The GFPD Board of Fire Commissioners in accordance with state statute have established (subject to change) the following requirements for the next application phase (2019):
If hired, probationary employees:
Until further notice, the agility test will be the CPAT or Candidate Physical Agility Test. GFPD does not administer the CPAT. Candidates must obtain a CPAT card along with the required ladder climb certificate (State of Illinois requirement) at a location that is certified to administer the CPAT. The closest location to Godfrey, IL is the St. Louis County Fire Academy (link).
All career personnel complete a rigorous one year probationary period. In addition to an in house training schedule, all career probationary firefighters attend the state fire academy at the University of Illinois Fire Service Institute. All career personnel are required to be licensed as an EMT-Basic.
Applications are accepted year-round for the position of paid-on-call firefighter. The district starts a new probationary paid-on-call class every year. The next class is anticipated to begin in 2019. All applicants that submit an application will be invited to an orientation session to learn more about this rewarding opportunity.
Currently, GFPD requires the following for applicants:
Are you ready for the challenge?
Being a paid-on-call firefighter for the Godfrey Fire Protection District is a rewarding and life-changing experience. The title, Godfrey Firefighter is not handed out, it is earned. For 70 years, men and women have dedicated their time and effort to provide first class fire protection and emergency services to the community. Now you have an opportunity to become one of the select few that is ready to make the call.
Questions and Answers
Q. “Is there anything else that will aid my chances of being a successful applicant for the fire district?”
A. Yes, there are several things you can do to make yourself a more attractive candidate:
▪ Display an honest and sincere desire to serve the public.
▪ Have state certifications, or have taken fire science courses. ▪ Live and/or work in or near the fire district.
▪ Have the time to commit for training and responses.
▪Have a positive attitude, integrity, a fantastic work ethic, and be a team player.
Q. “How much time will I be expected to contribute?”
A. Probationary members are required to attend over twenty probationary training sessions. These classes usually last from three to eight hours. From the start, you will be able to respond to the fire station when your pager goes off. You will learn to operate as a dispatcher and get to know everyone. Upon completion of an initial series of drill sessions, you will be scheduled to stand shifts with career personnel. You will be required to stand duty a minimum of 30 hours per month, or 90 hours per quarter. This can be in 4 to 24 hour increments. Upon completion of probationary training, you will be required to complete yearly training which is less time consuming, when compared to probationary training. In short, the time commitment is significant; so is the reward.
Q. “I am not around all the time, or I work shift work, or at times I would just not be available to respond to calls or attend the training sessions. Does this pose a problem?”
A. No. Most of our POC firefighters have times when they are not available for calls. As a POC firefighter we realize you have other commitments. We realize that your family and career come first.
Q. “What training will I receive?”
A. There are many areas that you will be trained in. Your training will be hands-on and real world. From the burn tower, to auto extrication, you will be exposed to every facet of the fire service. Other training will include:
▪ engine company operations
▪ truck company operations
▪ emergency medical service
▪ radio communications
▪ incident command system
▪ hazardous materials
Q. “What are the benefits of being a POC firefighter with GFPD?”
A. There are many benefits that come with being a POC firefighter at Godfrey. To be a part of something special, something bigger than yourself is the greatest benefit. Other benefits include:
▪ Membership in the Godfrey Firefighter’s Association
▪ Membership in the Madison County Firemen’s Association
▪ free bunker gear, pager, uniforms, etc.
▪ opportunity to attend excellent specialized training on a county, state, and federal level
▪ tuition reimbursement for college level fire science or EMS classes (once qualified)
▪ Several former Godfrey POC firefighters have transitioned to a career position with Godfrey as well as several other departments
▪ earning the title, Firefighter