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Job Title:Fire Chief

Department:Department of the Air Force

Agency:Air National Guard Units (Title 32)

Job Announcement Number:13-120

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$68,809.00 to $89,450.00 / Per Year


Thursday, May 23, 2013 to Tuesday, August 20, 2013




Full Time - Permanent


1 vacancy in the following location:
Cheyenne, WY United StatesView Map


Only current members of the United States Air Force, Air Force Reserves or Air National Guard will be considered for this vacancy.



Applicants must be current members of the US Air Force, US Air Force Reserves or Air National Guard to be considered for this vacancy and/or able to transfer to the Wyoming Air National Guard


WYOMING AIR NATIONAL GUARD MEMEBERSHIP IS REQUIRED:  This is an excepted position that requires membership in a compatible military assignment in the Wyoming Air National Guard.  Selectee will be required to wear the military uniform.  Acceptance of an excepted position constitutes concurrence with these requirements as a condition of employment.  Applicants who are not currently a member of the Wyoming Air National Guard must be eligible for immediate membership and employment in the Wyoming Air National Guard in the military grade listed in this announcement.


Open Area of Consideration: 

Area 7:  Nationwide Job Opportunity (Technician) - Merit Promotion: Open to current members of the US Air Force, US Air Force Reserves or Air National Guard and/or eligible to transfer to the Wyoming Air National Guard.


Technician Info:

Position #:  0466835

PAS #:  FTQ2

FAC #:  44EF00

Position Title:  Fire Chief

Position Series/Grade:  GS-0081-12

Position Location:  153 CES/CEF, Cheyenne, WY



  • Must become a member of the Wyoming Air National Guard before appt.
  • Must submit vMPF Rip with application.
  • Refer to “Required Documents” section for additional details.
  • Must obtain a favorable (ANACI) National Agency Check within 1 yr of appt.
  • Must possess or be able to obtain and maintain SECRET security clearance.
  • Relocation costs are authorized with this vacancy.


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This position is located in the Base Civil Engineering Division, Fire Protection Branch at an ANG flying base. Its primary purpose is to function as Chief of Fire Protection in support of flying activities and first run structural response for both the ANG base and the municipal airport, collocated on the same installation. Through a reciprocal agreement with authorities, incumbent may have full supervisory responsibility for city, county, or state fire fighters in addition to ANG personnel required to provide 24-hour a day fire protection for supported activities. Such authority is exercised over a total of 24 or more personnel comprising a minimum of four operating fire crews daily.




(1) Plans, directs and administers the fire protection, aircraft crash rescue and fire prevention programs for the base. Base flying operations include a large number of air moves daily (or responsibility for a national strategic asset or advanced pilot training mission) involving tactical fighters armed with conventional munitions, large airframe refueling and cargo aircraft, commercial airliners, and privately owned aircraft. Aircraft operate from this installation with substantial fuel loads and large numbers of passengers. In addition to aircraft, there is a moderate number of buildings requiring fire protection to include a large fuel storage facility and warehouses utilized for the storage of combustible materials. Fire protection is also provided for an airline terminal, liquid oxygen storage facility, and aircraft maintenance and aircraft fuel cell hangers. Fire protection is provided for numerous types of military aircraft visiting the installation for training purposes. May provide first responder emergency medical services to the airport and immediate surrounding area.


(2) Maintains a knowledge and record of federal, state, and local requirements for fire/crash rescue and structural fire operations and procedures. Provides fire safety education and material to facilitate the adoption of industrial safety and fire prevention practices to military methods. Serves as technical advisor in providing fire prevention information and guidance to operating officials of supported military activities. Responsible for scheduling and meeting with military and civilian fire officials in the surrounding area to formulate plans and programs required to establish mutual aid and support agreements. Provides program management and response to hazardous materials incidents occurring on and surrounding the installation.  Responds to full spectrum threats to include chemical, biological, radiological, and high explosives incidents.”


(3) Directs proper use and care of civilian and military firefighting and rescue equipment. Establishes order and sequence by which fire crews respond to alarms. Directs rescue and firefighting operations for all alarms and is subject to recall while off duty when conditions warrant. Emergency incidents are characterized by a high potential for loss of life and high property value loss due to the extreme dangers resulting from fire and explosion of assigned aircraft, fuel storage facilities and buildings.


