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Job Title:FIREFIGHTER (HAZMAT TECHNICIAN/BASIC LIFE SUPPORT)

Department:Department of the Army

Agency:Army Tank-Automotive and Armament Command (TACOM)

Job Announcement Number:NEAJ13419971860374D

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$34,907.00 to $45,376.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, March 21, 2013 to Wednesday, April 03, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0081-06

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

07

DUTY LOCATIONS:

3 vacancies in the following location:
Watervliet, NY United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Civilian employees serve a vital role in supporting the Army mission.  They provide the skills that are not readily available in the military, but crucial to support military operations.  The Army integrates the talents and skills of its military and civilian members to form a Total Army.

About the Position:

The Watervliet Arsenal is an Army-owned and operated manufacturing center located in New York. It is the oldest, continuously active arsenal in the United States having begun operations in 1813.  Today it is relied upon by U.S. and foreign militaries to produce the most advanced, high-powered weaponry for cannon, howitzer, and mortar systems.  The Arsenal is the only location in the Department of Defense that has a weapons research facility (Benet Laboratories) collocated with a manufacturing facility (Arsenal)

 

FIREFIGHTER RETIREMENT COVERAGE: This is a primary/rigorous firefighter position under the provisions of 5 United States Code (USC) 8336(c) Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) and 5 USC 8412(d) Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). Thirty-seven (37) years is the maximum entry age for covered primary/rigorous firefighter positions.  Persons not appointed by the last day of the month in which the individual reaches his/her 37th birthday shall not be originally appointed or assigned to these positions.  Applicants who are age 37 or over may subtract any of their prior Federal service that is an approved primary/rigorous positions, and that is creditable for retirement from their current age to meet this age requirement.  Applicants must provide proof of this creditable service prior to appointment.  The maximum entry age may be waived for applicants eligible for Veterans' preference.

 

This position has non-competitive promotion potential to the GS-07 Grade Level.



Who May Apply: US Citizens

                           Interagency Career Transition Assistance (ICTAP) Eligibles

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship is Required
  • Maximum 37 Years of Age Restriction
  • Moving Expenses Will Not Be Authorized
  • Business Travel is 10%

DUTIES:

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  • Provide medical care as an Emergency Medical Technician.
  • Provide assessment of patient to physician or nurse who relies on these observations to provide additional treatment.
  • Assist the intermediate life support or paramedic staff.
  • Drive fire fighting equipment to and from scene of fire.
  • Serve as a fully trained memeber of a fire fighting crew engaged in the protection of life and property.
  • Perform as a member of a team in controlling spills that may be of a hazardous and often times unknown substance.
  • Use a variety of special protective gear, including gastight suits, encapsulated and hooded suits etc.
  • Perform fire protection inspections.
  • Report unsafe conditions and may conduct a follow-up inspection.


 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Specialized Experience: To qualify applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade/level (GS-05).  Specialized experience is defined as experience performing duties in the following areas: (1) controlling or extinguishing fires as a member of an organized military, industrial, volunteer, or governmental fire department or brigade; (2) performing rescue operations; (3) detecting, reducing, or eliminating potential fire hazards; (4) operation of fire communications equipment; (5) controlling hazardous material incidents and/or (6) assisting the injured by applying a tourniquet, checking windpipe for obstruction, performing Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), or immobilizing the injured person.

 

You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency (knowledge, skills, abilities)in the following areas:

  • Firefighting
  • Inspections
  • Hazardous Material Containment
  • Driver/Operator
  • Safety & Housekeeping


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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.

One year trial/probationary period may be required.

Direct Deposit of Pay is Required.

A security background investigation is required.

Moving expenses are not authorized, based on a determination that a move is not in the government's best interest.

Defense National Relocation Program will not be authorized.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:

You must possess Certifications for FIREFIGHTER I; FIREFIGHTER II and HAZMAT OPERATIONS. They must be certified by either the Department of Defense; Pro-Board or International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) to be qualifying certifications.

You must be able to obtain a New York State Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Certification within 18 months of hire date and maintain it by regular re-certification.

You must be able to obtain a Hazardous Materials technician level within 12 months of hire and maintain it by regular

re-certification.

Maximum 37 years of age restriction may apply.

You must possess and/or be able to obtain and maintain a valid State Driver's license.

You must possess and/or be able to obtain and maintain a government Driver's license.

A Pre-employment physical is required.

This position may require overtime.

Business Travel is 10%.

This position may require shift work and/or work on rotating shifts to provide coverage on evenings, weekends, holidays and in other situations.

This position requires pre-employment drug testing.

This position requires you to wear a uniform and protective clothing/equipment.

 

 

 

 


HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) will be reviewed to verify that you meet the basic eligibility and qualification requirements.  Your responses to the questionnaire will be used to evaluate your relevant personal, educational, and work experiences. Only the most recently submitted resume will be considered.

Basis for RatingQualified candidates will be assigned to one of three quality categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified and Qualified. Veteran preference eligibles are listed ahead of non-preference eligibles within each quality category.

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP).  The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies.  If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if:  1) this vacancy is within your ICTAP eligibility, 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement, and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy.  Well-qualified is defined as meeting all of the minimum qualification standards and eligibility requirements as well as possessing skills that clearly exceed the minimum qualification requirements for the position. Under competitive delegated examining, an ICTAP eligible will be considered well-qualified if they attain an eligibility rating of 90 or higher, not including points for veterans' preference. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority.  Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of ICTAP eligibility or a copy of your separation personnel action form.  Information about ICTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp

 


BENEFITS:

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The Department of Defense offers excellent benefits programs some of which may include:

  • Comprehensive health and life insurance
  • Competitive salaries
  • Generous retirement programs
  • Paid holidays, sick leave, and vacation time
  • Flexible work environment to include use of Telework and alternate work schedules
  • Paid employment related training and education
  • Possible student loan repayment
  • Payment of licenses, certification, and academic degrees as applicable
  • Bonuses, incentives, and awards as appropriate for the job.


