Capt Craig Freeman

Naperville Fire Department – Firefighter/Paramedic


Naperville Fire Department 


Application Deadline: Friday, September 2, 2022, at 2:00 p.m.
Salary: $71,751.59

Minimum Requirements:

  • $40 non-refundable application fee
  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Be a high school graduate or equivalent (GED) at time of application
  • Possess a valid driver’s license, which will be used for identification at all phases of testing
  • Be at least nineteen (19) years of age, but not older than thirty-five (35) years of age by the date of the scheduled orientation except as otherwise provided by statute. Note that the minimum age for appointment to the position of firefighter/paramedic is twenty-one (21)
  • Attend all phases of testing
  • Obtain a passing score on a written test
  • Pass a polygraph test
  • Pass a thorough background investigation
  • Pass a medical examination and a psychological assessment
  • Be licensed as an Illinois EMT/Paramedic at time of hire
  • Must have successfully completed the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) and  Ladder Climb Exercise within the one year period prior to the application deadline (September 2, 2022)
  • Must meet all requirements of the Board of Fire and Police Commissioners Rules, City of Naperville Municipal Code, and laws of the State of Illinois


About the City

Recognized nationally and internationally as one of the top communities in which to settle down, raise a family and retire, Naperville has made headlines for its outstanding quality of life. Our picturesque, unique city combines the values and charm of small-town life with the vibrancy and boldness of a modern, thriving economic powerhouse in the Chicago area.

Come see why Naperville is the place for everyone to live, work and explore.

In 2022, Naperville was listed for the second year in a row as No. 1 in two community rankings compiled by Niche: Best Cities to Raise a Family in America and Cities with the Best Public Schools in America. Naperville was also ranked the third Best City to Live in America. In 2021, Naperville was also named the safest city in America by MoneyGeek.

In 2020, Naperville was ranked No. 1 on SafeWise’s America’s Safest Cities to Raise a Child report, which ranks safety by low property crimes, violent crimes and number of sex offenders.

In 2019, Naperville made SmartAsset’s list of top cities where millennials are purchasing homes and was ranked one of America’s “coolest suburbs” by Apartment Therapy. In 2018, Naperville was named the best city to live in Illinois on 24/7 Wall Street’s list of Best Cities to Live in Every State as well as the Best City to Raise a Family in America by Niche. Naperville was also named the third best place to visit in 2018 by Livability, and in August, the City took the No. 12 spot on Safewise’s 2018 Safest College Towns in the Nation report.


About the Fire Department

The mission of the Naperville Fire Department is to respond to all emergency and non-emergency calls for service in a time that meets the expectations of the community and to promote safe practices through ongoing fire prevention and public education programs.

The  Department provides emergency services to more than 140,000 residents over 52 square miles within the City of Naperville and unincorporated areas covered by the Naperville Fire Protection District.


The Fire Department is made up of about 200 employees at 10 stations answering over 14,000 calls for service in 2020.

The Naperville Fire Department operates 10 fire stations that are strategically located throughout the community to help reduce response times.

The Naperville Fire Department provides fire suppression, fire prevention, emergency medical and specialized rescue services, as well as public education programs targeted toward the needs of the community. The department has been awarded accredited status by the Center for Public Safety Excellence.



About You


  • Citizenship: Must be a citizen of the United Sates.
  • Age: Must be at least nineteen (19) years of age and under thirty-five (35) by the date of testing, unless otherwise exempt by statute. Minimum age for appointment to the position of Firefighter/Paramedic is twenty-one (21).
  • Education: Must be a high school graduate or equivalent (GED) at time of application.
  • Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) and Ladder Climb Certification: Must have successfully completed the CPAT and Ladder Climb Exercise within one year prior to the application deadline.
  • Character: Must possess good moral character suitable to the role of a law enforcement officer. Must pass a thorough character and background investigation, which shall include a polygraph test.
  • Other: Must pass a medical examination and psychological assessment.
  • Must meet all requirements of the Board of Fire and Police Commissioners Rules, City of Naperville Municipal Code, and laws of the State of Illinois.


  • Copy of birth record
  • Copy of high school diploma or GED
  • Copy of valid driver’s license, front and back
  • Copy of valid CPAT and Ladder Climb Certification – must be dated 9/2/21 – 9/2/22
  • Three (3) reference letters
  • Consent and release agreement form
  • Certifications and Licenses form
  • Copy of IDPH Paramedic License (EMT-P), if obtained


Required documentation due by 2:00 p.m. on 9/2/2022:
Documents must be mailed or hand delivered; no emails/faxes accepted. 

  • Online application – available after purchase
  • Consent and Release Agreement (1 page) – available after purchase
  • Certifications and Licenses Form (1 page) – available after purchase
  • Copy of high school diploma or GED
  • Copy of valid driver’s license
  • Copy of birth record as proof of citizenship – can include: U.S. County/State birth certificate, U.S. Passport, or Naturalization papers
  • Copy of valid CPAT/Ladder Climb Certificate (dated 9/2/2021-9/2/2022)
  • Three (3) Reference Letters – must be original document, no photocopies/faxes accepted 
  • Copy of Valid EMT-Paramedic license (if obtained)
  • Completed EEO form (optional) – available after purchase

Orientation and Testing Information:
Your exam will be offered electronically, and you will take the exam in your own home. There will be multiple sessions offered and each will be proctored virtually. All sessions will be offered during business hours from October 5th – October 12th – it is your responsibility to ensure you have the flexibility to test during these times.
In late September you will receive an email with instructions on how to schedule and prepare for the exam. Please read through the instructions carefully before your exam date. Failure to follow the steps outlined may cause the electronic exam to not work properly, potentially resulting in your removal from the testing session.

Application Process Information:
When you have completed the online application you will receive a confirmation number. You will also need to print and sign the required release form(s) and gather the required documentation (listed above) for submission to IOS Recruitment by 2:00 p.m. on 9/2/2022.

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