Job Overview


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:

This position is located within the Directorate of Emergency Services, Fire Protection and Prevention Division, Fort Lee, Virginia. 

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. 

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 became 37. 

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.

Department of Army, Assistant G-1 for Civilian Personnel Policy may approve an exception to the maximum entry age (37) for original entry into a primary covered firefighter position. Exceptions shall be extremely rare and based only on a compelling hardship to the mission.   The written request will be approved by Department of Army. 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 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 Proof of Age 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.

Who May Apply:

US Citizens


The primary purpose of this position is to serve as a Lead Firefighter responsible for a major piece of firefighting equipment and its regularly assigned crew of three or more firefighters engaged in structural firefighting and rescue operations and the reduction and/or elimination of potential fire hazards. The incumbent also:

·     Leads a crew of four to eight firefighters assigned to man a major piece of motorized firefighting equipment such as a pumper, aerial ladder truck in the firefighting and rescue operations.

·     Directs driver-operator or drives to the scene of the fire following a predetermined route or selecting an alternate when necessary, and positions vehicle considering factors, such as wind directions, sources of water, and hazards from falling structures.

·     Directs assigned crew in the performance of crash/rescue and structural firefighting duties for a variety of facilities which may include research and/or large industrial complexes; and the performance of hazardous material (HAZMAT) containment and control and/or Basic Life Support duties.

·     Leads assigned crew and perform emergency rescue of personnel and a variety of first aid measures to alleviate further injury and prepare the victim(s) for transport to a medical facility.

·     Assigns crew members to perform maintenance of firefighting equipment and fire stations facilities and performs functional tests and inspections.

·     Complies with health, safety, and environmental rules and procedures and performs work in a manner that enhances the safety of the work environment.