  • OTHER INFORMATION:

    • Selection is subject to restrictions resulting from Department of Defense referral system for displaced employees.
    • The Department of Defense (DoD) policy on employment of annuitants will be used in determining eligibility of annuitants. The DoD policy is available at http://www.cpms.osd.mil/ASSETS/E8AB932EA1E44617BAC7222922E42A62/DoDl140025-V300.pdf.

    • In accordance with section 9902(h) of title 5, United States Code, annuitants reemployed in the Department of Defense shall receive full annuity and salary upon appointment. They shall not be eligible for retirement contributions, participation in the Thrift Savings Plan, or a supplemental or redetermined annuity for the reemployment period. Discontinued service retirement annuitants (i.e. retired under section 8336(d)(1) or 8416(b)(1)(A) of title 5, United States Code) appointed to the Department of Defense may elect to be subject to retirement provisions of the new appointment as appropriate. (See DoD instructions 1400.25, Volume 300, at http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives.)

    • Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement.

    • Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid work experience.



    HOW TO APPLY:

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    To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

    1. Your resume: If you submit a resume with inappropriate material e.g. photos, you will not be considered for this vacancy. Your resume may be submitted in any format. 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). Resumes that do not contain this information will be marked as insufficient and applicants may not receive consideration for this position.
    2. Your responses to the questionnaire
    3. Additional required documents (see Required Documents section below)

    The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, April 03, 2013.

    To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.  Follow the prompts to complete the questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process. 
    To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following Vacancy ID860374.  Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

    If you cannot apply online, you will need to provide the same information obtained in the online process.  You will need three documents to complete this process:  the Occupational Questionnaire, the scan response form, U.S. Office of Personnel Management Occupational Questionnaire (OPM Form 1203-FX), and a separate document described in item #3. below. 

    1. Download the scan response form, OPM Form 1203-FX, from http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf.

    2. View Occupational Questionnaire.  Use this information to guide you in completing the OPM Form 1203-FX.  Note that you may be instructed to leave some responses blank on the scan response form.

    3.  On a separate document, please identify which position(s) on your resume (include title, organization, and employment dates) support any response of “E” ("I am considered an expert in performing this task...."). 

    4. Fax the completed OPM Form 1203-FX, along with your required and supporting documents, to 1-478-757-3144. Your OPM Form 1203-FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

    PLEASE NOTE: The numbering on the OPM Form 1203-FX will not match the Occupational Questionnaire.  Section 25 of the OPM Form 1203-FX continuously numbers from number one, while the Questionnaire starts each section of questions with number one.  When entering your responses please continue regardless of number sequence.  This issue has been identified and will be resolved as soon as possible.

    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 by 11:59p.m. Eastern Standard Time on the closing date of the announcement.

     

    The Department of the Army provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the servicing civilian personnel unit. Requests for reasonable accommodation are made on a case-by-case basis.



    REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

    The following documents are required:

    • Resume: If you submit a resume with inappropriate material e.g. photos, you will not be considered for this vacancy. Your resume may be submitted in any format. 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). Resumes that do not contain this information will be marked as insufficient and applicants may not receive consideration for this position.
    • If the position has an education requirement or you are qualifying based on a combination of education and experience or solely on education, you must submit your college transcripts with your application.
    • If you are claiming Veterans Preference or Military Spouse preference (MSP), to verify your preference claim you MUST submit supporting documents with your application package. These documents may include, but are not limited to:   for MSP claims, PCS orders and marriage certificate; for verification of Veteran Preference, DD214 (which indicates character of service) SF-15, VA Letter and/or Activation/Deactivation orders.

    • If you are currently serving on active duty: You MUST submit a certification from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed. If you supply a certification at this stage, your preference/eligibility will be verified prior to appointment.   For more information about Veteran's Preference, please click this link:

       http://www.opm.gov/employ/veterans/html/vetguide.asp.   Please upload veteran's documents under the appropriate category.

       

    If you fail to provide these documents, you will be marked as having an incomplete application package and will not be considered any further.

     

    PLEASE NOTE: Documents submitted as part of the application package, to include supplemental documents, may be shared beyond the Human Resources Office. Some supplemental documents like military orders and marriage certificates may contain personal information for other than the applicant.These documents may be sanitized to remove such personal information before submission with the application. Applicants may be asked to provide an un-sanitized version of the documents upon selection to confirm eligibility.

    AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

    Central Resume Processing Center
    Phone: (410)306-0137
    Email: USARMY.APG.CHRA-NE.MBX.APPLICANTHELP@MAIL.MIL
    Agency Information:
    W0K9AA WVA Emergency Services Ofc Fire Protection
    Do not mail
    Aberdeen,
    21005
    USA

    WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

    Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. The numeric rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire. The score is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the knowledge, skills, and abilities required of this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.


    To check the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account, select My Applications, and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.


    For questions regarding the status of your application, eligibility or qualifications determination contact the Army Applicant Helpdesk at usarmy.apg.chra-ne.mbx.applicanthelp@mail.mil.


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    Job Announcement Number:

    NEAJ13419971860374D

    Control Number:

    339963200