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Berwyn, Illinois


Berwyn Police Department

c/o Public Safety Recruitment

1127 S. Mannheim Road, Suite 203

Westchester, IL 60154

Phone: 800-343-HIRE  




Application Deadline: 10/17/12 @ Noon




The City of Berwyn will be conducting an open, competitive examination for the position of Firefighter/Paramedic.



Written Examination:




Application deadline will be 12 NOON on Wednesday, October 17, 2012.



Firefighter/Paramedic Testing Process:


The following description is intended to serve only as a general summary of the Cityís Firefighter/Paramedic hiring process.



Elements of the selection process include:

  • The online application process

  • Written examination

  • City of Berwyn supplemental physical ability test

  • Proof of completion of Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) and Ladder Climb Certification.

Testing is typically conducted every two years.



When testing takes place, all individuals interested in becoming a Firefighter/Paramedic must meet the following requirements:

  • $50.00 non-refundable application fee;

  • U.S. Citizen;

  • Valid Driverís License (Must have a valid Illinois Driverís license at time of hire);

  • 21 to under 35 years of age at time of written exam (11/17/2012);

  • Certified Illinois Department of Public Health Paramedic;

  • Able to gain approval into Loyola Hospital EMS System upon employment;

  • Must be a Illinois Certified Firefighter II/Basic Operations Firefighter with the Illinois Office of the State Fire Marshal;

  • Must have a valid CPAT and Ladder Climb Certification issued within one year prior to written exam date (11/17/2012);

  • Must PASS the Supplemental Physical Ability Test on test day (11/17/2012) in order to continue on to the written examination;

  • Must have the ability to read, write and speak English. Bi-lingual a plus;

  • Must be a resident of Cook, Dupage, Lake, Kane, McHenry, or Will County, Illinois at the time of employment at the end of probationary period of one (1) year;

  • Completion and submission of online application and all required documents by noon on Wednesday, October 17, 2012.


Applicants are processed in subsequent steps as follows:

  • Completion of online application and submission of all required documents.

  • Proof of completion of Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) and Ladder Climb issued within 12 months prior to written exam date (11/17/2012).

  • Mandatory orientation, City of Berwyn physical ability test and written examination.

  • Initial Oral Examination by Board

  • An Initial Eligibility List of applicants will be established in numeric order based on a minimum passing score on the written examination and oral interview (written exam, 70%; oral interview, 30%).    

  • Submission of proof of preference points (5 pts. Ė Minimum of one year active military duty with honorable discharge, verifiable by copy of DD-214 showing honorable discharge; 2.5 pts. - City of Berwyn Resident, verifiable by providing two of the following documents: Utility Bill, Voterís Card, Driverís License, FOID Card, Vehicle Registration, Passport; 2.5 pts. Ė Illinois Firefighter III/Advanced Firefighter Certificate issued by the Office of the State Fire Marshal)

  • A Final Eligibility List which includes all preference points will be established.

  • The eligibility list is valid for a period of two years from the date of certification by the Board of Fire & Police Commissioners.


Further participation in the selection process will take place as vacancies occur.  Applicants will be invited, in rank order, to participate in and successfully advance through the following steps.  

  • Must gain approval into Loyola Hospital EMS System

  • Background investigation

  • In-depth psychological evaluation after conditional offer of employment

  • Medical examination including drug screen after conditional offer of employment



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