Firefighter (Bls/Hazmat Tech)
Fort Benning, GA
Army Installation Management Command
Department of the Army
$36,611 to $47,598
03/22/2017 to 03/21/2018
Serves as a firefighter assigned to Fort Benning Fire and Emergency Services Division, providing Fire and Emergency Services for all installation structures, facilities and personnel. Performs as a fully trained member of a firefighting crew engaged in the protection of life and property. Responds to alarms, combats fire, and rescues personnel requiring the full performance of fire fighting tasks involving structures, equipment, facilities, crashed and burning aircraft, fuel, hazardous materials, Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosives (CBRNE), Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) and brush fires. Responds on and off site to incidents and emergencies involving injury and illnesses, and frequently encounters situations that are life threatening. Drives and position vehicle in any type of emergency incident. Operates several types of portable and fixed equipment to include deluge guns, nozzles, fans, axes, hoses and monitoring meters. Operates communications equipment to include UHF and intercom devices. Surveys the hazardous material/CBRNE, WMD incident to identify the materials and containers involved, and to identify and verify the presence and concentrations of hazardous material through specialized monitoring equipment.
Firefighter Special Retirement Coverage (Primary/Rigorous).
This position has been identified by Department of Army and approved by the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness as a covered primary, rigorous position for special retirement coverage as identified in 5 CFR 831 Subpart I for CSRS Retirement coverage and 5 CFR 842 Subpart H for FERS retirement coverage. The individual hired is subject to Special Retirement provisions to include additional contributions to the retirement fund, mandatory separation/retirement at age 57 with 20 years of approved special retirement provisions service, options for early retirement at any age after 25 years of approved special retirement provisions service, or at age 50 with 20 years of approved special retirement provisions service.
Department of Defense (DoD), in accordance with 5 USC 3307, has determined an individual must be appointed to their first/original appointment into a DoD position that has been identified and approved as a primary firefighter no later than the last day of the month in which they become 37. Preference eligible veterans over the age of 37, may apply regardless of the age restriction. If selected, a waiver of the age restriction will be requested by the hiring official for approval by the Department of Army.
An individual who is past the maximum entry age (37) who previously served in an approved primary position may be reinstated to a covered primary position provided they meet the applicable qualification requirements AND will be able to complete a total of 20 years of covered service as a firefighter by the last day of the month in which they become 57.
The Department of Army may approve an exception to the maximum entry age (37) for the original entry of a non-veteran-preference-eligible applicant into a primary covered firefighter position. Exceptions shall be extremely rare and based only on a compelling hardship to the mission. Should an exception be granted, the employee shall be separated on the last day of the month in which he/she completes 20 years of special retirement provisions covered service.
In addition to providing the required eligibility documentation listed elsewhere in this job announcement, you must provide sufficient documentation to determine proof of age. This documentation should be attached under Special Retirement Coverage as identified in the Required Documents section.
For reentry into a primary covered position, you must also provide sufficient documentation (SF-50s) to show length of service in a previous covered firefighter position.
- Must be a U.S. Citizen
- Must possess and Upload Your DoD Firefighter Certifications
- The Hours Worked Per Week Per Employment MUST be on your Resume
In order to qualify, you must meet the education and/or experience requirements described below. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience; if qualifying based on education, your transcripts will be required as part of your application. Additional information about transcripts is in this document.
Experience required: Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student; social). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
To qualify based on your work experience, your resume must describe at least one year of specialized experience which prepared you to do the work in this job. Specialized experience is defined as: work experience that involves: (1) controlling or extinguishing fires as a member of an organized military, industrial, volunteer, or governmental fire department or brigade; (2) rescue operations; (3) detection, reduction, or elimination of potential fire hazards; (4) operation of fire communications equipment; (5) controlling hazardous materials incidents and/or (6) developing, implementing, or providing training in fire protection and prevention.
This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the next lower grade/level position in the federal service (GS-05).
