There is something about seeing a fire truck. I remember as a kid, every once in a while the fire department would come by a pick up a few kids, including me, and drive us around the block.  How cool was that! Those days are unfortunately gone thanks to liability issues. I wanted to be a fireman then, but I am too old now. If you are a young man or woman you still have a chance to be a firefighter. Chief Tom Bentley with the Tri-Township Fire Department is actively looking to hire people interested in joining their team. If you are between the ages of 21 and 34 and are interested in applying for the job you might want to check out a few of the requirements listed below.


All applicants must be a citizen of the United States, a high school graduate or possess a GED certificate, a valid driver's license and comply with the Tri-Township's residency requirements within 6 months of employment.

Your application must be completed and submitted to the Tri-Township Fire Department by June 29, 2018. A written exam test will be held on Saturday, July 14 at 8:30 a.m. at John Wood Community College at 1301 South 48th Street in Quincy.

A valid CPAT (Certified Physical Aptitude Test) card will also be required if hired. Any person who turned 35 while serving as a member of the active or reserve components of any of the branches of the Armed Forces of the United States or the National Guard of any state, whose service was characterized as honorable or under honorable, if separated from the military, and is currently under the age of 40 may also test.

Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Applications can be picked up between 8 a.m. and 6 the Tri-Township Fire Department located at 227 South 54th Street in Quincy.

Additional information is available at or by calling (217) 222-2142.