Firefighter Minimum Requirements $40.00 non-refundable application processing fee; U.S. Citizen; High School Diploma or Equivalent (GED); Valid Driver License; The minimum age at time of hire for the Zion Fire/Rescue Department shall be 21 years of age. The maximum age at the time of application is 34 years of age, unless exempt by statute; Valid CPAT and Ladder Climb issued by a licensed agency as of date of written exam. CPAT and Ladder Climb considered valid only if issued between May 2, 2019 May 2, 2020. a. CPAT and Ladder Climb certification is available at the Northeastern Illinois Public Safety Training Academy (NIPSTA) in Glenview, IL and at the Southwest United Fire District (SUFD) in Indianhead Park, IL. Please visit www.NIPSTA.org/CPAT/ or www.SUFD.org for information and to register for the CPAT and Ladder Climb. MUST be currently enrolled in a paramedic (EMT-P) class OR have completed an EMT-P class and currently in certification process OR be a licensed/certified EMT-P. At time of conditional offer of employment, candidate must be an Illinois certified EMT-P. Within 30 days, candidate must be affiliated with the North Lake County EMS system. Candidate must obtain Illinois FF II/Basic Certification within 12 months probationary period. Applicants who are certified Illinois paramedics at time of hire must successfully complete a 12-month probation period.