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AGE:   Minimum age at the time of hire is 21 years old.  Maximum age at the time of application is 34 years old except:  Applicants having previous full-time employment on an Illinois Fire Department or with an Illinois Fire Protection District; or applicants who have served the hiring department (as volunteer, paid-on-call, or part-time) for the five (5) years preceding the time the Department begins to use full-time firefighters.

EDUCATION: Minimum: Graduation from High School or GED equivalent minimum to apply.  Prefer applicants with Fire Science college courses or degree in Fire Science or related field, and emergency medical technician (EMT) certification.

OTHER: U.S. Citizenship; valid driver’s license; physical condition to perform the essential functions of the position and pass physical agility exam; no felony conviction.

RESIDENCY: Applicants need not be residents of the City to apply.  If hired, must establish and maintain permanent Peoria City residency at the end of one-year probationary period for ten full years of service.

PHYSICAL AGILITY EXAMINATION: CPAT (Candidate Physical Agility Test).  CPAT card must be valid within one year of the Written Exams (1/30, 1/31 or 2/1/2020).


CPAT Orientation Sessions:  10/24/19, 10/26/19, and 11/2/19 from 8am – 2pm;

CPAT Open Gym:  10/29/19, 11/5/19, 11/7/19, 11/12/19, 11/14/19, 11/19/19, 11/21/19, 11/26/19, 12/3/19, 12/5/19, 12/10/19, 12/12/19; 6pm – 9pm;

CPAT Timed Practice Test Sessions:  12/7/19 and 12/14/19; 8am – 4pm;

CPAT Final Test Examinations:  12/20/19 – 2pm – 7pm; 12/21/19 – 8am – 4pm; 1/10/20 – 2pm – 7pm; and 1/11/20 – 8am – 4pm. Cost of the CPAT Card is $150 (Non City of Peoria Residents) and FREE (City of Peoria Residents) Must provide proof of residency (Valid State of Illinois Driver’s License).  (Cash, certified check, and money order accepted only) Call 309-494-8721 to schedule an appointment for Orientations, Practice Test Sessions and Final Test Examinations.  No appointment for Open Gyms.

WRITTEN EXAM ORIENTATION: Orientation sessions will be held at Peoria Public Library, 107 NE Monroe, (Basement-Auditorium), Peoria, Illinois on Wednesday, 1/15/20, 4pm – 6pm OR Saturday, 1/18/20, 9:30am – 11:30am. NOT MANDATORY

WRITTEN EXAMINATIONS:  Thursday, 1/30/20 at 6pm (Must report by 5:45pm) OR Friday, 1/31/20 OR Saturday, 2/1/20, at 9am. (Must report by 8:45am)  You can choose which examination you would like to attend.  There is no sign up needed. NO ONE ADMITTED AFTER 6PM or 9AM – NO EXCEPTIONS, Gateway Building, 200 Northeast Water Street, 3rd Floor Ballroom, Peoria, IL  61602.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Applications must be received by 5pm, Monday, January 13, 2020, or postmarked or faxed by January 13, 2020.  Application must include a copy of the applicant’s certified birth certificate, (copy of registered certificate, not hospital copy with footprints), copy of driver’s license, a copy of high school diploma or high school transcript or GED certificate (Even if you have a college degree) and a copy of CPAT card (You can submit your CPAT card at a later date before the deadline).

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