(4) Supervises a variety of fire prevention programs, develops and monitors local fire regulations, checklists, plans, and develops and conducts educational programs among employees in such areas a fire prevention, fire reporting and emergency medical treatment. Conducts and observes evacuation drills and provides fire extinguisher training to the base population. Ensures that regular professional fire prevention inspections are conducted. Contacts operating officials for fire deficiency correction and to ensure the elimination of reoccurring fire hazards. Ensures development of special procedures and precautions in areas where a high degree of fire expectancy, severity, or life loss hazard exists. Devises techniques for entry into burning structures for rescue and firefighting purposes.


(5) Provides technical input and recommendations concerning construction projects to ensure compliance with applicable fire design criteria. Determines requirements for installed fire protection systems. Reviews fire protection plans for accuracy and workability. Develops local operating instructions and procedures to assure adherence to applicable regulations and directives and to cause necessary support response to the fire department from other organizations. Investigates fires and fire related accidents to determine cause and to estimate damage. Directs preparation of appropriate reports of incidents and makes recommendations to prevent reoccurrence.


(6) Supervises fire fighting forces in providing fire protection for a variety of base facilities as well as for flying operations and pilot training missions. Duties include rescue and fire fighting services to aircraft and buildings. Supervises 24 or more full time fire fighting personnel and drill status fire fighters to provide continuous fire protection coverage to the installation. Maintains supervisory services for a minimum of four operating fire crews daily. Supervisory responsibilities are as follows:


(a) Work planning and organization: Makes changes in organization of work or assignment of functions to improve work flow and services rendered, for the promotion of job satisfaction and to increase productivity. Recommends and justifies, to higher authority, changes that may increase costs or jeopardize the status of employee's tenure, limit services rendered, or affect work outside the unit. Prepares plans to meet substantial changes in workload and proposes and justifies revisions in staffing levels, work priorities and deadlines; coordinates with representatives of other units to work out changes and problems that affect outside organizations; develops and reports to higher levels of supervision, estimates of budget requirements based on past experience, anticipated workload and the production capability.


(b) Work Assignment and Review: Assigns work to employees or to units or assigns employees to positions based on a selective consideration of such factors as difficulty and assignment requirements, availability, capability and special qualifications of employees, and other resources available. Formulates and issues (individually or collectively with other supervisors) written instructions and procedures and special instructions for nonroutine or complex assignments or to clarify published guidelines; sets or participates in setting performance standards; reviews work in progress or upon completion; reviews production reports or other data to ascertain problems in accuracy, adequacy, adherence to procedures, etc., of individuals or units and takes corrective action as necessary; reviews and accepts, amends or rejects work for which quality standards have not been achieved; keeps employees informed of management goals and objectives and higher level supervisors informed of employee participation and concerns.


(c) Supervisory Personnel Functions: Prepares formal requests for filling vacancies or for additional personnel to meet workload requirements; selects or participates with considerable weight in the selection of employees; prepares formal requests and recommendations for promotions, reassignments, other status changes, or recognition of outstanding performance of assigned employees; assists in the preparation of position classification actions; approves and disapproves leave and recommends action in unusual cases; receives formal grievances, resolving those that can be resolved at the first supervisory level; takes disciplinary action as deemed necessary and proposes to higher authority a specific disciplinary action consistent with established guidelines; formulates training plans for assigned employees; conducts informal training to broaden employee skills and to provide backup skills by cross training; recommends formal training as required. Implements specific and general provisions of government wide and installation programs in the area of equal employment opportunity and employee management relations to assure equal treatment of all employees; informs employees of all aspects of personnel or obtaining information from specialists when more technical answers are required.


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This series covers positions that supervise or perform work to control and extinguish fires, rescue persons endangered by fire, and reduce or eliminate potential fire hazards. It also covers fire service positions that control hazardous materials incidents; train personnel in fire protection and prevention; operate fire communications equipment; develop and implement fire protection and prevention plans, procedures, and standards; and advise on improvements to structures for better fire prevention. Positions in this series require knowledge of firefighting and fire prevention theory and techniques, a knowledge of fixed and mobile firefighting equipment operation; and/or the ability to plan, direct, or carry out fire protection and prevention programs and operations.



Must possess experience, education or training that demonstrated the ability to follow directions and to read, understand, and retain a variety of instructions, regulations, and procedures and that otherwise demonstrates the ability to perform or learn to perform the duties of the position.




