Firefighter (Paramedic)
Department of the Army - Fort Carson, CO

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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:
You will serve as a Firefighter (Paramedic) in the Fort Carson Directorate of Emergency Services, performing a variety of firefighting, Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic, and Hazardous Materials responder duties for a large installation, including maneuver and downrange training areas.

Maximum Entry Age (MEA)

The MEA for firefighters is 37. An employee originally hired into a covered firefighter position must be hired by the last day of the month he/she reaches 37.

Maximum Re-entry Age

An employee who previously served on a covered position may be rehired past the MEA as long as he/she is able to complete 20 years of covered service by his/her mandatory retirement age. The maximum re-entry for the individual is calculated by determining the total amount of time he/she has served on a covered position and subtracting that from age 57 if a firefighter. The employee's current age is compared to the calculated maximum re-entry age to determine if he/she can be rehired into the covered position.

Waivers to Maximum Entry Age

MEA may be waived, but only under specific circumstances and only if approved by the authorized entity: waivers to MEA for firefighters must be approved by the local command.

Mandatory Separation

An employee who occupies a special retirement position is subject to mandatory separation when all the following minimum conditions are met: age 57; completion of 20 years of creditable service as a firefighter.

Mandatory separation is effective on the last day of the month in which the minimum conditions are met. Employees who are subject to mandatory separation are given a notice period of at least 60 days.

As a result of sequestration and budget shortfalls, Army is furloughing most of its employees for some amount of time during fiscal year 2013. An employee in this position MAY be subject to furlough. If applicable, specific information regarding the administrative furlough will be provided to the individual selected for this position.

Who May Apply: US Citizens
    KEY REQUIREMENTS
  • Payment of moving expenses is not authorized.

DUTIES: As a Firefighter, you will respond to fire alarms for all classes of fires, including those involving radioactive and/or hazardous materials, medical emergencies, rescue operations, wild land fires, hazardous material incidents, and aircraft emergencies. You will assess fire ground conditions for safety, and upon arrival at emergency scenes position apparatus, taking into consideration pre-planned instructions and such factors as hydrant locations, exposure, wind direction, overhead power lines, terrain, and rescue equipment. As a Paramedic, you will provide medical care to on-site accidents and other emergencies involving injuries and illnesses. You will conduct complete examinations of patients to determine the nature, extent, and seriousness of their conditions and determine the appropriate treatment. You will perform operator maintenance on emergency vehicles, firefighting, and medical equipment as required.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: In order to qualify, you must meet the education and/or experience requirements described below. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience; if qualifying based on education, your transcripts will be required as part of your application.

Experience required: To qualify based on your work experience, your resume must describe at least one year of experience which prepared you to do the work in this job. Specialized experience is defined as: experience responding to fire alarms for all classes of fires, including those involving radioactive and/or hazardous materials, medical emergencies, rescue operations, wild land fires, hazardous material incidents, and aircraft emergencies; experience assessing fire ground conditions for safety; experience positioning apparatus; experience providing medical care to on-site accidents and other emergencies involving injuries and illnesses; experience conducting complete examinations of patients to determine their conditions and the appropriate treatments; experience performing operator maintenance on emergency vehicles, firefighting, and medical equipment. This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the next lower grade/level position in the federal service (GS-08).

You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency (knowledge, skills, abilities) in the following areas:
  • Knowledge of Firefighting Procedures
  • Ability to Operate Fire Safety Equipment
  • Skill in Maintaining Firefighting Equipment
  • Skill in Paramedic Procedures

Some federal jobs allow you to substitute your education for the required experience in order to qualify. For this job, you must meet the qualification requirement using experience alone--no substitution of education for experience is permitted.

Other Requirements: Click here for more information.
  • If you are male AND if you were born after December 31, 1959, you must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.
  • You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.
  • You may be required to serve one year in a trial/probationary status.
  • Direct deposit of pay is required.
  • You will be required to possess and maintain Department of Defense (DoD), Pro-Board, or International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) Firefighter I & II and Airport Firefighter certifications for the duration of employment.
  • You will be required to possess and maintain Colorado Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic certification or certification through the National Registry for Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) for the duration of employment.
  • You will be required to possess and maintain a valid state driver's license for the duration of employment.
  • You will be required to obtain and maintain DoD, IFSAC or Pro-Board driver operator (pumper, aerial, Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting (ARFF) and Mobile Water Supply) certifications for the duration of employment.
  • You will be required to obtain and maintain a National Wildfire Coordinating Group/National Incident Management System Incident Command System (NWCG/NIMS ICS) qualification indicating Firefighter Type II certification (Red Card) for the duration of employment.
  • You will be required to submit to and pass a pre-employment drug test and random drug testing for the duration of employment.
  • You will be required to submit to and pass a pre-employment physical examination and annual physical examinations for the duration of employment.
  • This is an "essential" position. You may be required to take part in readiness exercises, you must be removed from military recall status, and you may not join a reserve unit during mobilization.
  • You will be required to work 72 hour weekly tours, weekends, and holidays.
  • You will be required to wear the prescribed uniform and/or other personal protective equipment (PPE) while on duty.
  • You will be required to pass a Physical Agility Test in accordnace with AR 420-1.
  • You will be required to complete tasks on a daily basis requiring heavy physical effort in the handling of objects weighing 45 lbs or more, lifting/carrying personnel such as an adult male in emergency situations, and the use of all types of rescue equipment.
  • You will be required to possess and maintain Basic Cardiac Life Support certification for the duration of employment.
  • You will be required to possess and maintain Advanced Cardiac Life Support certification for the duration of employment.
  • You will be required to obtain and maintain DoD HAZMAT Technician certification for the duration of employment.

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 Rating : Qualified 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/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/ .

BENEFITS: The Department of Defense offers an excellent benefits program. In addition to your take-home pay, your comprehensive compensation/benefits package will include most of the benefits described at https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Pay_and_Benefits .

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.dtic.mil/whs/directives/corres/pdf/1400.25-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. [Delete this statement if this announcement will only be used to fill one position]
  • Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid work experience.

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