City of Springfield, Illinois

James O. Langfelder - Mayor

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Become a Springfield Firefighter


The Springfield Fire Department is now accepting applications for candidates interested in becoming a firefighter. The deadline to apply to be eligible for this upcoming testing is Sunday, January 1, 2023 at 11:00 p.m. (CST). The first step in the process is to download the Information Packet and when you are ready, apply online by the deadline.

The Written Exam will be offered on two different dates, to best accommodate the applicants schedule. The Written Exam will take place on Thursday, January 5 and Saturday, January 7, 2023 at the Crowne Plaza located at 3000 S. Dirksen Parkway in Springfield. Once you have applied for the entry-level firefighter position, and your application has been accepted, you will receive an email from the City’s Human Resources Department requesting your test date preference.

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

   Attend an Information Session or Open House

The City of Springfield and Springfield Fire Department will be hosting information sessions about the application and testing process. These sessions help applicants understand what to expect when going through the process and is an opportunity to ask questions and meet people who are currently firefighters. Reservations are requested for these events. If you plan on attending, please email your name and a contact phone number to Please put “Firefighter Information Session” in the subject line.

Saturday, December 10, 2022
10:00 a.m.
801 S. 11th Street in Springfield

Thursday, December 15, 2022
5:30 p.m.
Municipal Center
300 S. 7th Street, 3rd floor – in the Council Chambers

Open Houses

The Springfield Fire Department is also hosting a series of Open Houses for the community at neighborhood fire stations. This is an opportunity to tour one of the station houses potential candidates may be assigned to and meet others from the department and ask your questions. Anyone from the community can stop by anytime during the following dates and times. No reservations are required.

Saturday, November 19, 2022
10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Station 5: 1723 E. Clay Street

Saturday, December 3, 2022
10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Station 2: 2810 Stevenson Drive


  • U.S. Citizen
  • Not younger than 20 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:  
 Click Here

To review the Springfield Firefighter Job Description: 
 Click Here


  • Probationary Firefighter – $54,882.40 (1st year)
  • Probationary Firefighter – $62,722.75 (2nd year)
  • Probationary Firefighter – $70,563.09 (3rd year)
  • Firefighter $78,403.43


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

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