2019 Firefighter Application

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AMENDED 7/29/19

The OFPD Board of Fire Commissioners is accepting applications for the position of firefighter/paramedic with the Orland Fire Protection District.

2019 Entry-Level FF/PM Application

2019 Entry-Level FF/PM Application

The application deadline is Monday, September 9, 2019 at 4:00 PM (CST).


How to Apply

If you have questions, please call 800-343-HIRE or email recruitment@iosolutions.com.

Salary: $60,974 starting, plus any applicable incentives per the current CBA.
Population: As an ISO Class 1 Fire Protection District, we are proud to serve nearly 80,000 residents across 33 square miles in the communities of Orland Park, Orland Hills, and unincorporated Orland Township.


All applicants must meet the following minimum requirements established by the OFPD Board of Fire Commissioners.

Firefighter Minimum Requirements

    • Pay a $45.00 non-refundable application processing fee;
    • Be a U.S. Citizen or legally authorized to work in the U.S. (Must meet USCIS Form I-9 at time of hire);
    • Age: Be less than 35 years old by the date of the written examination, unless otherwise exempt by state statute, and at least 21 years old by the date of hire;
    • Vision: Applicants are required to meet visual acuity standards with uncorrected vision of 20/100 corrected to 20/30 binocular each eye. Applicants must be able to distinguish between colors and shades as required by the position;
    • Education: Must provide proof of a valid High School Diploma or evidence of a G.E.D. equivalent;
    • Driver’s License: Must possess a valid driver’s license (with a good driving record) at the time of application and a valid State of Illinois driver’s license (with a good driving record) at time of appointment;
    • EMT-P: All candidates must be licensed by the Illinois Department of Public Health as an Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic (EMT-P) at the time of conditional offer of employment;
    • FFII: Must be a certified Firefighter II/Basic Operations Firefighter through the Illinois Office of the State Fire Marshal at the time of conditional offer of employment;
    • CPAT: Provide proof of completion of the Candidate Physical Abilities Test (CPAT) including Ladder Climb Test with any licensed agency issued no more than 12 months prior to September 28, 2019. CPAT certification must also be valid at the time of conditional offer of employment;
    • Must successfully test into the Silver Cross Hospital EMSS prior to offer of employment;
    • Residency: Appointed candidates are granted one (1) year to establish residency within a 65-mile geographic area beyond the District boundaries; U.S. citizenship -AND- a resident of the United States for a period of one (1) year prior to the date of the written examination (September 28, 2019);
    • Candidates who receive a passing score on the written exam will be permitted to advance to the oral assessment screening, projected to be held during the month of October. The passing score will be in accordance with 65 ILCS 5/10-1-7.1;
    • Conditional Offer of Hire: Upon receiving a conditional offer of hire, all candidates must have no felony convictions. Persons with a record of misdemeanor convictions may be disqualified from taking examinations as set forth in 65 ILCS 5/ Article 10-1-7(c). Certain misdemeanor convictions may disqualify candidates for a position at the District. This can be viewed at www.ilga.gov. Must meet the requirements of an in-depth background investigation and pass a thorough physical evaluation prior to a conditional offer of employment.

Required documentation due 9/9/19

  • Confirmed online application – available after purchase.
  • Consent and release form (2 pages) – available after purchase.
  • Copy of high school diploma or GED.
  • Copy of valid driver’s license.
  • Copy of birth record as proof of citizenship or proof of legal authorization to work in the U.S.
  • Copy of valid CPAT and ladder climb (valid if issued between 9/28/2018- 9/28/2019) – due by date of written exam
  • Copy of valid IDPH Paramedic License, if applicable.
  • Copy of OSFM Firefighter II/Basic Operations Certification, if applicable.
  • Copy of Military DD-214 (long form), if applicable.

Orientation and Written Exam:

Candidates must attend the mandatory orientation and written examination on Saturday, September 28, 2019. Doors will open at 8:00 AM for sign in, please arrive no later than 8:00 a.m. with a photo ID (driver’s license, state ID, military ID).

Test will be held at:
Elements Conference Center, 16235 La Grange Road, Orland Park, IL 60467

No refunds will be given for late or incomplete applications!

The Orland Fire Protection District is an equal opportunity employer and a proud member of the Firefighter Diversity Recruitment Council; minorities and women are encouraged to apply.