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The Board of Fire & Police Commissioners of the City of Effingham, Illinois will hold entry level firefighter testing beginning with a mandatory orientation followed by a written examination on Saturday, September 19, 2020.  Orientation will begin promptly at 8:45 AM followed by written examination at 9:00 AM. The top 50 candidates passing the written examination will then take part in the oral interviews scheduled on Saturday, October 3, 2020 at 11:00 AM.  This process will establish an eligibility list for the position of FIREFIGHTER for the City of Effingham Fire Department.   

The mandatory orientation, written testing, and oral interviews will be held at City Hall,  Council Chambers,  201 E. Jefferson Avenue, Effingham, Illinois 62401.  Doors for the orientation will open at 8:30 AM and the orientation program begins promptly at 8:45 AM.  Anyone arriving after 8:45 AM will not be admitted.  Details relating to the testing process will be discussed at the orientation.  Spouses are encouraged to attend with applicants.  Applicants must bring with them a current legible photo ID.

All applicants for a position with the Fire Department shall possess a valid Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) Certificate, as well as an approved Ladder Climb Card, issued by a qualified testing facility no more than 365 days prior to the date scheduled for the written exam. The applicant shall obtain the CPAT Certificate at his or her own expense.

An applicant must be a U.S. Citizen, at least 21 and under 35 years of age, possess a valid driver’s license, Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) Certificate as well as an approved Ladder Climb Card issued by a qualified testing facility no more than 365 days prior to the date scheduled for the written exam, and a high school diploma or G.E.D.  All applications must include a copy of the applicant’s valid Driver’s License, Military Service Record, Military Discharge Papers, Social Security Card, High School Diploma or G.E.D. Certificate, College or University Diploma, and certified copy of College or University transcripts.

Applications are available at Effingham City Hall, Administration Offices, 201 E. Jefferson Avenue, Effingham, and on the City’s website at http://www.effinghamil.comApplications and all required supplemental documents must be returned to Jane Kemper at Effingham City Hall along with a $25 non-refundable testing fee no later than 11:00 A.M. on Monday, September 7, 2020.  Candidates with incomplete applications will not be allowed to take part in the examination process.  All questions should be directed to Jane Kemper, Secretary to the Board of Fire & Police Commissioners via email at or phone 217-342-5300 extension 5308 Monday thru Friday 7:30 AM – 4:30 PM.

The City of Effingham is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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