Firefighter Hiring Process

Elmhurst Fire Department (EFD) is a progressive, ISO Class 2 Rated Fire Department. We believe character determines destiny and are committed to providing the highest quality of services to the Elmhurst community. We place a significant importance on training and take pride in utilizing our own state of the art training facility.

The EFD provides 24-hour service out of two fire stations with four engines, two ladder trucks, one heavy rescue squad, two advanced life support ambulances, and an on-duty Battalion Chief. The Department responds to over 6,500 calls annually. The Elmhurst Fire Department is a proud member of MABAS Division 12. Firefighters have numerous opportunities to engage in specialized training including Haz Mat and Technical Rescue Specialty Teams.

The starting salary for full-time firefighters effective May 1, 2016, is $68,128 per year increasing to $91,617 after six years. The City of Elmhurst offers firefighters an outstanding benefit package including health care plans, dental, vision and life insurance. Additional benefits include paid vacation, Kelly Day’s, holiday pay, duty trades, tuition reimbursement, flexible spending account, deferred compensation plans, employee assistance program, sick leave, and a pension fund.

Firefighter Minimum Requirements

  • Non-refundable application fee;
  • Must be a citizen of the United States;
  • High School diploma (or equivalent);
  • Must be 21 years of age, and under 35 years of age at time of application, or as otherwise exempt by statute;
  • Valid Driver’s License;
  • Valid Illinois Department of Public Health EMT-BASIC (EMT-B) license at the time of application. EMT-B license must also be current at time of appointment;
  • Valid Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) card and approved Ladder Climb Card issued no more than 365 days prior to the date scheduled for the written exam. CPAT certification must also be current at time of appointment.