Must possess at least 36 months experience, education, or training controlling or extinguishing fires as a member of an organized military, industrial, volunteer, or governmental fire department or brigade.  Experience in rescue operations.  Experience in detection, reduction, or elimination of potential fire hazards.  Experience in operation of fire communications equipment.  Experience in controlling hazardous materials incidents and/or developing, implementing, or providing training in fire protection and prevention.


NOTE: Specialized experience will be used to determine qualifications for the announced position. Applicants must provide begin and end dates (MM/YY - MM/YY) with description of your specialized experience.


MILITARY REQUIREMENTS: Selected candidates will be required to be in a compatible military grade and assignment prior to the effective date of placement.


Enlisted applicant’s military grade cannot exceed the maximum military grade authorized. Over-grade applicant must provide a written statement of understanding with application, willingness to be administratively reduced in grade (state specific grade) if selected for this position.



Enlisted           E7 or E9  (Dependent upon unit availability)


Acceptance of this position does not in any way constitute a military grade promotion.



Enlisted:  3E771, 3E791, 3E700


Must possess Fire Protection AFSC.


Must possess a minimum score of "38" on the General portion of the ASVAB.

Medical Profile PULHES must not be greater than 111221.

Must be able to lift 100 lbs. unassisted.



-    Technicians are paid through Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer (DD/EFT).

-    The Selected applicant must complete a “Declaration of Federal Employment: prior to the appointment date.

-    Military Technicians are ineligible for military enlistment, retention, and student loan repayment bonuses. Acceptance of a Technician position will terminate these military incentives.

-    Acceptance of a permanent or indefinite position will cause termination from the Selected Reserve Incentive Program (SRIP).

-    Relocation expenses will not be paid by the Government unless noted in the Announcement.

-    Military Technicians in the excepted service will wear the appropriate uniform while performing as a Technician.

-    Veteran’s preference does not apply to National Guard Technician positions in accordance with Title 32 USC 709(f).


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 rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire and supporting documents. If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your score can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities.


Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.  Making a false statement in any part of your application may result in disciplinary action.


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The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees. The following Web addresses are provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees.


This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to new/prospective employees.


Flexible Spending Accounts - The Federal Flexible Spending Accounts Program (FSAFeds) allows you to pay for certain health and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars. For additional information visit:


Health Insurance - The Federal Employees Health Benefits Program offers over 100 optional plans. For additional information visit:


Leave - Most Federal employees earn both annual and sick leave. For additional information visit:

Life Insurance - The Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance Program (FEGLI) offers: Basic Life Insurance plus three types of optional insurance, for additional information visit:


Long Term Care Insurance - The Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program (FLTCIP) provides long term care insurance for Federal employees and their parents, parents-in-law, stepparents, spouses, and adult children. For additional information visit:


Retirement Program - Almost all new employees are automatically covered by the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). FERS is a three-tiered retirement plan. The three tiers are: Social Security Benefits, Basic Benefit Plan, and Thrift Savings Plan. For additional information visit:


1. If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/59 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency.


2. Please do not send/fax/courier/email any applications or resumes to the Wyoming National Guard Human Resource Office, you must apply on-line or fax your application to the fax number listed on this announcement with the prescribed Cover Letter. The Human Resource can only process materials received through USA Jobs.


3. The Wyoming Military Department's (WYMD) 335, Personnel - General Merit Placement & Promotion Plan, 1 June 2013 is available for viewing here.


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To apply for this position, you must provide both of the following parts:

1. Your responses to the Qualifications Questionnaire, and

2. Your resume and any other documents specified in the Required Documents section of this job announcement.

Use the Online way for convenience and quickest processing.

Option A. To Apply Online

To apply online, applicant must complete and submit an application by accessing the USAJOBS website at Follow these steps to complete the online application:

· Log into USAJOBS website and enter the job announcement number in the left hand box titled What:” ; enter Wyoming in the right hand box titled “Where:”, then click on the SEARCH JOBS button.

· Click on blue job title link.

· Select the blue “APPLY ONLINE” tab in the right-hand column.

· Follow/complete the prompts to sign into an existing USAJOBS account or to create a new account.

· Use a resume previously loaded into USA Jobs or upload a new one. Check the appropriate boxes and select “Apply for this position now!”; then “Take me there now”.

