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The Woodstock Fire/Rescue District employs a variety of individuals; ranging from cadets just learning the ropes, to highly trained firefighter/paramedics. Pursuing a career in the fire service is one of the most challenging and competitive career paths in the United States. The responsibilities and expectations of a firefighter require ongoing training, commitment, and integrity. The Woodstock Fire/Rescue District seeks to identify and train candidates that portray the traits of a firefighter through an organized approach to career preparation and education.
Take a look at the opportunities below to see where you may fit in with our team. No matter which category you qualify for, we can help get you the training, education and experience you need to begin your career in the fire service. Click on the APPLY NOW button to submit your application.
Looking to become a firefighter/paramedic? Take a look at the Emergency Services Academy options listed below.
Already a firefighter/paramedic and looking for part-time employment? Take a look at the Part-Time employment options below.
Emergency Services Academy
The Emergency Services Academy offers step-by-step guidance to prospective firefighters as they prepare for the challenges of the job. Those interested in pursuing a career in the fire service are invited to apply. Depending on prior experience, applicants may be placed anywhere within the educational track below.
Candidates who are accepted into the program that have no prior experience or training will begin as a “Recruit” – Tier 1. Candidates will enroll through McHenry County College into the Emergency Medical Responder (EMS-105) course and the Introduction to Fire Science (FRS-101) course. Both of these courses provide the foundation for future curriculum and provide a basis of understanding of the services provided by fire departments in Northern Illinois. These courses are offered on campus at McHenry County College.
Estimated completion time: 5 months
Upon successful completion of the EMS-105 and FRS-101 courses, or proof of prior successful completion, candidates who are accepted into the program will begin as a “Recruit” – Tier 2. During this phase, candidates will enroll in the Emergency Medical Technician (EMS-110) course through McHenry County College. This course builds on the foundation of EMS identified in the EMS-105 curriculum and prepares candidates to sit for the Illinois Department of Public Health licensure exam. A licensed EMT is the minimum level of training required to be considered for employment within an emergency medical services organization.
Estimated completion time: 7 months
Candidates that are licensed as an Emergency Medical Technician through the State of Illinois will be placed into the “Cadet” – Tier 1 level. Candidates at this level will enroll in the Basic Operations Firefighter (FRS-150) course through McHenry County College. During this course, candidates will receive the required training on fire suppression, specialized rescue and other core job functions. Shift assignments will be given at this time and candidates will be expected to participate in a 24 hour shift, every 6th day.
Estimated completion time: 8 months
Candidates at this level will enroll in the Human Biology (BIO-110) course through McHenry County College. This course is a prerequisite for consideration to be accepted into the Paramedic program. Candidates will also receive a training manual with a list of objectives that must be completed prior to being considered for the paramedic program.
Estimated completion time: 5 months
Upon completion of all of the above requirements, students may be eligible to apply for sponsorship in the paramedic program offered through McHenry County College. Candidates must first apply for sponsorship through Woodstock Fire/Rescue District, and, if accepted, must then apply for acceptance into the program through McHenry Western Lake County EMS. Upon acceptance into the program, students will enroll in the Paramedic (EMS-120, EMS-121, EMS-122, EMS-123) courses. Upon completion of the course, students will be eligible to sit for the Illinois Department of Public Health licensure exam.
Estimated completion time: 12 months
Once a candidate completes all of the required training modules and is certified through the Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal as a Basic Operations Firefighter and is licensed through the Illinois Department of Public Health as a Paramedic, they may apply to Woodstock Fire/Rescue District to be considered for employment. Employment opportunities are limited to availability. Completion of the Emergency Services Academy does not guarantee future employment with the Woodstock Fire/Rescue District or any other fire or EMS agency.
