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Paid-On-Call (Volunteer) Firefighter

Olney Fire Dept

501 N Walnut St
Olney, IL 62450

The City of Olney Fire Department is accepting applications for the position of paid-on-call (POC) firefighter. POC firefighters are paid an hourly wage for training and call attendance with all equipment supplied by the department. The City of Olney Fire Department is the municipal fire department of the City of Olney. The Olney Fire Protection District which includes the townships of Olney, Preston, and Madison, has a contract with the City of Olney to provide fire protection. The Olney Fire Protection District covers approximately 140 square miles. The department has written mutual-aid agreements with the Noble Fire Protection District, Claremont-Bonpas Fire Protection District, Wade Fire Protection District at Newton, Oblong Fire Department, Sumner-Christy Fire Protection District, West Salem Fire Department, Clay City Fire Department and MABAS Division 54. The department is a combination full-time and POC department. There are 3 full-time firefighters, a full-time Fire Chief and up to 30 POC firefighters. Full-time firefighters man the station 24/7 with 1 firefighter per shift. POC firefighters fill in the ranks of apparatus engineers (drivers), officers and line firefighters.

Starting hourly wage for new POC firefighters is $9.00 per hour with a 1 hour call-in guarantee. Members of the fire department are also members of the Olney Firefighters Association. This association exists to support the fire department with fund raising and equipment purchases. The Fire Association meets the first Thursday of every month with a meal and business meeting. There is normally some minor department training after the meeting. The third Thursday of every month is the departments training night, with training lasting approximately 4 hours.

All members of the City of Olney Fire Department are either certified firefighters through the State of Illinois, or working toward attaining their certification. Career firefighters with the department are instructors through a local junior college. Classes are held at the fire station every Tuesday of the week following the college semesters. Certification takes 1-2 years dependent upon class size and schedule.

Volunteer Category: Firefighter

To become a paid-on-call (POC) firefighter with the City of Olney Fire Department, interested individuals must pick up an application at the fire station located at 501 N. Walnut St., Olney, IL 62450. Applicants must have their high school diploma or GED, pass a background investigation, have a driving record in good standing and live within the fire district. After submitting an application, applicants will take a written exam, physical agility test and an interview with the Fire Chief and/or officers of the department. Applicants will receive a ranking and positions will be filled as they become vacant. Testing for the POC firefighters occurs twice a year or as needed.
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