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Employment Opportunities

Full-Time Firefighter Paramedic

Cary Fire Protection District is currently establishing a Firefighter/Paramedic hiring list!


Application Deadline: Friday, May 24, 2024, at 2:00 p.m.

The Cary Fire Protection District is located in southern McHenry County, 45 miles northwest of Chicago and covers an 18.5 square mile area which incorporates the communities of Cary, Trout Valley, Oakwood Hills, unincorporated McHenry County and Lake County. In 2023, CFPD responded to 2,662 calls for service from two fire stations. The department is currently staffed daily with (10) firefighters that consist of full-time, permanent part-time & part-time personnel that work a 12 or 24-hour shift. The approximate population of the fire district is 35,000 residents year-round.

Full-Time Firefighter / Paramedic


The Cary Fire Protection District is seeking highly energetic, strongly motivated individuals for the position of Full-Time Firefighter / Paramedic. Candidates shall possess a combination of knowledge, experience, skills and abilities suited to meet the exceptional needs of the Cary Fire Protection District. Additionally, each candidate shall exhibit integrity, loyalty, professionalism, and a commitment for continuous learning and a lead by example attitude.

This position involves working both assigned shifts and responding off-duty, as required. This position is appointed by the Board of Fire Commissioners and is considered a career, full time position.

Minimum Qualifications and Experience


  • Between the ages of 21 and 35 as of application deadline of  May 24, 2024. Age 35 may be waived if candidate meets the requirements as identified in Illinois Compiled Statutes, 70 ILCS 705/16.06b as of May 24, 2024

  • Legal resident of the United States of America

  • High School diploma or an equivalent GED

  • Possess valid state of Illinois Driver’s License

  • Residence shall be within a 25-mile radius from Fire Station 1

  • Illinois Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) Firefighter II or Basic Operations Firefighter as of May 24, 2024

  • IDPH Paramedic License valid in the Western Lake/McHenry EMS system within 18 months of hire

  • OSFM Fire Apparatus Engineer (FAE) required within (1) year of hire

  • Be capable of reading, speaking and writing in the English language

  • Meet knowledge, health and physical qualifications established by the District

  • Successfully complete all components of hiring process

  • Pass a background investigation, pre-employment medical exam and drug test

  • Exhibit good moral character, temperate personal habits and show evidence of an industrious work ethic


At time of conditional offer, candidate shall be required to possess:​

  • Illinois Department of Public Health EMT-Basic license

  • Successful completion of Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) including optional ladder climb within one (1) year preceding date of conditional offer

This test will establish a list that will be valid for two (2) years

Salary and Benefits

As of May 1, 2024, the starting salary for full-time firefighter/paramedic is $73,000.00 per year. The salary range is $73,000.00 - $103,914.00

*The Starting salary for those hired as a firefighter/EMT is $68,000 per year.

Benefits: District paid 95% with Employee paid 5% benefit package (Health, Dental and Vision insurance), Paid Vacation, 12 Kelly Days and Sick days, Double Time for Holiday Pay, Life Insurance, Deferred Compensation, Optional supplemental Insurance (Cancer, Accidental, etc.), Annual Medical Evaluations, and an inclusion in the Illinois Firefighters Pension Plan (Article 4) Tier II.

Testing Process

Step 1 - Interested candidates are encouraged to apply for the Full-Time Firefighter / Paramedic position by submitting a completed application and all supporting materials. The application is available beginning April 9, 2024, on the Cary Fire Protection District website at

Applicants must upload a copy of their Illinois State Fire Marshal Basic Operations or Firefighter II certificate with their application.

Completed applications and all requested documentation must be submitted to Cary Fire Protection District Headquarters Station by 2:00 p.m. on May 24, 2024.

Mailed, faxed, emailed, incomplete, or late applications will not be considered.

Step 2 – Interested candidates must complete the NTN Fire Team written exam by May 24, 2024. Signup for the exam is done via NTN’s website at


Step 3 - A MANDATORY orientation session is scheduled for Wednesday, June 4, 2024, at 9:00 a.m. at Cary Fire Protection District Fire Station 1, 400 Cary-Algonquin Road, Cary, Illinois 60013. Interview dates to be determined. Further information regarding the process, including additional dates will be provided at that time.

For more information, please contact or visit our business office at Station 1:

Phone: 847-639-2121
The business office is open Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8:30am and 4:30pm.

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