Illinois fire department recruitment changes pay off with a dozen new hires

  • Source: WEEK-TV NBC/ABC/CW+ 25 Peoria
  • Published: 04/02/2024 12:00 AM

VIDEO: Thirteen men and women started a new career in Bloomington on Monday after changes in application requirements allowed them to follow their dreams. In October, the Bloomington Fire Department eliminated the requirement for potential hires to be paramedic-certified before joining the team. Instead, future first responders will learn everything they need to know through the department. Phillip Taylor is a member of the first round of hires since the new changes went into place. He says this way of becoming licensed will save him time and money in the long run. “It just makes it easier, and now I already have a department that I’m going to be working with, and so then I’ll have that license, and then I’ll already be able to use it right then and there,” Taylor said.


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