Part-Time Firefighter/Paramedic Testing Process

McHenry Township Fire Protection District

Part-Time Firefighter-Paramedic

The McHenry Township Fire Protection District will begin the next testing and hiring process in the Fall of 2018.   Click here for testing information

Basic information regarding the part-time Firefighter positions

On recommendation of the Fire Chief, part-time Firefighter-Paramedic positions are appointed by the Board of Trustees and are part-time, non-commissioned, non-pensioned, at-will employees of the District.  

The application process requires that at the time the application is submitted, the individual has previously completed the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT), including the optional aerial ladder climb, with attainment date no earlier than one (1) year prior to the application deadline.

 Information regarding CPAT and obtaining certification can be obtained by visiting: 

Prospective applicants should note that the registration deadline for the CPAT is several weeks prior to the event.

General requirements:

  • High school diploma, G.E.D. certificate or equivalent.
  • Legal resident of the United States of America.
  • Be 21 years of age or older, or between 18 and 21 years of age and have a minimum of one (1) semester completed and be actively enrolled and in good standing in an accredited college program and working towards attainment of an associate’s degree in Fire Science.  Official, sealed college transcripts will be required at the time of application.
  • Residency – There are 2 classes of residency requirements based on the level of fire and EMS certification that the individual has at the time of their application.  Legal documentation of residency including drivers license will be required at time of application

1. No prior certification/experience - If candidate is not at the time of application, both an Illinois Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) certified Firefighter and an Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) EMTB or Paramedic, they must have a legal residence and mailing address within the  boundaries of the MTFPD.

OR

2. Certified FF and Paramedic - If candidate is at the time of the application both an OSFM certified Firefighter and an IDPH licensed EMT-B or Paramedic, they must have a legal residence and mailing address either; (1) within the MTFPD, (2) within a community that is contiguous to the boundaries of the MTFPD, or (3) located within McHenry county.


  • Successfully complete all phases of the testing and hiring process
  • Possess valid Illinois Drivers License
  • Be capable of reading, speaking and writing in the English language
  • Meet knowledge, health and physical qualifications established by the District
  • Pass a background investigation
  • Pass a pre-employment medical exam and drug test
  • Exhibit good moral character, temperate personal habits and show evidence of an industrious work ethic 

Newly hired part-time Firefighters who do not possess First Responder, Emergency Medical Technician-Basic, and Basic Operations Firefighter certifications will be sent by the MTFPD to those courses at McHenry County College.  As part of an Initial Training Agreement, individuals are responsible for the cost of course tuition and textbooks for these courses and will then be reimbursed over a defined period of time by the MTFPD.  Complete and detailed information will be provided at the candidate orientation session. 

 All information and requirements are subject to change by the MTFPD.