Chicago Fire Department Accepting Applications for First Time Since 2005

By Josh McGhee on July 16, 2014 10:41am 

 Applications will be accepted until Sept. 16.
Applications will be accepted until Sept. 16.
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CHICAGO — For the first time in nearly a decade, the City of Chicago will be accepting applications for the position of firefighter-emergency medical technician, the Chicago Fire Department and Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Wednesday.

Job-seekers can apply here.

The department will give a written exam to applicants on Dec. 13-14. After the written exam a background check, drug test, and physical fitness test will also be administered, according to a press release from the mayor's office. A guide to preparing for the physical test can be found here.

There's a $30 fee to apply and all applicants must be at least 18 with a high school diploma or GED. Applicants can be no older than 38 at the time of testing.

No refunds will be given. Those receiving unemployment compensation, supplemental security income, general assistance or income below the federally defined poverty level may be legible for a fee waiver.

Preference will be given to Chicago Public Schools graduates and to qualified applicants who have already successfully completed the Chicago Police and Fire Training Academy. Preference will also be given to  active military personnel and military personnel who have received an honorable or general discharge.

Applicants do not need to be Chicago residents, but those hired will need to live in the city, the mayor's office said.

The Chicago Fire Department is the largest department in the Midwest and one of the largest throughout the country, according to the city's website.

This is the first entrance exam since 2005. Applications will be accepted until Sept. 16.

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