City of Springfield, Illinois

James O. Langfelder - Mayor

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Become a Springfield Firefighter

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Salary and Benefits

  • Salary - Year One: $49,823.82, Year Two: $56,941.51, Year Three: $64,059.20, Year Four: $71,176.88
  • Work 24 Hours, Off 48 Hours
  • Vacation Time
  • 12 Paid Holidays
  • Personal Time
  • Sick Time
  • Competitive Medical, Dental, Vision Insurance
  • Retirement Pension
  • All Equipment and Training Provided
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Deferred Compensation
  • Life Insurance


  • Age 21-34 years of age at time of written examination unless otherwise exempt by state statute 65 ILCS/ 5/10-1-7
  • No Felony Convictions
  • U.S. Citizen
  • High School Graduate or GED Equivalent
  • Valid Driver’s License at time of hire and must obtain IL License within 90 days of employment
  • Vision Correctable to 20/40 with no monochromatic color blindness
  • No Offensive and/or Inappropriate Visible Tattoos
To review the Springfield Fire Department Tattoo Policy:  
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To review the Springfield Firefighter Job Description: 
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Examination Process

  • Optional Orientation
  • Written Test - once an individual submits their online application, they will receive an email about how to download study materials for the written exam.
  • Physical Ability Test with Ladder Climb. Non-Refundable Testing Fee.
  • Oral Assessment - Click for the Oral Assessment Preparation Guide
  • Background Investigation
  • Psychological Evaluation
  • Medical Examination, Drug Screening & Functional Capacity Evaluation
To learn more about the CPAT Test
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