The 2017 application period and recruitment cycle has completed. Click HERE to see the Final Register of Eligibles. We are not currently accepting applications at this time. Fill out the Job Interest Card to receive details of the next recruitment cycle.
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There are certain qualifications that an applicant must meet in order to become a Rockford Firefighter/Paramedic. The qualifications set forth are established by the Board of Fire and Police Commissioners’ Rules and Regulations, the City of Rockford Ordinanaces, and all applicable state statutes.
No individual may be appointed as a sworn member of the Fire Department until he or she has passed his or her twenty-first (21st) birthday. Proof of an applicant’s birth date will be required before appointment.
An applicant must not have attained the age of 35 years by the closing date of the application period for this recruiting cycle (March 31st).
- An applicant shall possess a valid driver’s license at the time of hiring.
- At the conclusion of recruit training (approximately 11 weeks), the recruit must possess a valid Illinois driver’s license with a Class B, Non-CDL permit
- At the conclusion of one-year probation, the recruit must possess a valid Illinois Class B, Non-CDL driver’s license
An applicant upon time of hiring shall have correctable vision to 20/20 in each eye.
An applicant shall have a high school diploma or its equivalent.
An applicant must not have any felony convictions nor have been convicted of certain misdemeanors.
Applicants for examination must be U.S. Citizens or those aliens who meet the criteria set forth in 8 U.S.C. Section 1324b prior to the closing date of the application period.
At the conclusion of one-year probation, the recruit must live in Winnebago County or within fifteen mile radius of the Public Safety Building (420 W State St)
By action of the Rockford Board of Fire and Police Commissioners the below list of specific offenses automatically disqualify anyone from being a Firefighter/Paramedic with the City of Rockford.
Conviction of any misdemeanor within the last 5 years or convicted of more than 3 moving violations within the last 3 years.
The Board’s action is based upon legislation in the Illinois Compiled Statutes: 50 ILCS 705/6, 50 ILCS 705/6.1, and 65 ILCS 5/10-2.1-6.
If you have been convicted of any of the listed offenses you cannot be a Firefighter in Rockford.
- ANY Felony
- CHAPTER 720 ILLINOIS COMPILED STATUTES
- Indecent Solicitation of a Child (5/11-6)
- Adultery (5/11-7)
- Public Indecency (5/11-9)
- Sexual Exploitation of a Child (5/11-9.1)
- Prostitution (5/11-14)
- Soliciting for a Prostitute (5/11-15)
- Keeping a Place of Prostitution (5/11-17)
- Patronizing a Prostitute (5/11-18)
- Pimping (5/11-19)
- Aggravated Assault (5/12-2)
- Intimidation (5/12-6)
- Criminal Sexual Abuse (5/12-15)
- Theft (5/16-1)
- Deceptive Practices (5/17-1)
- Impersonating a Police Veteran/Fraternal Org. (5/17-2)
- Residential Picketing (5/21.1-3)
- Unlawful Use of Weapon, Subsections (1), (6), and (8) of (5/24-1)
- Unlawful Possession of Firearms and Firearm Ammunition (5/24-3.1)
- Defacing Identification Marks of Firearms (5/24-5)
- Mob Action (5/25-1)
- Keeping a Gambling Place (5/28-3)
- Offering a Bribe (5/29-1)
- Resisting or Obstructing a Peace Officer or Correctional Institution Employee (5/31-1)
- Obstructing Justice (5/31-4)
- Escape / Failure to Report (5/31-6)
- Aiding Escape (5/31-7)
- Compounding a Crime (5/32-1)
- Perjury (5/32-2)
- Subordination of Perjury (5/32-3)
- Communicating with Jurors and Witnesses (5/32-4)
- Harassment of Jurors or Families of Jurors (5/32-4(a))
- Simulating Legal Process (5/32-7)
- Tampering with Public Records (5/32-8)
- Manufacture or Delivery of Cannabis (550/5)
- Delivery of Cannabis on School Grounds (550/5.2)
- Convicted of any misdemeanor crime of domestic violence involving the use or attempted use of physical force, or the threatened use of a deadly weapon, committed by a current or former spouse, parent, or guardian of the victim, by a person with whom the victim shares a child in common, by a person who is cohabiting with or has cohabited with the victim as a spouse, parent, or guardian, or by a person similarly situated to a spouse, parent, or guardian of the victim.
The testing process to become a Rockford Firefighter/Paramedic has several steps:
- Written Test
- Physical Ability Test
- Oral Interview
- Psychological Interview
- Intense Background Investigation
- Medical Exam including drug screen
Several workshops will be offered for the written test, physical ability test, and oral interview. It is strongly suggested that candidates attend any available workshop.
The Board will establish an eligibility list of applicants based on final scores. The length of the list is determined by the number of foreseen openings that will develop within the department over the life of the list. Therefore, some applicants that pass all phases of the testing process may not be included on the final eligibility list.
When an opening exists and a candidate is eligible to be hired, an in-depth background investigation and psychological exam will be conducted by the Department. This investigation is advisory to the Board of Fire and Police Commissioners.
Rockford Fire Department Personal Grooming and Appearance
Rockford Fire Department Rules and Regulations, Article VII, Section 4:
- Tattoos on the face, head, neck, or hands are not permitted on any personnel. While tattoos on the hands are prohibited, a simple band on one finger of each hand (ring type in nature) will be allowed provided the tattoo is not obscene, offensive, sexually suggestive, profane, or discriminatory toward anyone on the basis of race, color, national origin or ancestry, religion or creed, age, gender, or disability.
- Department and 911 personnel hired prior to January 1, 2012 may display existing tattoos providing that they are not obscene, offensive, sexually suggestive, profane, or discriminatory toward anyone on the basis of race, color, national origin or ancestry, religion or creed, age, gender, or disability. Anyone hired after January 1, 2012 must keep all tattoos covered on their arms at all times.
- Department personnel hired prior to the date of the issue of this policy are prohibited from obtaining new tattoos on their head, face, neck, or hands. Any new tattoos that are visible while wearing the Department uniform shall not be obscene, offensive, sexually suggestive, profane, or discriminatory toward anyone on the basis of race, color, national origin or ancestry, religion or creed, age, gender, or disability.