City of Springfield, Illinois

James O. Langfelder - Mayor

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Become a Springfield Firefighter

Now Hiring!

The Springfield Fire Department is now accepting applications for candidates interested in becoming a firefighter. The deadline to apply is Sunday, December 20 at 11:00 p.m. (CST). The first step is to review the information packet. The packet contains important deadlines and information candidates need to know in order to prepare for testing to become a Springfield Firefighter.

The next step is to apply online for the job opening. Please note: hiring is not anticipated until the last quarter of calendar 2021.

If you have questions about the application or testing process, please contact the City of Springfield’s Human Resources Office at 217.789.2446 or email

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Testing Information


  • U.S. Citizen
  • Not younger than 21 years of age at the time of written exam.
  • Not older than 34 years of age at the time of written exam. Please see “Age Exemptions” in the informational packet.
  • High school graduate or GED equivalent
  • Ability to successfully pass the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) including Ladder Climb.
  • No felony convictions
  • Tattoo restrictions
  • Vision correctable to 20/40 with no monochromatic color blindness.

To review the Springfield Fire Department Personal Appearance Policy:  
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To review the Springfield Firefighter Job Description: 
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Application Process

  • Apply online – Deadline Sunday, December 20, 2020 at 11:00 p.m. (CST)
  • Written exam – Week in December 1 (or as needed) at the Crowne Plaza, Springfield
  • Physical exam – Valid CPAT card including Ladder Climb – Deadline to submit card is Monday, March 8, 2021.
  • Oral Assessments will take place in late March and early April 2021.
  • Background
  • Psychological and Medical Screenings

Salary and Benefits

  • Competitive salary
  • Paid training
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Vacation time
  • Sick leave
  • 12 paid holidays
  • Personal days
  • Compensatory time
  • Uniforms
  • Competitive Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance
  • Retirement Pension