Price: $35.00

Job Description:

Job Posted on June 4, 2024

***Attention***  In light of all of the ever changing guidelines regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) we are implementing safe standards and minimizing person to person contact. We are asking our applicants to PLEASE DO NOT turn in applications in person unless it is absolutely necessary. During business hours and after closing please place application packets in the black mailbox outside of our door suite 160 (until 7:00 pm). Our preference is for you to utilize the United States Postal Service, UPS, FED EX or other couriers.  


The Board of Fire and Police Commissioners for the City of Oak Forest is now accepting applications for the position of Firefighter


Testing is being conducted for an immediate opening and to establish an Eligibility List for future hiring needs.


The City of Oak Forest is on the fast track to becoming one of the premier suburbs in Southwest Cook County. Nestled among picturesque forest preserves and just 24 miles from downtown Chicago, Oak Forest offers something for everyone.  From the nature enthusiast to the urban explorer, from the small business owner to the chief executive officer, from lifelong resident to the new kid on the block. Oak Forest is a community where anything is possible.  Take a ride … see what Oak Forest has to offer.


The Oak Forest Fire Department provides 24-hour fire protection, paramedic service, and emergency response to the residents and businesses of Oak Forest. The department was founded in 1945 and has provided excellent public service through its existence.



Starting Salary: $46,409.00

Top Salary: $102,624.00

Licensed Paramedics Receive a Bonus of $2100.00




Job Requirements:



You must meet the minimum requirements:


  • Citizenship:  Must be a U.S. Citizen

  • Driver’s License:  Must possess a valid Driver’s License at the time of application with the ability to obtain a Class B Non-CDL License in Illinois, or the equivalent in the state of residence, by end of probation.

  • Age Requirement: Applicants must have attained their 21st birthday by the last date for filing applications (7/31/24). Applicants must be under the age of 35 at the date of testing (8/17/24) and at such time as the Final Eligibility List is posted, unless exempt by State Statute 65 IL 5/10-2.1-6., which provides, in part, that the age limitation does not apply to any person previously employed as a full-time firefighter in a regularly constituted fire department of any municipality or fire protection district located in Illinois.

  • Education:  Must have proof of High School Diploma, GED Certificate or High School Proficiency Statement.

  • Certifications and Training:  MUST be Certified or Licensed by the State of Illinois as a Basic Operations Firefighter or Equivalent (Firefighter 2) by the Illinois State Fire Marshall’s Office at the time of application and MUST be a Certified Paramedic at the time of application and at time of hire.

  • Character:  Must have no felony convictions and be of good moral character as described in State Statute 65 IL 5/10-2.1-6.

  • Residence:  At this time there are no stated requirements for residency declared by the City of Oak Forest.

  • Testing:  Must be able to successfully complete all phases of testing.

  • CPAT Card:  Must possess a valid Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) Certification with Ladder Climb Exercise at the time of application issued between 7/31/23 and 7/31/24




Applications will be available online until

July 31, 2024 ~ 2:00 PM



The application deadline is Wednesday, July 31, 2024, at 4:00 PM 


(Note: this is not a postmark date)




All applications must be returned to the office of:



C.O.P.S. and F.I.R.E. Personnel Testing Service

Attn: Oak Forest FD

1251 N. Plum Grove Rd. Suite 160

Schaumburg, IL 60173





It is highly recommended that you use a trackable courier for the return of all of your material.  We are not responsible for lost or delinquent applications.





Application fee is non-refundable


Adobe Reader is required for the application


It can be downloaded for free at:






Applicants must attend the mandatory orientation and test date




Mandatory Orientation and Written Examination


Saturday, August 17, 2024


Registration starts at 8:30 AM


Orientation – 9:00 AM


Written Examination to follow the Orientation





Oak Forest High School (Cafeteria)

15201 S. Central Ave.

Oak Forest, IL 60452



All applications are subject to the Rules and Regulations of the Board of Fire and Police Commissioners of the City of Oak Forest, which is an Equal Opportunity Employer