Firefighter/Paramedic

Wood Dale Fire Protection District

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Contact Information

Address:

Wood Dale Fire Protection District
589 N. Wood Dale Road
Wood Dale, IL 60191

Website:

Phone:

  • 630-214-9671

Position Information

Application Deadline:

  • 03/15/24

Salary:

  • Starting: $80,126 - $83,126, based on certifications

    After 3 Years: $107,824

    Benefit Information:

    • Top pay after 3 years
    • An additional $3000 available in certification pay.
    • Longevity Pay starts after 4 years and is compounding. $400/year starting your 5th year, then $500/year starting in your 15th year. Example: 20-year Firefighter makes an additional $7,000/year in longevity pay
    • Flex Time/Comp Time is available in lieu of overtime pay for extra hours worked. This can be banked for additional time off.
    • Competitive time off package: Kelly Days, Vacation Time, Personal Days, Sick Time all available to Candidates.
    • Industry leading insurance coverage with low-cost premiums and no out of pocket costs to the employee for medical care. Currently a BC/BS PPO with entire deductible paid by district.
    • Retirement Health Insurance: employer matching VEBA plan along with a 115 plan, and end of career time bank payout to allow for post-employment health coverage.
    • Progressive training program that participates in monthly training exercises with neighboring departments.
    • Generous training program that encourages outside classes and training
      • Time off covered by the department for classes that are Fire Department Related
      • 40 hours/year of School Time for classes that are Non-Fire Department Related, including college courses
    • $100,000 life insurance coverage
    • Illinois Article 4 Downstate Pension Plan

Sworn:

  • 26

Population:

  • 15,000

Position Details

The Wood Dale Fire Protection is hiring for the position of Firefighter/Paramedic.

There are 2 immediate vacancies.

Candidates are required to complete the NTN FireTeam exam, PSSA & PHQ by the application deadline of March 15th, 2024. The first round of applications will be processed on March 15th, 2024, but candidates are welcome to continue applying after that date for future lists to fit the District's needs.

Department Overview:

The Wood Dale Fire Protection District employs 26 full-time sworn personnel and one full-time Administrative Assistant. We have 1 Fire Chief, 1 Deputy Chief, 3 Battalion Chiefs, 3 Lieutenants, and 18 firefighters covering 3 shifts working 24 hours on duty and 48 hours off duty. The Fire District operates out of two firehouses and answers approximately 2,500 calls for service each year, with 70% of our calls being EMS related. We are a proud member of MABAS Division 12, and equally proud of our ISO Class 2/2Y rating.

Being a smaller department allows our members an opportunity to be more involved in the day-to-day operations. Our members are encouraged and empowered to have extra duties beyond being a Firefighter/Paramedic.

We are an all-hazard department that embraces a culture that encourages training and personal & professional development. Our comprehensive training program assures that our members stay proficient at their current positions, while also being prepared for future promotions. We are part of a training cooperative that includes 3 neighboring departments, which allows us to conduct monthly auto aid drills. This training model has proven effective on emergency scenes, with seamless multi-jurisdictional operations. Over 80% of our members are active on a specialty team, which includes Technical Rescue, Water Rescue, Hazardous Materials, or Fire Investigation Task Force.

Area Information:

The Wood Dale Fire Protection District covers approximately 6 square miles in northeast DuPage County near O'Hare International Airport. Our Fire District is comprised of a mix of residential, commercial, and industrial. Most of our area is single family residential with a commercial corridor that runs through the center of town. We cover 10 residential high-rises with the tallest being 16 stories, and one upscale assisted living facility. The north side of our district is mostly industrial and adjoins a large Cook County industrial park. We also cover portions of the I-390 Expressway and a large unincorporated area. This gives our department a well-rounded call volume, without the repeat locations requiring a high volume of calls.

Population:

  • 15,000 - Residential
  • 35,000 - Daytime 

Job Requirements:

  • Age: 21-35 years of age at time of hire, unless otherwise exempt by statute
  • Citizenship Required: Yes
  • High School Grad/GED: Yes
  • Valid State Issued Driver's License: Yes
  • Ability to Read/Speak English: Yes
  • Vision: Able to meet standard set forth in NFPA 1582
  • College: Not required, but may qualify for preference points
  • Criminal Record: No felony convictions
  • Academy Certification: IL OSFM Firefighter II or IL OSFM BOF
  • Prior Experience: Not required, but may qualify for preference points
  • Required Documentation:
    • Completed Personal History Questionnaire (PHQ) through NTN
    • Valid State Issued Driver's License
    • High School Diploma or Equivalent
    • Copy of Birth Certificate as Proof of Citizenship (the following documents are accepted, with only one needed)
      • COPY of U.S. County/State-Issued Birth Record
      • COPY of VALID U.S. Passport
      • COPY of Naturalization Papers
      • Hospital-issued birth certificates are not accepted
  • IDPH or National Registry Paramedic License
    • If currently in Paramedic School, then a letter from Lead Instructor indicating expected graduation date is needed.
  • IL OSFM BOF or Firefighter II
  • CPAT: Proof of successfully passing
  • Additional Requirements: Successful completion of a Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) with Ladder Climb Certification by a licensed agency within twelve (12) months prior to a conditional offer of employment. 

Hiring Process:

Candidates receiving an offer of employment must successfully pass post-offer screenings including but not limited to:

  1. FBI Fingerprinting Check
  2. Background Investigation
  3. Psychological Exam
  4. Oral Interview with Fire Commission 

After completing these, the next step in the hiring process is to complete an In-depth Pre-Employment Medical Exam.

Preference Points:

Eligible Candidates can submit for Preference Points in writing to the Board of Fire Commissioners (Forms 2B, 2C, and Candidate Affidavit) within ten (10) days of the Initial Eligibility List being posted. After ten (10) days, the Final Eligibility List will be posted.

  • Veterans/Military (5 Points Available): DD214 Long Form required
  • Previous Experience (5 Points Available): 2 years minimum experience needed and must be with a District or Municipality. Private employer or contract service time not allowed.
    • 1 Point for each year of Full-Time Experience
    • 0.5 Point for each year of Part-Time or Paid on Call Experience
  • In-System Paramedic (5 Points Available): Must be a Paramedic in Good Standing with Northwest Community EMS System (NWCEMSS), with an attached Letter of Good Standing from NWCEMSS.
  • Education (5 Points Available):
    • 5 Points for a bachelor's degree in a related field
    • 2.5 Points for a bachelor's degree in an unrelated field
    • 2.5 Points for an associate degree in a related field
    • Copy of degree, diploma, or official transcript must be provided at time of points request 

To fill out an application and schedule your written test, go to:

www.nationaltestingnetwork.com

Select Firefighter Jobs and sign up for the Wood Dale Fire Protection District test

What to expect at the www.nationaltestingnetwork.com website:

  • Completion of the application process;
  • Review all information related to the position and details about the testing process;
  • Opportunity to take online practice tests;
  • Schedule your own convenient test time. Tests are offered multiple times a week, including Saturdays;
  • Take high quality job simulation tests in a standardized, fair testing environment; Upon completion of the written test, all candidate scores will be automatically forwarded to the WDFPD hiring officials. Candidates who attain a passing score will be placed on the department's pool of eligible candidates to continue to participate in other stages of the selection process.

Contact Information:

Deputy Chief Christopher Steines

630-214-9671

csteines@wdfd.org



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