Department of the Air Force - McConnell AFB, KS

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The mission of the United States Air Force is to fly, fight and win …in air, space and cyberspace.

To achieve that mission, the Air Force has a vision of Global Vigilance, Reach and Power. That vision orbits around three core competencies: Developing Airmen, Technology-to-Warfighting and Integrating Operations. Core competencies and distinctive capabilities are based on a shared commitment to three core values -- integrity first, service before self, and excellence in all we do.

IF APPLICABLE : A m ilitary service member's statement of service/certification will be accepted IF a terminal leave form or DD214 cannot be provided. The statement/certification should indicate member's separation from active duty is within 120 days of the closing date of this announcement. It must be signed by, or by direction of, the adjutant, personnel officer, or commander of your unit or higher headquarters and must indicate when your terminal leave will begin, your rank, dates of active duty service, the type of discharge and character of service (i.e. honorable). Your preference and/or appointment eligibility will be verified prior to appointment. Military members may be appointed before the effective date of their military retirement/separation if member is on terminal leave.

WHO MAY APPLY: Click here for more information. You MUST have one or more identified eligibilities in order to be considered. **Air Force is not responsible for erroneous eligibilities you list or fail to list**

Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service. For additional information, click here .

Appointment of Certain Military Spouse (EO 13473)

Executive Order (EO) 12721

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP)


Veterans' Recruitment Appointment (VRA)
  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Travel and relocation expenses will not be paid
  • Must be registered for Selective Service, see Legal & Regulatory Guidance
  • A pre-employment physical examination and drug test is required
  • Must obtain and maintain a secret security clearance

DUTIES: Back to top THIS IS A TERM APPOINTMENT NOT TO EXCEED THIRTEEN MONTHS. The individual selected for this position may be extended without further competition.

The primary purpose of this position is to serve as a Firefighter assigned to drive and operate firefighting vehicles of significant complexity and lead the regularly assigned crew of less than three firefighters engaged in structural and airfield firefighting and crash/rescue operations, and assist in the reduction and/or elimination of potential fire hazards.
· Drives and operates firefighting vehicles, such as pumpers, aerial ladder trucks, and Airport Rescue Firefighting (AFRR) vehicles. 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 direction, sources of water, hazards from falling structures, location of armament of aircraft.
· Performs and directs assigned crew in the performance of crash/rescue and firefighting duties at airfields handling large or complex aircraft (e.g. fighters, bombers, cargo, and passenger). Aircraft carry large volumes of fuel, conventional and sometimes nuclear weapons, and/or highly flammable or explosive cargo. Performs and leads assigned crew in structural firefighting duties for a variety of facilities which may include research and/or large industrial complexes.
· Performs and leads assigned crew in the 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. Maintains firefighting equipment and fire station facilities.
· Leads a crew of one or two firefighters, assigned to man the major piece of motorized firefighting equipment in firefighting and rescue operations. Studies field maps too become familiar with ground areas, specific locations, etc. Complies with health, safety, and environmental rules and procedures and performs work in a manner that enhances the safety of the work environment.

*** NOTE *** Applicants must meet the basic requirements as defined in the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) "Operating Manual: Qualifications Standards Handbook for General Schedule Positions, Fire Protection and Prevention Series, 0081" and in addition to the requirement Firefighter positions at the Department of Defense are governed by the DoD Fire and Emergency Services Certification Program DoD 6055.06-M.


One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-05 level or equivalent under other pay systems in the Federal service. The experience must have equipped applicants with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA's) to successfully perform the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the position to be filled. Examples of creditable specialized experience include knowledge of and ability to drive and operate firefighting vehicles and associated equipment, physical configuration of a variety of large or complex aircraft and operational characteristics, design, construction, utilization, and contents of aircraft, firefighting techniques for fire hazards, facility layouts, emergency first aid techniques working knowledge of firefighting equipment, techniques, and procedures..

