City of DeKalb

The City of DeKalb is accepting applications and testing for Firefighter/Paramedic to establish an eligibility list.  Please click here to view the recruitment brochure and application instructions.

Minimum Qualifications

The process and the minimum qualifications are dictated by the Board of Fire & Police Commissioner’s Rules and Regulations and are detailed in the recruitment brochure.

Candidates must meet the following minimum requirements at time of application and submit the following documents with their online application:

  • At least 21 years of age, but less than 35 years of age unless exempt from such age limitation as provided in Section 5/10-2.1-6 of the Board of Fire and Police Commissioners Act.   Proof of birthdate is required.
  • Copy of State of Illinois (IDPH) Paramedic License (EMT-P) or letter from instructor. Please Note: The EMT-P requirement may be satisfied by a letter issued by an accredited EMT-P training and certification program indicating that at the time of application, the applicant is a student in good standing, with tuition paid in full, who is expected to graduate the EMT-P program with a grade of at least 80%, within the next 3 months.  Applicants must have EMT-P status at time of hire, to be eligible for hiring. (attach to application)
  • Valid Driver’s License (attach to application)
  • Minimum of High School Diploma or Equivalent (attach to application)
  • No felony convictions and or crime involving moral turpitude as specified in Section 5/10-2.1-6 Part C of the Board of Fire and Police Commissioners Act.


  • Successful completion of the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) with Ladder Climb Certification conducted by a licensed agency within twelve (12) months prior to the conditional offer of employment.
  • Valid Illinois Driver’s License.
  • State of Illinois (IDPH) Paramedic License (EMT-P).
  • Must pass psychological and medical examinations.

Preference points given for the following:

  • Basic Operations Firefighter (Firefighter II) Certification
  • Military Experience
  • Currently Meeting Residency Requirements


Supplemental Information

Candidates must fill out an application with NTN AND the City of DeKalb:

The City of DeKalb Application can be found at: 
The NTN application and scheduling of the written exam can be found at:  Please select Firefighter Jobs and sign up for the City of DeKalb Exam.


Upon completion of the written exam, all candidate scores will be forwarded to the City of DeKalb hiring officials.  Candidates who attain a passing score will be placed on the department’s pool of eligible candidates to continue to participate in other stages of the selection process.  The cut-off score for the written examination will be based on the recommendation of the developer of the written examination and consistent with minimally qualified performance in the Firefighter/Paramedic position. The selection process includes submission of the applications, written exam, oral interview and background investigation. Psychological and medical exams are completed upon conditional offer of employment.

Questions about the NTN application and/or written exam?

Please call: National Testing Network – 1 (855) 821-3761

Questions about the City application?

Please call: City of DeKalb, Human Resources Department – 1 (815) 748-2398

Applications AND Written Exam Due: 

Sunday, April 21, 2024

Please click here to view the City’s policy regarding the hiring of immediate family members of a current City employee, elected official, or appointed official prior to completing an application for employment.

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