You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency (knowledge, skills, abilities) in the following areas:
- Ability to Respond to Various Types of Fires, HAZMAT, and Rescue Incidents
- Skill in using Basic and Specialized Fire Fighting Equipment
- Drive and Operate Firefighting Vehicles
- Knowledge of Basic Emergency Medical Treatment/Life Support Techniques and Protocols
- Knowledge of fire Protection Techniques
Time in Grade Requirement: Applicants who have held a General Schedule (GS) position within the last 52 weeks must have 52 weeks of Federal service at the second lower grade (or equivalent).
If your current position is more than one grade lower than the position being recruited but you have previously held a position that would satisfy time-in-grade requirements for this vacancy, you are required to furnish a copy of the validating SF-50(s). You must show that you actually completed TIG as opposed to pay setting policy affording you the benefit of a higher step within the next lower grade. Accordingly, this may require you to furnish more than one SF-50. This/these SF-50(s) must be provided in ADDITION to your current SF-50 if the position in which obtained TIG is different from your current position.
Some federal jobs allow you to substitute your education for the required experience in order to qualify. For this job, you must meet the qualification requirement using experience alone--no substitution of education for experience is permitted.
Other Requirements: Click here for expanded definitions.
- Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.
- You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.
- Two year trial/probationary period may be required.
- Direct Deposit of Pay is Required.
- Personnel security investigation required.
- A medical examination is required.
- DoD Firefighter Certifications required.
- Maximum 37 years of age restriction.
- Position requires employee to wear a uniform and/or protective clothing.
- Further certification from this announcement may take place up to 180 days beyond the closing date of the announcement.
- Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in the vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
These certifications must have been awarded by the DOD or any equivalent entity accredited by IFSAC or Pro-Board. If you do not possess all of the below certifications, you will be rated ineligible.
Hazardous Material Technician
Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
NOTE: Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certification (issued by state or National Registry). If the EMT Basic certification/recertification is issued after 31 March 2015 by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT), then the card will read as "EMT" and not "EMT-Basic." If you are applying for this position and you currently hold an "EMT-Basic" certification, you will be required at time of recertification to obtain an EMT certification.
NOTE: The position is required to obtain and maintain all regulatory required licenses and/or certifications.
NOTE: All DOD certifications must be uploaded as supporting documents.
How to Apply
To apply for this position, you must complete the online questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, March 21, 2018Wednesday, March 21, 2018 to receive consideration.
- To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
- Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.
- It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.
- To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
- To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.
- It is your responsibility to verify that information entered, uploaded, or faxed (i.e., resume) is complete, accurate, and submitted by the closing date. Uploaded documents may take up to one hour to clear the virus scan. Faxed documents must be completely transmitted (fax and scan complete) by 11:59 PM (EST) on the closing date of the announcement.
How You Will Be Evaluated
Your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) will be used to determine your eligibility, qualifications, and quality ranking for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.
It is the policy of the Government not to deny employment simply because an individual has been unemployed or has had financial difficulties that have arisen through no fault of the individual. Information about an individual's employment experience will be used only to determine the person's qualifications and to assess his or her relative level of knowledge, skills, and abilities. Although an individual's personal conduct may be relevant in any employment decision, including conduct during periods of unemployment or evidence of dishonesty in handling financial matters, financial difficulty that has arisen through no fault of the individual will generally not itself be the basis of an unfavorable suitability or fitness determination.
Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP). If you are a Federal employee in the competitive service and your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority. See Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) for more information. Additional information about the program is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website.
- Selection is subject to restrictions resulting from Department of Defense referral system for displaced employees.
- If you have retired from federal service and you are interested in employment as a reemployed annuitant, see the information in the Reemployed Annuitant information sheet.
- Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement.
Conditions of Employment:
A. Must possess and maintain a valid state motor vehicle operator license of the appropriate classification or kind.
B. Must be able to pass pre-appointment physical and subsequent periodic medical examinations IAW NFPA 1582: Standard on Comprehensive Occupational Medical Program for Fire Departments to determine fitness for continued performance of the duties of the position.
