Firefighter
Department Of Veterans Affairs - North Little Rock, AR

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The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs employees who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who served our Country. Whatever the job title, every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people - our Veterans. Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your Country's service.

If you are transitioning from the military or a Veteran already, we invite you to explore the benefits of continuing your career at the VA. The VA is committed to hiring Veterans .

The VA is much more than just another employer. It is an honorable, open and welcoming community of those who care. Gratitude is our motivation and service is our mission.

The VA has adopted Core Values and Characteristics that apply universally across the Department. The five Core Values define “who we are,” our culture, and how we care for Veterans, their families and other beneficiaries. The Values are I ntegrity, C ommitment, A dvocacy, R espect and E xcellence (“ I CARE ”).

America's Veterans need you!

To find out more, go to http://www.va.gov/jobs/ .

KEY REQUIREMENTS

You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.

You will be subject to a background/suitability investigation.

DUTIES:
This position is
located at the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System in North Little
Rock, AR.

MULTI-GRADE OR

CAREER LADDER:
This position involves a multi-grade career ladder. The
major duties listed below represent the full performance level of GS-7. At the
GS-6 grade level, you will perform assignments of a more limited scope and with
less independence. You will progressively acquire the background necessary to
perform at the full performance level of GS-7. Promotion is at the discretion
of the supervisor and is contingent upon satisfactory performance, availability
of higher level work, and availability of funds.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:
Serves on either of two shifts and
provides fire protection and fire prevention in large structures, many of which
are multistoried where life hazards are high and require constant standby duty.

Operates
extinguishing agents, sprinkler systems, and standpipe risers.

Provides
fire prevention though inspection and advising medical center personnel of fire
hazards in related areas and actions to be taken as prescribed.

Conducts
fire inspections in all buildings and areas of the medical center. These
inspections include proper housekeeping and storage, inspecting fire doors,
panic hardware and self-closing devices, fire escapes and exits.

Serves
as a member of a crew assigned to a pumper on fire runs, alternating with the
other crew members at various positions as nozzle man, hydrant man, hose man or
rescue man using the equipment located on the pumper.

Regularly
performs preventive maintenance of fire fighting apparatus equipment, etc.,
such as checking batteries, tires, gas, oil level, siren and lights, etc.

Performs
other related duties as assigned.

Work Schedule: 7am-7am, including weekends and holidays. Work
schedule is 120 hours per pay period. Subject to overtime and/or recall.

DESIGNATED
DRUG-TESTING POSITION: Applicants tentatively
selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to
urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who
refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA. Applicants will not be
appointed to the position if a verified positive drug test result is received.

***RELOCATION EXPENSES AND/OR
INCENTIVES ARE NOT AUTHORIZED***

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
To

qualify for this position, you must meet the following:
GS-6:
One year of Specialized Experience equivalent to at least the GS-5 level in the
Federal service.

Specialized Experience: Experience that demonstrated the particular
knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA's) to perform successfully the duties of
the position. Such duties may include (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.

GS-7:
One year of Specialized Experience equivalent to at least the GS-6 level in the
Federal service.

Specialized Experience: Experience in a lead capacity that demonstrated
the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA's) to perform successfully
the duties of the position. Such duties may include leading or overseeing (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.

AND

Maximum
Entry Age: (a) For initial appointments, you cannot have reached your 37th
birthday by the day of appointment. (b) If you have passed the designated entry
age limit noted, but have previously served in a covered position you may be
eligible to re-enter the fire service provided that you: 1) meet all applicable
qualifications for the position; and 2) will be able to complete a total of 20
years of covered and creditable Federal firefighter service by the time the
Federal firefighter reaches the age of 57. Prior service in covered positions
and credit towards retirement may be subtracted from your age to determine if
the Federal firefighter meets the maximum entry age.

AND

This
position includes Selective Placement Factors (skill, knowledge, ability
or other worker characteristic basic to - and essential for - satisfactory
performance of the job). Selective Placements Factors are a prerequisite to
appointment and represent minimum requirements for a position. Applicants who do
not meet it are ineligible for further consideration.

The selective

placement factors for this position are:
Firefighter
II certification

Driver
Operator certification

Hazardous
Materials Operations, First Responder certification

You must submit proof (copies) of required certifications to
receive consideration.

You
will be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other
characteristics (KSAOs) as part of the assessment questionnaire for this
position: (Narrative responses are not required.)

·
Ability
to perform basic life support.

·
Skill
in the operation of all extinguishing agents, sprinkler systems, and standpipe
risers and knowledge of main electrical disconnects, natural gas shutoffs, and
oxygen supply lines so that immediate shutdown can accomplished if necessary.

·
Ability
to operate a crew assigned to a 1000-gpm pumper on ire runs, alternating with
other crew members at various positions as nozzle man, hydrant man, hose man,
or rescue man, using the equipment located on the pumper.

·
Ability
to perform fire inspections in all buildings and areas of a medical center.

·
Knowledge
of special protective, self-contained breathing apparatus where chemicals,
poisonous materials, radioactive materials or hazardous biological products are
involved.

Physical Requirements: The
firefighter is subject to hazardous duty, potentially imminent danger
situations, and must maintain a good physical condition. Physical exertions are
required due to inspections, survey, fire suppression activities and emergency
services. Crawling, walking, running, and climbing are required. Manipulating
fire equipment, wearing specialized fire equipment, and working at 40 feet
heights are all required. The selectee must be able to maintain fitness
standards in accordance with the firefighter physicals.

For more
information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States
Office of Personnel Management's website at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications .

IN
DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE
ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume does not support your
questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).

APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Please refer to this checklist to ensure proper accreditation and for foreign education requirements.

Veteran's Preference:
When applying for Federal jobs, eligible veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of DD-214(s) showing all dates of service as well as character of service (honorable, general, etc.). Additionally, veterans with service-connected disability of 10% or more must also submit a copy of their official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying their service-connected disability and/or their receipt of compensation for service-connected disability. If the military member is within 120 days of separation and does not yet have a DD214, the member may instead submit any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed.

Veterans with service-connected disability of less than 10%, non service-connected disability, and Purple Heart recipients, as-well-as those claiming derived preference for a spouse, widow or widower, or natural mother, should refer to and submit a completed " SF15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference ," (go to http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf ) and required documentation with your application materials. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx .

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Applicants will be ranked based on four quality groups, as follows:

Best qualified - applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are highly proficient in all requirements of the job and can perform effectively in the position;

Highly qualified - applicants possessing experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in most of the requirements of the job;

Well qualified - applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in some, but not all, of the requirements of the job; and

Qualified - applicants possessing experience and/or education that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors.

After the vacancy announcement closes, reviewed applications are evaluated against the questionnaire responses and placed in the appropriate quality group. Qualified veterans will be afforded preference by being placed at the top of the appropriate quality group. Qualifying veterans with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be placed at the top of the best qualified group. The best qualified group is the first to be referred to the hiring facility for further consideration and possible interview. The remaining groups may be referred based on the number of applicants available.

BENEFITS:
VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered: http://www.va.gov/jobs/job_benefits/benefits.asp .

The Federal Government has special appointing authorities for persons with qualifying disabilities (go to http://www.opm.gov/disability/peoplewithdisabilities.asp ). For additional information on these, and other special appointing authorities, refer to this checklist or contact the hiring Human Resources Management Service at: CAVHS
2200 Fort Roots Drive
North Little Rock, AR 72114-1706

OTHER INFORMATION:
Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location) and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp .

VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

You may be required to serve a probationary period.

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The United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is a government-run military veteran benefit system with Cabinet-level status. It is...