MAXIMUM ENTRY AGE : Title 5 U.S.C. 3307 authorizes the head of any agency to establish a maximum entry age for the original appointment of individuals to the position of primary and rigorous firefighter. For initial appointments, applicants cannot have reached their 37th birthday by date of appointment. This age restriction does not apply to those who have previously served in a Federal civilian fire fighting position covered by title 5 U.S.C. section 3307 provisions OR qualified veteran preference eligible’s covered by title 5 U.S.C. 3307.

Effective 1 Jun 00, all DoD Firefighters and contract fire and emergency service personnel must be certified at the next higher level before being eligible for promotion to that level.


To view qualifying educational requirements and/or combination of education and specialized experience click on the following link:

Federal Time-In-Grade (TIG) Requirement for General Schedule (GS) Positions: Applicants must have served at least 52 weeks at the GS-05 or higher grade (or equivalent in an alternate pay system) within the Federal Civil Service to be considered for referral. TIG applies if you are in a current GS position or held a GS position within the previous 52 weeks.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (KSAs): Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas:

1. Knowledge of an ability to drive and operate firefighting vehicles of significant complexity. Knowledge of the principles of hydraulics as they pertain to water flow, water pressure, water levels, line (friction) losses, etc. Knowledge of basic and specialized firefighting equipment (fire alarm system operation, fire extinguishing equipment operation, etc.), techniques, and procedures.

2. Knowledge of basic building design, construction, and occupancy. Knowledge of the latest changes in aircraft cockpit design, ordnance placement, and cabin layouts to include the operation of hatch or canopy release mechanisms, ejection seat mechanisms, and/or oxygen supply systems. Knowledge of and ability to apply emergency first aid techniques.

3. Knowledge of safety requirements as outlined in applicable safety standards, regulations, and/or technical orders.

5. Skill in operating communications equipment. Skill in detecting and recognizing fire hazards (potential and immediate). Ability to carry heavy loads.

6. Ability to maintain good working relations. Ability to communicate orally and in writing. Ability to provide leadership and integrate the actions of a crew under emergency conditions.

PART-TIME OR UNPAID EXPERIENCE : Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid and or part-time work. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week.

ARE YOU USING YOUR EDUCATION TO QUALIFY? You MUST provide transcripts to support your educational claims. Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

FOREIGN EDUCATION: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. You must show proof the education credentials have been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education program. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.


1. Employee must participate in a mandatory physical fitness program.

2. Employee is required to use all safety equipment and clothing provided by management.

3. The employee is required to work a 72 hour week on a 24 hour on/24 hour off basis which includes weekends and holidays. May be subject to recall.

4. This is a Testing Designated Position. The employee is subject to random drug testing (IAW HQ-USAF letter dated 29 Jan 90).

5. This position requires the employee to work under adverse environmental conditions and falls under the respiratory protection program and hearing conservation program.

6. The work requires the employee to drive a motor vehicle. Must obtain and maintain a valid Kansas driver's license.

7. Position requires the ability to discern colors, contrast, and depth.

8. May be required to work the Fire Alarm and Communications Center (FACC).

9. May be required to participate on Hazardous Materials Teams (HAZMAT).

10. May be required to perform duties associate with the operation of aircraft arresting barrier equipment.

11. Employee is required to be certified by the DOD Firefighter Certification System as Firefighter I, Firefighter II, Airport Firefighter, Hazardous Materials (HAZMAT) Awareness, HAZMAT Operations, Apparatus Driver Operator

- Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting (ARFF), Apparatus Driver Operator - Pumper, Apparatus Driver Operator - Mobile Water Supply (MWS). 12. Special Retirement Provisions Authority: - FERS

Position covered as rigorous under the FERS special retirement provisions for Federal firefighters [5 USC 8401(14), 5 USC 8412 (d), and 5 CFR 842.802].



Position covered as a primary position under the CSRS special retirement provisions for Federal firefighter [5 USC 8331(21), 5 USC 8336.

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.