· The system will take you to Application Manager, which is where you will complete the online occupational questionnaire and upload additional documents.

· Complete the necessary blocks in “Biographic Information” section; then Next.

· Complete the “Eligibility Information” section; then Next.

· Complete the “Other Information” section; Under Job Related Experience, input a 1 or greater for both Years and Months; then Next.

· The system will take you to the online occupational questionnaire, which is a required component of the application process.

· Follow the instruction in the documents section of the application process for submitting all required documents.

· Upload Documents - Select Document Type

                Other:  vMPF Rip   (Required for ANG, Air Force and Air Force Reserve members)

                All other Document Types are self-explanatory

· Submit My Answers to be considered for this vacancy. A “Confirmation of your Submission to USA Staffing® Application Manager” will appear. Print for your records.

To return to a saved application, log into your USAJOBS account at and click on "Application Status." Click on the position title, and then select “UPDATE APPLICATION” to continue.

If an applicant has questions regarding the online application, including problems submitting supporting documents, contact the point of contact located in the right column at the top of the vacancy announcement for assistance.

All online applications and supplemental materials must be received by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Tuesday, July 09, 2013. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their applications online using the application process outlined at


   Option B:  Paper Qualifications Questionnaire.

If it is not practical for you to apply Online, you can write your answers on paper.  Follow these steps:

1.  Print a copy of this job announcement so that you can read the questions offline.  Click here for the online questionnaire: View Occupational Questionnaire

2.  Obtain and print a copy of the OPM Form 1203-FX, which you will use to provide your answers. You can obtain the form at this URL or by calling USAJOBS by Phone at (703) 724-1850 – after the introduction, press 1, and listen for instructions.

3. You may submit the Form 1203-FX, resume, and any supporting documents by fax.  

By Fax: If you are faxing a Form 1203-FX, you do not need a separate cover sheet. Simply make sure the Form 1203-FX is on top of any other documents you are faxing. If you are faxing any documents without the Form 1203-FX on top, always use the official cover sheet which is here -- -- and be sure to fill it out completely and clearly.  The fax number is 1-478-757-3144.  Feed all documents into your fax machine top first so that we receive them right-side up.


For this job announcement the following documents are required: 

*** Records Review

US Air Force, US Air Force Reserves, and Air Force National Guard members must submit virtual MPF Rip (All pages) with application.


*** Personal Resume

Include the following information:

* Announcement # and title of the position for which you are applying

* Your full name, mailing address, and phone numbers where you can be reached (must be on the resume)

* Your Social Security Number and birth date (must be on the resume)

* A narrative of your work (paid or unpaid), training, education, and/or other experiences that may be related to this vacancy

* Show actual begin and end dates (MM/YY - MM/YY) format for all work experience submitted

* List all pertinent military experiences

* Describe your duties (work experience) in your own words. Do not submit copies or official position descriptions.


*** College transcripts MUST be submitted when substituting education for experience.  Unofficial copies will be accepted.


NOTE: Incomplete applications will not be considered. It is the responsibility of the applicant to contact Melissa N. Smith prior to Tuesday, July 09, 2013 to verify all documents have been received. Failure to do so may result in disqualification. Complete and accurate data is essential to ensure fair evaluation of candidates. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure the data provided is accurate and complete. Only the experience, qualifications, and education shown on resume can be used to evaluate a candidate's qualifications for this position.


To submit the documents requested follow the instructions below: Your resume, curriculum vitae, or any other written format you choose to describe your job-related qualifications. Your document(s) can be submitted electronically using the document upload process or by fax. Please ensure that your resume contains your full name, address, phone and at least your last four digits of your social security number.


Melissa N. Smith
Phone: (307)772-5159
Agency Information:
Wyoming National Guard
Human Resources Office
ATTN 1LT Melissa Smith
5410 Bishop Blvd
Cheyenne, WY


Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After a review of your complete application is made you will be notified of your rating and or referral to the hiring official.  If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted.


Instructions for completing the OPM 1203-FX:  

If you are applying to this announcement by completing the OPM 1203-FX form instead of using the Online Application method, please use the following step-by-step instructions as a guide to filling out the required questionnaire. You will need to print the vacancy announcement and refer to it as you answer the questions. You may omit any optional information; however, you must provide responses to all required questions. Be sure to double check your application before submission.

View Occupational Questionnaire

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