Peoria Fire Department Employment Opportunities

2022 Shift 2

The City of Peoria is accepting applications for the next Firefighter testing process. At this time we don’t have a date selected, but if you apply, you will be automatically notified when the testing process begins. 

 Please visit our application website to apply online or email our Careers Team with any questions.


AGE: Minimum age at the time of hire is 21 years old. Maximum age at the time of application is 34 years old except: Applicants having previous full-time employment on an Illinois Fire Department or with an Illinois Fire Protection District; or applicants who have served the hiring department (as volunteer, paid-on-call, or part-time) for the five (5) years preceding the time the Department begins to use full-time firefighters.

EDUCATION: Minimum: Graduation from High School or GED equivalent minimum to apply. Prefer applicants with Fire Science college courses or degree in Fire Science or related field, and emergency medical technician (EMT) certification.

OTHER: U.S. Citizenship; valid driver’s license; physical condition to perform the essential functions of the position and pass physical agility exam; no felony conviction.

RESIDENCY: Applicants need not be residents of the City to apply. If hired, shall establish and maintain principal residence in the City of Peoria by the end of your one-year probationary period. After ten (10) full years, may establish and maintain residence within the City of Peoria or outside the City within a twenty (20) mile radius of the Peoria Fire Central headquarters.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Must be able to perform the essential functions of the position and pass the CPAT (Candidate Physical Agility Test).

EXAMINATIONS: Must pass CPAT and written exams for placement into the Eligibility Pool. If selected for hire, must pass background investigation, oral interviews, polygraph, psychological and medical examinations including a drug screen prior to hire.

TESTING GUIDELINES: When the testing process begins, you will need to fill out an application either online  or get a paper copy (City Hall, 419 Fulton Street, Room 403, Peoria, IL) and submit the required documents (photocopies of your driver’s license, certified birth certificate and high school diploma or transcript or GED certification) to participate in the testing process. You can contact Debra Bush, Affirmative Employment Specialist at 309-494-8578 with any questions or additional information.

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