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· Minimum Age: 21 (as
of the date of written examination).
· Maximum Age: 34 (as of the
date of written examination per State Statute).
· United States
Citizen (native-born or naturalized at time of the oral interview).
· High School Graduate (or GED).
· Physically capable of performing
the duties of a Firefighter/Paramedic.
· Proof of successful
completion of the “Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT)”.
· Preference points are available to
qualified candidates. Details are on the Village of Wheeling’s
Fire Department web page.
Fire Department: (847) 459-2662 (Monday thru Friday) or
The Village of Wheeling is an Equal Opportunity Employer and a
drug-free work environment
All questions should be referred to the Wheeling Fire Department at
(847) 459-2662 during regular business hours.
All positions for Firefighter/Paramedic with the Wheeling
Fire Department are filled from an initial eligibility list that
is recreated every two (2) years. Notice of the testing process
is posted in various local/regional newspapers, on local Cable
Channel 17, and on the Village of Wheeling web page several
weeks before the actual testing process begins.
1) Employment Application - available for personal pickup several weeks prior to the written
There is a registration/application fee of
$25.00 payable by cash or personal check. No credit cards
or debit cards accepted.
2) Comprehensive Written Examination - minimum passing score
3) Physical Agility Test - candidates must show proof of successful completion of the
"Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) from an approved agency no
more than twelve (12) months prior to taking the
written examination. Currently, the CPAT may be taken at the
following local agencies:
o Northeastern Illinois Public Safety Training Academy
(NIPSTA), 2300 Patriot Blvd., Glenview, IL 60026
o Southwest United Fire Districts (SUFD) Academy –
CPAT Division, firstname.lastname@example.org
Proof of successful CPAT completion will be accepted from
other fire service agencies as long as the fire service agency
is licensed by the International Association of Firefighter (IAFF)
as a valid licensed CPAT agency and includes the required State
of Illinois "ladder climb" portion. Proof of licensure of the
testing agency will be required prior to the candidate taking
the written examination.
4) Preference Points (maximum of thirty (30) points):
Veteran's Points/Military Service with an "Honorable Discharge" (requires a DD214): five (5) points.
Education Points: College degrees from an accredited College of
University, as follows:
Bachelor's Degree (any curriculum): 2 points
• Associate's Degree (Fire Science or related): 1 point
(Note: Applicant can only receive points on the highest
Paramedic Points: current State of Illinois license:
five (5) points
Experience Points: applicants employed by a municipality
(full-time, part-time, or paid-on-call) in the State of
• Any combination of Firefighter II
(State of Illinois), EMT – B (National), and/or EMT – I
(National): half a point (0.5)
for each year of successful service up to a maximum of five (5)
• Any combination of
Firefighter III (State of Illinois), Paramedic (National): one
(1) point for each year of successful
service up to a maximum of five (5) points.
(Note: Applicant can only receive
points on the highest certification received.
o Lateral Hire Preference: applicants employed full-time by a
municipality or fire protection district (State of Illinois) as
a “Firefighter” or “Firefighter/Paramedic” for a minimum of two
(2) years: five (5) points.
o Residency: applicants with verifiable proof of residency
Village of Wheeling: two (2) points.
In addition to the testing process, candidates must meet the
following minimum requirements:
1) Minimum of twenty-one (21) years of age and less than
thirty-five (35) years of age as of the date of the written
examination (per State of Illinois Statute). Proof of age is required.
2) United States citizen (per State of Illinois Statute). Proof of citizenship required.
3) Visual Acuity:
o 20/30 or corrected to 20/30 in each eye.
o Red, yellow, and green color vision.
o Sufficient peripheral vision to have obtained or be able
to obtain a State of Illinois motor vehicle driver's
o Binocular vision with normal depth perception.
o No pathological conditions that currently impairs
or will impair vision.
o Peripheral vision in the horizontal meridian of more
than 100 degrees in both eyes
o No hearing deficit in the pure tone thresholds in the
worst unaided ear:
1. Greater than 25 dB in three (3) of the four (4)
frequencies: 500 Hz, 1000 Hz, 2000 Hz, 3000 Hz
2. Greater than 30 dB in any one of the three (3)
frequencies: 500 Hz, 1000 Hz, 2000 Hz
3. An average greater than 30 dB for the four (4)
frequencies: 500 Hz, 1000 Hz, 2000 Hz, 3000 Hz
As vacancies occur, candidates are drawn from the
eligibility list for:
* Oral Examination (Formal Interview)
* Psychological Examination.
* Polygraph Examination.
* Medical Examination (Includes Drug Abuse Testing).