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Effective January 1, 2011, the Burbank Fire and Police Commission will require all new applicants for the position of Firefighter/Paramedic to have completed a Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) no more than six (6) months prior to taking a written examination for Firefighter/Paramedic with the City of Burbank.

Information regarding CPAT and obtaining certification can be obtained by visiting the Southwest United Fire Districts Fire Academy (www.sufd.org), the Northeastern Illinois Public Safety Training Academy (NIPSTA) website or by searching CPAT on the web.

 Currently, no new test dates for the position of Firefighter/Paramedic have been established.

In 1988, The Burbank Fire Department in conjunction with Reavis High School established the Burbank Fire Cadet Program. The fire department appreciates the importance of a youth-focused program that uses professional training methods to teach students important life skills such as leadership, teamwork, pride and respect. The Burbank Fire Cadet Program offers teens a first-hand opportunity to experience the fire service in a meaningful way.
The Burbank Fire Department provides the opportunity for high school students to become familiar with career opportunities available in the fire service and related fields. Through classroom instruction, hands-on training and volunteer (work), cadets are provided a base knowledge and experience that will benefit them not only in fire service careers, but also in all future endeavors.
Being a fire cadet is about training, responsibility and leadership – and fun. The fire cadet classes run Monday thru Friday over 2 years. Each school year is the completion of a level of training. Class content will vary according to the subject, some days may be all classroom and others may be inside or outside practical evolutions. The fire cadet program is designed to qualify students for certification as Certified Firefighters in accordance with the Illinois Office of the State Fire Marshal.

The cadet training includes:
• Lecture and basic fire fighting operations.
• Participate in mandatory physical and weight training, distance running, calisthenics, fire hose and
manikin drags.
• Participate in drills, demonstrations, fire fighting evolutions and courses in hydraulics, fire pump
operation and maintenance and fire fighting techniques.
• Train in the operation of rescue tools.
• Train in the area of technical rescue. This includes the disciplines of high angle rope rescue, confined
space rescue, trench rescue and structural collapse rescue.
• Train in the field of hazardous materials.
• Train to assist in the administration of emergency medical care of fire or accident victims and assist EMS
personnel as needed.
• Train in the locating, controlling and extinguishment of fires using applicable extinguishing agents.

At the conclusion of the 2 year program, the student will have the qualifications for employment with successful completion of the Illinois State Fire Marshal’s Firefighter Level II exam, Hazardous Materials Operations Level exam, and Technical Awareness Level exam. In addition, the exam students may choose to acquire 19 credit hours
through Moraine Valley Community College.

Stay safe,
Chief Rich Harper






















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