City of Springfield, Illinois

James O. Langfelder - Mayor

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Become a Springfield Firefighter

Now Recruiting Entry-Level Firefighters

The City of Springfield is actively recruiting new firefighters for the Springfield Fire Department. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, December 19, 2018, at 11:00 p.m. (CST).

Download the information packet here and plan to attend one of the information sessions to learn more about the application process.

Interested candidates then must apply online through the City’s website here. If you do not have access to a computer or internet, public computers are available at the City of Springfield’s Office of Human Resources located at 300 S. 7th Street, Room 309, Monday thru Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Additional public computers are available at Lincoln Library.


  • 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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Information Sessions

Interested in learning more about the application process? We encourage you to attend one of the four information sessions offered by the City of Springfield’s Office of Human Resources. Each of these sessions will take place in the City of Springfield Council Chambers located at 300 S. 7th Street on the 3rd Floor. Check-in begins 30 minutes prior to each session.

  • Saturday, November 3 at 9:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday, November 14 at 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 29 at 5:30 p.m.
To sign-up for one of the orientations, email or call 217.789.2446 with the attendee’s name and the date and time of the session the individual plans to attend.

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

*As of March 15, 2015

Examination Process

  • Attend an optional information/orientation session
  •  Apply online through the City’s website for the Firefighter position.
  • Take the mandatory written exam. It is scheduled for Saturday, December 29, 2018 at Southeast High School at 11:00 a.m. 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. The CPAT is an eight week session that allows applicants the ability to practice before taking the final CPAT to pass and move forward in the testing process. The cost for applicants to take the CPAT is $150. The applicant’s mandatory CPAT and ladder climb certification must be submitted by Monday, March 11, 2019. Hardship waivers are available for those meeting the Federal Poverty Guidelines.
  • Oral Assessment/Interviews will take place in April, 2019
  • Background Investigation
  • Psychological Evaluation
  • Medical Examination, Drug Screening & Functional Capacity Evaluation

To learn more about the CPAT Test
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