Program Time Table
The table below illustrates the possible time frame in which a candidate may complete the training requirements. Actual time frames will be determined by candidate success and available openings within training modules.
|Recruit – Tier 1||August – Year 1 through December – Year 1|
|Recruit – Tier 2||January – Year 2 through July – Year 2|
|Cadet – Tier 1||August – Year 2 through February – Year 3|
|Cadet – Tier 2||January – Year 3 through June – Year 3|
|Apprentice||August – Year 3 through August – Year 4|
Upon completion of all academy requirements, the student will be a certified Basic Operations Firefighter, Illinois licensed paramedic, will have completed nearly 3,000 hours ride time and be eligible to apply for career employment to nearly every fire department in the State of Illinois. Continued employment with WFRD will be contingent upon available positions.
The Woodstock Fire/Rescue District is a combination department, employing both full-time and part-time firefighter/paramedics. In order to be considered for part time employment, applicants must possess their Basic Operations Firefighter (Firefighter II) certificate through the Office of the State Fire Marshall, and be a licensed paramedic in good standing with the State of Illinois. National Registry Paramedics may apply for employment but will be required to obtain Illinois licensure prior to beginning employment.
Part-time employment with the Woodstock Fire/Rescue District offers several competitive benefits.
- For most part-time positions, employees work a set schedule. This set schedule allows employees to budget fixed income and not have to compete for shift assignments each month.
- The Woodstock Fire/Rescue District runs more than 4,200 calls annually out of three stations. This call volume ensures that employees are exposed to a high volume and wide variety of emergency calls. The result is a well-rounded and experienced employee that will be an asset in any full-time position.
- In most scenarios, part-time employees are assigned to work with career employees that offer mentoring and guidance in career development.
- Depending on the number of hours worked, some benefits are available to part-time employees, including insurance and paid time off.
If you are currently a firefighter/paramedic and would like to be considered for employment, please complete the online application.
Employment Application Process
Individuals who wish to participate in the Emergency Services Academy or be considered for part-time employment must complete the online application.
Individuals applying to participate in the program as a high school senior must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher throughout high school. Applicants must also be in good standing with the school district, have a satisfactory attendance record and be endorsed by the school district.
Individuals applying to participate in the program as a cadet must be a licensed EMT through the Illinois Department of Public Health and in good standing. Applicants who have completed the EMT curriculum and are eligible to sit for the state licensing exam may complete the application and testing process. However, if the applicant does not have the license in hand at the time of processing, the applicant must provide payment for all processing costs (physical, background check, finger prints, etc.), up front, to WFRD. The applicant will not be reimbursed for these expenses. Further, if the applicant fails to become licensed as an EMT within 60 days of the written exam, the applicant will be dismissed from the program.
Individuals applying for part-time employment are subject to the same provisions as stated in the paragraph above, with regards to their IDPH paramedic license or OSFM BOFF certificate.
A general information orientation will be held each year prior to the written examination to outline the expectations and requirements of the testing and application process. Attendance at the orientation is mandatory for all applicants.
Individuals who properly complete the online application, attend the orientation and meet the requirements to be considered for employment will be required to take a written examination. Applicants must pass the exam with a score of 70% to be eligible to move forward in the application process.
Applicants will be required to complete a physical performance evaluation. Candidates must complete the associated physical assessment to qualify for advancement to the next level. The physical evaluation is held each spring in conjunction with the application and testing process.
Applicants seeking part-time employment may submit a valid CPAT card dated less than 6-months prior to the application, in lieu of participation in the physical evaluation.
An oral interview will be the final step of the application process. Each candidate must attend an oral interview with a panel of evaluators selected by Woodstock Fire/Rescue District. Depending on the number of applicants, the department may elect to hold group or individual interviews and may require more than one interview before making a final recommendation.
After successfully completing the steps above, applicants will be notified of their provisional eligibility to participate in the program. Once an applicant has received notice of their provisional eligibility, they will be required to authorize the department to submit for a background check, driving abstract and health physical.
Applicants that have cleared all components of provisional eligibility will be notified of their acceptance into the program.