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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-14-2005, 01:02 AM Thread Starter
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Hey guys, I started to think about firefighter career long time ago. Since, there is nobody I can ask, I am asking my fellow riders. So, where should I go? Requirements? I've heard that there will be an entrance exam this spring in Chicago. How can I prepare myself? Is that only way to enter this career? Any firefighters on the board? A lot of questions but, I hope, someone can help me. Any info will be GREATLY appreciated. Thanks.
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Originally Posted by maciej-xx
I've heard that there will be an entrance exam this spring in Chicago. How can I prepare myself?
If you aren't doing on call fire fighter work and have a really good "in" it's going to be tough. I know guys that have been working and preparing for many, many years for a chance to test for Chicago. It's worth a shot I guess.

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The easiest way to get in is to get into the medical side. 90% of departments require EMT-Basic and a growing # are now requiring a Paramedic license. Rumor has it the city is requiring EMT-B for their upcoming test.

For example I tested for elmhurst last year who required a EMT-basic license and there were 500 other people also shooting for 1 or 2 spots. A buddy tested for Streamwood who required a paramedic license and there were only 60 applicants (and they were hiring 6). So do the math, it's much easier to get hired if you're a medic. I've never tested at a place that had no requirements but I can only imagine the # of applicants. I just graduated the Christ hospital paramedic program so I'm going to start testing everywhere. Goodluck

Here is the requirements copied and pasted for Schiller Park right now. Most of the suburban departments are like this:

Applicants must be at least 21 years of age, but less that 35 years of age on December 23, 2005 (applicants who are 20 years of age and have successfully completed two years of fire science studies at an accredited college or university may be eligible to apply). All applicants must be licensed as a Paramedic in the State of Illinois at time of application. Appointment to the eligibility list will be based on a written, physical agility, and oral exam. Final determination will be made upon completion of a psychological, polygraph, and medical examination. Cooperation with a background check is also required.

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