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City of Bloomington


Contact Information


City of Bloomington
109 E. Olive Street
Bloomington, IL 61701

Phone Number:

  • 309-434-2602

Fax Number:

  • 309-434-2831

Position Information

Application Deadline:

  • 09/01/20


  • Probationary Firefighter (12 months): $59,523.22

    • First year: $68,611.77
    • Second year: $73,657.95
    • Third year (base): $81,254.35

Sworn Officers:

  • 106


  • 76,610

Position Details

The City of Bloomington Fire Department is now accepting applications for Firefighter/Paramedic.

The City has a population of 76,610 with 102 full time employees within the Fire Department.

"The mission of the Bloomington Fire Department is protecting life and property; minimizing the impacts of fire, medical emergencies, and other natural or man-made disasters without subjecting our personnel to unreasonable risk. Our mission is accomplished through public education, fire prevention, code enforcement, fire suppression, emergency medical services, hazardous materials mitigation and fire investigation. We are dedicated to completing our mission in a competent and professional manner."

The hiring process and requirements are listed below.

For additional information and to apply online, please visit:

Hiring Process: 

  • Step 1: Apply online at
  • Step 2: Online exam with passing score of 70% or above
  • Step 3: Oral Interview
  • Step 4: Background
  • Step 5: Polygraph
  • Step 6: Physical, Drug Screen and Psychological Exam

Hours of Work:

Rotating 24 hours on-duty, 48 hours off duty

Basic Requirements for Probationary Firefighter:

  • Age:
    • Minimum: 20 years-old to test as of test date and 21 years-old at time of appointment
    • Maximum: 34 years-old as of test date Age exemptions for individuals who were previously employed as a fulltime firefighter in a regularly constituted fire department, see State Statute 65 ILCS 5/10-2. 1-6.3
  • Physical Requirements: Proof of successful completion of the CPAT test and documentation of ability to climb ladders required at time of hire. CPAT card with ladder climb that is no more than one year old from the issuance date at the time of job offer.
  • Vision: Far visual acuity shall be at least 20/30 binocular corrected with contact lenses or glasses. Far visual acuity uncorrected shall be at least 20/100 binocular for wearers of hard contacts or glasses. Successful long-term soft contact lenses shall not be subject to uncorrected criterion. Peripheral Vision- Visual field performance without correction shall be 140 degrees in the horizontal meridian in each eye. Must be able to distinguish red from green for color blindness.
  • Education: High school diploma or its equivalent.
  • Residence: Within eighteen months of initial appointment employees must reside within a 25 mile radius from the intersection of Locust and North Main Streets in Bloomington. A copy of this map can be viewed and downloaded here.
  • Service Agreement: Prior to employment with the City of Bloomington a signed service agreement is required. The agreement is for reimbursement for training and equipment costs if a probationary firefighter terminates their employment with the City of Bloomington prior to successful completion of their probationary period.
  • Licenses and Certifications: Must possess an Illinois Emergency Medical Technician Paramedic (EMT-P) license at the time of job offer. Candidates are eligible to test if they submit proof of enrollment in certified Illinois Paramedic Program. If the candidate has a National Registry paramedic license, they may participate and apply for the IDPH license later. Candidates with an out-of-state or National Registry paramedic license can receive information and apply for the Illinois paramedic license reciprocity process by contacting the Illinois Department of Public Health (217-278-5900 or Typically this procedure takes approximately six to eight weeks. During the candidate's probationary year he/she will need to be accepted into the McLean County Area EMS System. For more information contact: 309-827-4348 or Certification as a firefighter is not required to test or for original appointment. Probationary firefighters will attend and must graduate from an Office of the State Fire Marshal approved recruit firefighter academy. They must obtain OSFM Advanced Firefighter and Hazardous Materials Operation certifications. Candidates with out-of-state or military firefighter certifications will attend the recruit academy. The OSFM does not offer reciprocity for certifications.
  • Character: Must be of good moral character as determined by a background investigation. Must agree to be fingerprinted and found not to have been convicted of a felony or certain misdemeanors as listed in the Illinois State Statutes. A copy of offenses can be viewed and downloaded at:

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