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    The VA Black Hills Health Care System (VA BHHCS) is located in the beautiful Black Hills of Western South Dakota. South Dakota has No State Income Tax, has been named one of the Happiest and Safest States in the nation, is home to Top Ten Scenic Drives and Top Ten National Forests, features an Outdoor Life's Top City for Outdoor Enthusiasts and hosts the legendary annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

    VA BHHCS is where we live and work in rural small town settings, only minutes from Rapid City's shopping, dining, cultural, and entertainment venues. We offer rich history, including Mammoths and Prehistoric Civilizations, the 7th Cavalry, Deadwood, and Mount Rushmore. The Black Hills experiences more sunny days than Miami or Honolulu, ensuring year round outdoor recreation. Hiking, fishing, rock climbing, canoeing, water skiing, golf, snowmobiling, hunting, camping, downhill and cross country skiing, motorcycling--the opportunities are endless. The Black Hills includes stunning landscapes such as Harney Peak, Bear Butte, the Badlands and the Needles Highway. When it's time for civilization, you'll find the Black Hills hosting local and national theatre groups, movie companies, national pow wow competitions, international dance troupes, symphony orchestras, and a variety of entertainers. Sports enthusiasts will find auto races, college sports, semi-pro hockey, and some of the best in rodeo. 

    We are currently seeking a dynamic leader for our Firefighter position.    VA BHHCS is a multi-campus health care system, with approximately 1100 employees, providing primary care, acute medicine, surgery, behavioral health, nursing home and domiciliary care from medical centers located at Fort Meade and Hot Springs, South Dakota as well as a staffed Community Based Outreach Clinic in Rapid City and numerous contracted and staffed clinics in Western South Dakota, Northern Nebraska and Eastern Wyoming.

    Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities For more information on the "Who may apply" eligibility requirements, please refer to the OHRM Status Candidates and Other Candidate Definitions document. 

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    Incumbent serves as a fully trained specialist in rescue and firefighting techniques used to protect lives and property.  Evacuates or rescues occupants, administers first aid and artificial respiration.  Operates emergency care equipment.  Responds to alarms and fights fires involving structures, equipment, facilities, fuel, hazardous materials, and wild land fires.  Uses chemicals, axes, bars, hooks, saws, breathing apparatus, and other firefighting equipment to extinguish fires and protect life and property.  Performs fire protection inspection of patient care, shop and storage areas.  Makes visual checks and mechanical tests of fire alarm and fire protection systems to ensure proper performance.  Prepares reports of unsafe conditions and conducts follow-up inspections to assure satisfactory corrections.  Operates fire alarm equipment and other fire reporting and suppression systems.  Conducts training of Medical Center personnel in fire prevention and protection procedures using lectures, drills and demonstrations.  Participates in scheduled training including educational and personal physical fitness training to maintain job proficiency.  Performs routine fire station duties and other related duties as assigned.  Periodically drives and/or operates emergency vehicles.  Serves a scheduled desk watch.  Incumbent must have and maintain a current state driver’s license.

    Location: Facilities Management Service Line, Fort Meade, SD 

    Work Schedule: May be varied to generally reflect 56 hours per week; 112 in a Pay Period.
    Position Description Title/PD#:  20092-A

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles)

    Questions? This job is open to 2 groups.

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