to New Orleans with the first deployment and four personnel with the second deployment. Both teams spent two weeks in New Orleans helping with the devastation left by Hurricane Katrina. We have members on the State Incident Management Team that responded to Hurricane Gustav in 2008 and the Mississippi Floods in 2009 and again in 2011. You can see we are a small department but, a very active group providing several disciplines and services, locally and at the State level.
Charleston protects several facilities within the city and county. In Charleston, we protect Eastern Illinois University and its power plant. We protect over thirty residential care homes in the City. We are also the designated confined space response team for numerous business and manufacturing facilities, in Charleston and a six-county area as first due.
Department Overview: The City of Charleston is downstate Illinois’ biggest secret. It offers world-class arts and culture through top-rated Eastern Illinois University. Superior schools, parks, and recreation in a friendly historic setting, as well as a vibrant downtown and pulsating main street, are available. Charleston gives you the best of rural living in a friendly, tight-knit community.
Contact Information: Debbie BurkhartDeputy City Clerk217firstname.lastname@example.org
Age: At least 21 years of age but not exceeding 34 years of age by June 15, 2019, unless exempted by Illinois statute.
US Citizen: Yes
High School Grad/GED: Yes
Valid ILLINOIS State Driver's License: Yes
Ability to Read/Speak English: Yes
Vision: 20/20 vision, either corrected or uncorrected; close vision; peripheral vision; depth perception and the ability to adjust focus. Disqualifier: Color blindness.
College: EMT certification
Academy Certification: Candidates must be certified as an EMT-B or EMT-I at time of testing. Candidates must be certified as an EMT-P or Pre-Hospital RN prior hire.
Necessary Certifications : Candidates will need to provide a copy of their EMT certification.
Proof of the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) and proof of passing the Ladder Climb Test with licensed agency issued within 12 months of testing.
CPAT and Ladder Climb certification must also be valid at the time of offer of conditional employment.
Additional Requirements: Candidates must participate in an oral interview to be conducted by the City of Charleston on September 12, 2020.
Candidates will be notified of the time of their oral interview after successful completion of the written examination.
Group interview techniques will be utilized. The score for the oral examination is based on a maximum 100 percent.
An overall passing score of 70% is required. Failure to attend/pass the oral examination will result in termination of applicant’s candidacy.
Residency within a twenty (20) mile radius of Charleston City Hall, 520 Jackson Avenue, by the end of the officer’s probationary period.
Hiring Process :
Preference Points: Veteran’s and educational preference.