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
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
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
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
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 Marshals 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.
Chief Rich Harper