Firefighter Testing Qualifications


Applicants must meet the following qualifications:

1.  CITIZENSHIP - Must be a United States Citizen.  If not a resident of Quincy, applicant must agree to move to Adams County within 6 months after appointment.

2.  EDUCATION - High School diploma or equivalent is required. Associates Degree is preferred.

3.  AGE - Not less than 20 ½ nor more than 34 years on the day of the test or have been actively employed as a career firefighter with an Illinois Fire Department or District within the last year.  Any person who turned 35 while serving as a member of the active or reserve components of any of the branches of the Armed Forces of the United States or the National Guard of any state, whose service was characterized as honorable or under honorable, if separated from the military, and is currently under the age of 40 may also test.

4.  All applicants must pass the following:  written examination, physical agility test, oral interview, background check, psychological and polygraph tests, a physical examination and a drug test.  A fact sheet explaining various points about being a firefighter is included in the application packet.

(Effective May 1, 2018) 

Plus subsequent increases and benefits.  The City of Quincy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Applications, useful information, and testing dates, times and location can be found at under “What’s New” or “News & Announcements”.  If you have questions after reviewing the web site call the Quincy Board of Fire and Police Commission at 217/228-4545 or email them to fire&  Applications may be submitted to the Quincy Board of Fire and Police Commissioners, 730 Maine Street, Quincy, IL 62301.  

 2018 Entry-Level Firefighter Testing Information

Candidates may choose the session time.   The written test will be conducted at the Quincy Regional Training Facility Classroom Complex located at 1900 Seminary Road, Quincy, IL.  The written test is 60% of the final score.   Only applicants that have scored a 70% or higher on the written examination will move on to the interview phase.

All prospective applicants must have a valid Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) card upon notification of receiving a conditional offer of employment.

Interviews of candidates that have achieved a written test score of 70% or higher will be conducted at Quincy City Hall, 730 Maine Street, Quincy, Illinois. 

Candidates will be notified by mail of the specific date and time.  The interview scores are 40% of the final score.

Tie scores will be resolved by each applicant’s written test score with the highest test score occupying the highest position on the list.

Preference Points will be awarded after final scores are calculated and the initial eligibility list is posted.  Candidates must request the bonus points in writing within ten (10) days after the initial eligibility list is posted and furnish proof of qualifying preference.

Available Preference Points:

Military Points  - 5 point maximum per statute

Education – 3 point maximum
Associates, Bachelor or graduate degree – not fire-related (2 points)
Associates, Bachelor or graduate degree – fire-related (3 points)

Medical Training – 3 point maximum
Current State of Illinois EMT License or current National Registry EMT Certification (2 points)
Current State of Illinois Paramedic License or current National Registry
Paramedic certification (3 points)

Experience – 5 point maximum
Paid-on-call/Part time firefighter  with either basic firefighter/firefighter II certification or EMT-b or EMT- I cortication (or any combination of the two)  – .5 points per year documented experience up to a total maximum of 5 points
Paid on call/Part time firefighter with either advanced firefighter/firefighter III certification or EMT-P certification (or any combination of the two) – 1 point per year documented experience up to a maximum of 5 points.
Career firefighter or firefighter/paramedic – 2 years documented experience (5 points)

Certifications – 4 point maximum
State of Illinois Certified Firefighter II (1 point)
State of Illinois Basic Operations Firefighter (2 points)
State of Illinois Certified Firefighter III (3 points)
State of Illinois Advanced Technician Firefighter (4 points)