Chicago Heights Fire Department

Firefighter/Paramedic Application
Deadline 7/26/2024 4:00 PM

Stanard & Associates, Inc. administers the application process for the City of Chicago Heights Board of Fire and Police Commissioners, and the City of Chicago Heights Board of Fire and Police Commissioners retains authority over the application process and hiring of individuals. All applicant information and application forms are the property of the City of Chicago Heights Board of Fire and Police Commissioners. Stanard & Associates, Inc. does not establish the qualification or eligibility requirements, required application procedures, or related employment standards and procedures and is limited in addressing questions or requests for information in these areas.

Chicago Heights Fire Department,  Chicago Heights, Illinois

The Chicago Heights Board of Fire and Police Commissioners is accepting applications for the position of firefighter/paramedic.

Salary: current = $73,057 as of 5-1-2024; $102,576 after 5 years
Incentives/Certification Pay of 6.14% OVER base pay with the following certifications:  Advanced FF, FAE, VMO and Hazmat Technician, COFO
Population: 27,481
Sworn Personnel: 60

All applicants must meet the following minimum requirements established by the Chicago Heights Fire Department: 

  • U.S. citizenship;
  • Possess a valid driver's license with good driving record (will be required proof of identification at all phases of testing); 
  • High school diploma or G.E.D. equivalent;
  • At least 18 years of age and UNDER 35 years of age at time of the application deadline (July 26, 2024) unless otherwise exempt by State Statute;
  • No felony convictions;
  • Must be a certified Paramedic (EMT-P) - OR - be enrolled in and currently attending an accredited Paramedic program and provide documentation upon request (at time of application); 
  • Pass a mandatory on-line written exam administration starting at 9 AM on Tuesday, August 6, 2024 through Thursday, August 8, 2024 at 4 PM;  
  • Must present a valid CPAT and Ladder Climb certification with any licensed agency, issued no more than 12 months prior to time of job appointment
    • Additional information on the CPAT and Ladder Climb Certifications is available in the "Summary of the Hiring Process" section of the application. 
  • Must meet the requirements of a background investigation, pass an oral examination, and medical, drug, psychological and polygraph tests;
  • Certified as a paramedic in the South Cook County Emergency Medical Service System at Ingalls Hospital, Harvey, Illinois and the State of Illinois prior to the date the candidate is hired as a Firefighter/Paramedic for the city; 
  • ALL new and current members may reside ANYWHERE in the State of Illinois, within a 50 mile radius of the City's Police Headquarters;
  • Pay a $45.00 non-refundable application processing fee;
  • Application deadline is Friday, July 26, 2024 at 4:00 PM.


A Maximum of Ten (10) Preference Points will be awarded as determined by the Board of Fire and Police Commissioners for the following:  

  • Military Veterans:  Applicants who served in the United States military for at least 1 year and who were honorably discharged shall receive 5 points.  Proof of such service must include a copy of Military Form DD-214 (long form) as proof of active service and evidence of honorable discharge at time of application to qualify;

  • Education: Applicants who have successfully obtained an Associate's Degree in the field of Fire Service or Emergency Medical Services -OR- a Bachelor's Degree in any field from an accredited college or university, shall be awarded 3 points.  Official transcripts must be submitted at time of application to qualify; 

  • Paramedic Certification:  Applicants who have obtained Firefighter II or Firefighter III certification or a State of Illinois or nationally certified Paramedic (EMT-P) license shall be awarded 1 points for attaining any or all named statuses listed above.  Proof of licensure must be submitted at time of application to qualify;

  • Residency:  Persons who currently have their principle residence in the City of Chicago Heights - AND - have so resided for a period of at least 1 year prior to the administration of the written exam shall be awarded 2 points. Must submit proof of residency to qualify; 


Submission of Application

  • Applications MUST be submitted online by Friday, July 26, 2024 at 4:00 PM (CST).
  • Faxed, e-mailed, mailed or dropped off applications will NOT be accepted.
  • Applications submitted after the deadline will NOT be accepted. Only one application per person, per testing cycle will be accepted.


Mandatory Remote On-Line Written Examination Testing – Following completion of the application materials, successful applicants will be invited to participate in remote on-line written exam testing starting at 9 AM on Tuesday, August 6, 2024 through Thursday, August 8, 2024 at 4 PM.  The test will only be available during this time period.  Candidates will need to have access to a laptop or desktop computer.  All candidates will receive an email approximately one week prior regarding their status in the process, along with further instructions for taking the on-line written exam. NOTE: Please be sure to check your email spam folder. Many email account providers automatically send our emails there in error (i.e. Google, Yahoo, etc.).   

Important Disclaimer for Potential Applicants:  As part of this application form, you will be required to submit various documents, records and/or additional forms. Be sure to allow sufficient time to gather this documentation and fully complete the application before the deadline. In other words, do not wait until one day before the deadline to collect and submit additional required documentation. In order for your application to be accepted, all materials must be submitted and received prior to the deadline. Failure to disclose complete and honest information may result in disqualification from the hiring process.   

The City of Chicago Heights is an Equal Opportunity Employer