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Elburn & Countryside Fire Protection District conducts an “in-house” basic firefighter operation training academy once annually to develop our future firefighters.  This program meets and exceeds Illinois’ Office of State Fire Marshal’s (OSFM) minimum requirements for “Basic Operations Firefighter” (BOF) certification eligibility.  Our comprehensive classroom and “hands-on” training program not only include the BOF training but also provides the following training necessary for these certifications:

  • Courage to be Safe
  • Fire Service Vehicle Operator (FSVO)
  • Hazardous Material Operations.

The backbone of our training program is the emphasis on our shared values, known as “The Elburn Way,” and fosters team comradery to set the tone for what it is like to work as a firefighter.  This program will prepare the recruits to become functional members of the fire department at a basic level.

Open the links below for additional details on the recruit program.

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Recruitment Program Information

The recruit academy generally runs from early January through May, with classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00 – 10:00 pm and typically 8:00-5:00 pm on Saturdays.

Entrance into this program is granted through a competitive testing process.  This process includes a written entrance exam that evaluates math, reading, mechanical aptitude, general reasoning, and human relations.  This test is completed online at the candidate’s leisure, anytime within the specified timeframe.      

To be eligible for testing and program consideration, candidates must meet all of the following requirements:  Qualify you must be/ have:

  • Age of 18 at the time of the testing deadline
  • Must be a United States citizen or provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States.
  • Recruits must be able to speak, read, and write fluently in English.
  • Applicant must have (and maintain) a valid Illinois driver’s license.
  • Applicant must provide proof of a High School Diploma/ GED by the orientation session date.
  • Must possess a current Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) license or be willing to earn one within seven months after completing the BOF class.

To earn a conditional offer of acceptance into our program, candidates must:

  • Successfully pass the written examination.
  • Complete an interview with the selection panel.
  • Earn the requisite final score (combination of your written exam and oral interview) to be placed on an eligibility list. 
  • A finite number of candidates will be given a conditional offer of acceptance into the recruit training program.  If the conditional offer is accepted, candidates must successfully complete an NFPA 1582 medical examination and background check (both at the Fire District’s expense), to be formally accepted into the program.

After completing the BOF program, members with their BOF and EMT certifications may be eligible to work as part-time members in our daily staffing and callback situations.    These members may earn the option of being an apprentice part-time member (APT) as positions become available.  The APT position is scheduled for 24 hours on, followed by 48 hours off, working alongside our full-time members, with the APTs working eight 24-hour shifts each month.  

This is an extremely rewarding opportunity to enhance your knowledge, skills, and abilities to help our community through your service as a department member.  Applications can be found on the website or picked up at the station anytime. 

Applications can be turned into ECFPD station 1, 200 E Rt 38 Elburn IL, 60119.  Completed applications and testing are due by 3:00 pm on to October 31, 2023 to be eligible for consideration in joining the January program.

Please follow ECFPD on our social media and website for further information when applications are due.

If you have any further questions please email Lt. Ryan Seggebruch, rseggebruch@elburnfire.gov or FF/PM Sean Darlak, sdarlak@elburnfire.gov

Thank you for your interest in learning more about this exciting opportunity.

 

 

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