Apply to Become a Firefighter

The application deadline has passed. Check back in early 2024 for our next test.

Minimum Requirements:
  • Eligible to work in the United States
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Valid driver’s license at time of application; Valid Illinois driver’s license due at time of hire 
  • Be at least twenty-one (21) years of age, but not older than thirty-five (35) years of age by the date of the written exam except as otherwise provided by statute
  • Attend and pass the written exam, orientation, and all phases of testing which can include polygraph test, background investigation, psychological assessment, and functional physical evaluation 
  • Must hold EMT-B, EMT-I or EMT-P license (nationally or IDPH licensed) at the time of application. Must also be valid at the time of hire
  • Must have successfully completed the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) and Ladder Climb Exercise within one year period to the date of the written exam 
  • Completion of at least 60 semester hours of college credit and/or evidence of OSFM equivalent training or experience, acceptable to the Village of Palatine Fire and Police Commission
  • Must have primary residence in Illinois prior to appointment as a probationary firefighter 
  • Applicant must have 20-40 vision