C. Must participate in the Fort Benning Fire Division's Fitness and Wellness Program, IAW NFPA 1583 Standard on Health-Related Fitness Programs for Fire Fighters and DoDI 6055.6 Fitness and Wellness.
D. Heavy physical effort is required in the frequent handling of objects such as cylinders and extinguishers weighing 45 lbs or more; may be required to lift/carry personnel such as an adult male in emergency situations. Duties require full use of both arms, both legs and fingers to bend, turn, pull, crawl, kneel, and climb for such tasks as use of aerial ladders, firefighting equipment controls, arranging/connecting hoses, rappelling, operation of fire truck and all types of rescue operations, etc.
E. This position works 144-hour bi-weekly tour of duty and subject to rotating assignments between all Fort Benning fire stations, to provide cross staffing and meet staffing requirements.
F. This is a mission essential position whereby the incumbent is required to report for duty or remain in place during inclement weather conditions or other appropriate emergency conditions in order to carry out the assigned mission. The position is subject to recalls to duty in support of emergency operations.
G. The incumbent of this position must sign DA Form 5019-R as a condition of employment and shall be subject to periodic and random urinalysis drug testing as required by AR 600-85. Detection of drug usage through confirmed positive urinalysis test results may result in failure to meet the conditions necessary for continued employment in this position.
H. The incumbent of this position will be required to work rotating shifts.
I. The incumbent of this position must wear a uniform.
J. Basic Life Support for Healthcare Provider (CPR and AED) card.
K. Driver/Operator Aerial certification will be required to be obtained within 6 months of employment. The position is required to obtain and maintain all regulatory required licenses and/or certifications.
L. Periodic travel of 5% may be required.
The documents you are required to submit vary based on the authority you are using to apply (i.e., applying as a veteran, applying as a current permanent Federal employee, applying as a reinstatement, etc). Please review the following links to see which documents you need to provide to prove your eligibility to apply: Applicant Merit Checklist and Proof of Eligibility.
As described above, your complete application includes your resume, your responses to the online questionnaire, and documents which prove your eligibility to apply. If you fail to provide these documents, you will be marked as having an incomplete application package and you will not be considered any further.Your resume:
- Your resume may be submitted in any format.
- If you submit more than one copy of your resume, only the most recent version will be reviewed. The latest timestamp will be used to determine which version of your resume is "most recent." It is your responsibility to check the status and timestamp of all documents you submit as part of your application.
- If your resume includes a photograph or other inappropriate material or content, it will not be used to make eligibility and qualification determinations and you may not be considered for this vacancy.
- For qualifications determinations your resume must contain hours worked per week and the dates of employment (i.e., HRS per week and month/year to month/year or month/year to present). If your resume does not contain this information, your application will be marked as incomplete and you will not receive consideration for this position.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements: You MUST submit a copy of your transcript if you want to substitute your education for experience. If you claim qualifications based on education, and do not submit a transcript, your education will not be used in making a qualification determination and you may be found "not qualified." See: Transcripts and Licenses.
Proof of Eligibility to Apply: Your application must include the documents which prove you are eligible to apply for the vacancy. The ?Proof of Eligibility? document describes authorities commonly used in merit promotion recruitment and what document(s) are required to prove you meet the requirements of the authority. You must meet the requirements of at least one of the authorities listed in the Who May Apply section above to receive further consideration.
If you are unable to apply online or unable to upload your supporting documents follow the directions located at: Faxing Applications and Documents. The Vacancy ID is 1907870. You will need the questionnaire, View Occupational Questionnaire, to complete your faxed application.
NOTE: Documents submitted as part of the application package, to include supplemental documents, may be shared beyond the Human Resources Office. Some supplemental documents such as military orders and marriage certificates may contain personal information for someone other than you. You may sanitize these documents to remove another person's personal information before you submit your application. You may be asked to provide an un-sanitized version of the documents if you are selected to confirm your eligibility.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
Department of the Army
Army Installation Management Command
ContactCentral Resume Processing Center Phone: (000)000-0000
AddressDA SCR Fort Benning Please contact by email Aberdeen Proving Ground MD
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