Firefighter
Department of the Army - Fort Riley, KS

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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:

NOTE: Positions will be filled at either the GS-04, GS-05, and GS-06 levels with promotion potential to the full performance GS-07 level.

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.

Fort Riley is located 120 miles west of Kansas City between Junction City (town of approximately 17,000) and Manhattan (college town of 45,000 residents). The local area has two large freshwater lakes for fishing, swimming, boating or camping. There are many other opportunities, Big XII Kansas State Wildcats football; Milford Lake Wetlands; hiking on the Konza Prairies; or golf at a nationally ranked course. Go hunting or ride your off-road vehicle at one of the largest ORV areas in Kansas.

Who May Apply: US Citizens
    KEY REQUIREMENTS
  • Works 72-hour weekly/144-hour pay period tour of duty.
  • Maximum 37 years of age entry restriction.

DUTIES: Employee serves as a crewmember protecting life and property. Responds to alarms and fights fire involving structures, equipment, and facilities; crashed and burning aircraft; and fuel, chemical, and brush fires. Performs fire protection inspections in areas where no unusual fire hazards are expected and the potential severity is low. Employee performs maintenance, operational, housekeeping, emergency, and standby duties. Operates alarm room equipment including radio, fire reporting systems, and computer modem for hazardous material information and performs maintenance tasks on firefighting apparatus, equipment, and facilities. The employee performs emergency procedures that are noninvasive. In performing these procedures, the employee performs initial and on-going focused patient assessment and physical examination; determines priority of patient care based on assessment findings; takes, records, and monitors patients baseline vital signs.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: Specialized experience: To qualify at the GS-04 grade level applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-03 grade level. To qualify at the GS-05 grade level applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-04 grade level. To qualify at the GS-06 grade level applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-05 grade level. Specialized experience is defined as experience that equipped the applicant to perform the duties of this position such as: (1) controlling or extinguishing fires as a member of an organized military, industrial, volunteer, or governmental fire department or brigade; (2) rescue operations; (3) detection, reduction, or elimination of potential fire hazards; (4) operation of fire communications equipment; (5) controlling hazardous materials incidents and/or (6) developing, implementing, or providing training in fire protection and prevention, or other work that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled.

You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency (knowledge, skills, abilities)in the following areas:
  • Knowledge of Firefighting Principles
  • Ability to use Firefighter equipment
  • Skill in performing different types of rescue operations

Education Substitution :

GS-04 Grade Level Only :

Appropriate firefighter training may be substituted for experience. Successful completion of a 2-year course of study in an accredited college or university in Fire Training, Fire Science, or other related fields of study is qualifying for the GS-04.

GS-05 Grade Level Only :

Appropriate firefighter training may be subsituted for experience. Successful completion of a 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university with major study in Fire Science, Fire Training, or other related fields of study is qualifying for the GS-05.

Other Requirements:
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Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.

You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.

One year trial/probationary period may be required.

Direct Deposit of Pay is Required.

Required Certificates:

GS-04: For the GS-04 level, applicants must be able to obtain and maintain the following certificates: Firefighter I, Firefighter II, HazMat Awareness and HazMat Operations within 1 year from date of hire. Incumbant must be certified at the Airport Firefighter level within 18 months of appointment. Additionally the employee must obtain and maintain a current Basic Life Support for the Healthcare Provider (CPR and AED) card within 12 months of appointment.

GS-05: For the GS-05 level, applicants must be Department of Defense Certified as Firefighter I, Firefighter II, HazMat Awareness and HazMat Operations, and Airport Firefighter. Additionally the applicant must obtain and maintain a current Basic Life Support for the Healthcare Provider (CPR and AED) card.

GS-06: In addition to the GS-05 level requirements, at the GS-06 level applicants must be Department of Defense Certified as a Driver/Operator ARFF, Driver Operator Pumper, and NWCG Wildland Firefighter Type II.

Conditions of Employment:

Heavy physical effort is required in the frequent handling of objects such as cylinders and extinguishers weighing 45 lbs or more. Employee may be required to lift/carry personnel in emergency situations. Duties require full use of both arms, both legs, and fingers to bend, turn, pull, crawl, kneel, and climb for such tasks as use of aerial ladders, firefighting equipment controls, arranging/connecting hoses, rappelling, operation of fire truck and all types of rescue operations, etc. Incumbent is responsible for the proper handling of specific hazardous wastes generated by the unit, activity or facility; operation of a hazardous waste generation point, and assisting in emergency action involving hazardous waste. Assigned work may include collecting, storing, moving, labeling (including dating), segregating, preparing turn-in documents on, and maintaining records on hazardous wastes. Incumbent will successfully complete an initial program of classroom or on-the-job training covering hazardous waste management as well as annual renewal training. Employee may be subject to periodic (e.g. annual) medical examinations following appointment to determine fitness for continued performance of the duties of the position. Position includes a continuing requirement to satisfy job-oriented training. Must be able to obtain and maintain a current, valid state motor vehicle operator license to operate vehicles up to one ton. During rescue operations, incumbent may come into contact with human blood or other potential infectious materials which may result in possible exposure to blood borne pathogens. The employee must obtain and maintain current Emergency Medical Technician certification commensurate with the level of their duties. This position is covered as a rigorous/primary position. This position is covered by the Civilian Drug Abuse Testing Program. Employee must remain clean-shaven to insure integrity of mask fit for breathing apparatus.

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 q uestionnaire 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/ctap/index.asp .

BENEFITS: The Department of Defense offers excellent benefits programs some of which may include:
  • Comprehensive health and life insurance
  • Competitive salaries
  • Generous retirement programs
  • Paid holidays, sick leave, and vacation time
  • Flexible work environment to include use of Telework and alternate work schedules
  • Paid employment related training and education
  • Possible student loan repayment
  • Payment of licenses, certification, and academic degrees as applicable
  • Bonuses, incentives, and awards as appropriate for the job.


  • 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.cpms.osd.mil/ASSETS/E8AB932EA1E44617BAC7222922E42A62/DoDl140025-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 .)

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