Your responses to the questionnaire may be compared to the documents you submit. The documents you submit must support your responses to the online questionnaire. If your application contradicts or does not support your questionnaire responses, you will receive a rating of "not qualified" or "insufficient information" and you will not receive further consideration for this job.

Applicants who disqualify themselves will not be evaluated further.

BENEFITS: Back to top The Department of Defense offers an excellent benefits program . In addition to your take-home pay, click here for an overview benefits currently offered to Federal employees.

Direct Deposit : All federal employees are required to have direct deposit.

OTHER INFORMATION: Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): For information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible click here . To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 8 0 or above on the rating criteria for this position.

Employed Annuitants (Reemployed Annuitants) : Applicants in receipt of an annuity based on civilian employment in the Federal Service are subject to the DoD Policy on The Employment of Annuitants. Click here for more information.

Incentives : Recruitment and/or retention incentives may or may not be used.

Current Federal Civilian employees may apply for temporary and term positions and if selected, a break in service of more than three (3) calendar days may be required prior to appointment to the position.

Temporary and Term Appointments: If you are selected for a temporary or term position, your appointment may be extended to the maximum period allowed by law without further competition.

90-Day Register: This announcement may result in a 90-day register that may be used to fill like vacancies for 90 days after the closing date. Applicants may be referred for consideration as vacancies occur.

HOW TO APPLY: Back to top To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

1. Your Resume (your latest resume will be used to determine your qualifications)
  • If you submit more than one copy of your resume, only the most recent (latest) 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, you will not be considered for this vacancy.
  • For qualification determinations your resume must contain hours worked per week and dates of employment (i.e., hours per week and month/year to month/year or month/year to present). If your resume does not contain this information, your application may be marked as insufficient and you will not receive consideration for this position.

2. A complete Occupational Questionnaire

3. Additional Required Documents (see Required Documents section below). Ensure all submitted documents contain your full name, address, phone number and last four digits of your social security number.

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Tuesday, August 20, 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 occupational 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, click here for the required cover page. This Vacancy ID is 943152. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144 .

If you cannot apply online:

1. Click the following link to view and print the questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire

2. OPM Form 1203-FX must be provided to show your responses to the occupational questionnaire. Please note: The numbering on the OPM Form 1203-FX will not match the Occupational Questionnaire in Section 25 of the OPM Form 1203-FX, which continously numbers from number one, while the Questionniare starts each section of questions with number one. When entering your responses please continue regardless of number sequence. Applicants are responsible for ensuring their responses are transferred accurately. Click here for the OPM Form 1203-FX.

3. Fax all required documents to 1-478-757-3144 . Your OPM Form 1203-FX will be the cover page for your fax transmission.

PLEASE NOTE: It is the applicant’s responsibility to verify that information entered, uploaded, or faxed (i.e., resume) is received, accurate and submitted by the closing date. You may verify your documents have been processed with your application package successfully by clicking here . Uploaded documents may take up to one hour to clear the virus scan. Faxed documents take 2-3 business days to process.

Human Resources WILL NOT modify or change any answers submitted by an applicant.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS: The following documents are required and must be provided by the closing date of the announcement. · Online Application (Questionnaire)
· Resume - If your resume includes a photograph or other inappropriate material or content, 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., hour per week and month/year to month/year or month/year to present). Resumes that do not contain this information may be marked as insufficient and applicants may not receive consideration for this position.

If selected, you will be required to submit the following documents to substantiate your eligibility and/or qualifications. A list of required documents for all eligibilities may be located here :
· Eligibility Documentation, SF50, DD214, Proof of Disability, Certification of Job Readiness, etc.
· Transcripts, if qualifying based on education or positive education series.

Phone: (800)525-0102
TDD: 800-382-0893
Email: CALL_ONLY_DO_NOT_EMAIL_@1800.525.0102.ORG
Agency Information:
Air Force Personnel Center
53147 Kansas St Ste 102

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