Firefighter (Basic Life Support/Hazmat Technician)

Fort AP Hill, Virginia
Oct 18, 2019
Oct 26, 2019
Full Time


About the Position: This Firefighter (Basic Life Support/Hazardous Material Technician) GS-0081-07 position with the Directorate of Emergency Services, Fire Prevention and Protection Division, is located at Fort A.P.Hill, Virginia. Fort A.P. Hill.

Fort A.P. Hill falls under the Richmond general schedule pay scale, with a locality pay of 18.79%. Fort A.P. Hill does not fall under the Washington, DC metropolitan area pay scale.

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Serves as a member of the Fire and Emergency Services Division, performing a variety of firefighting, EMT and Hazardous Material Technician duties. Operates major motorized firefighting equipment; equipment such as two way radios, pumps, valves, ladders, SCBA, etc; Performs fire protection inspections, prepares reports of unsafe conditions and reports them to the Fire Prevention Division. Serves as hoseman, ladderman, hydrantman, rescue man, and/or as member of a standby crew. Follows protocol in providing emergency medical care as an Emergency Medical Technician. Ensures proper functioning of vehicles via routine check and makes minor repairs. Serves as a member of the base primary hazardous material spill and weapons of mass destruction response team, demonstrating the basic hazard and risk assessment techniques. Performs alarm room watch on a rotating basis.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Business travel 5%

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Appointment may be subject to a suitability or fitness determination, as determined by a completed background investigation.
  • This position is covered by the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Program. You will be required to sign a DA 5019 and take and pass a urinalysis test prior to appointment and periodically thereafter.
  • Must be able to pass pre-appointment and subsequent periodic medical examinations IAW DoD 6055.5M to determine fitness for continued performance of the duties of the position.
  • Incumbent must successfully complete an annual Job Performance Test.
  • Incumbent must participate in a cardiovascular physical fitness program.
  • Incumbent must wear a uniform and safety apparel in accordance with established policies and procedures.
  • Incumbent is required to report for duty during inclement weather, Natural Disasters, and other emergency situations and may be required to remain in duty after the official shift ends, i.e. mandatory overtime; recall to duty.
  • The work requires the incumbent to drive a motor vehicle. An appropriate, valid state and government driver's license is required as well as Vehicle Operations certification to operate all vehicles assigned to the Department.
  • This position requires the employee to work 72 hours a week on a 48 on 72 off basis, which includes weekends and holidays and may be subject to recall after normal tour of duty in cases of emergencies.
  • This position requires approval to practice as an EMT-Basic by the Rappahannock Emergency Medical Services (REMS) Operational Medical Doctor (OMD) in the REMS region.


Who May Apply: US Citizens

In order to qualify, you must meet the education and/or experience requirements described below. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student; social). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience; if qualifying based on education, your transcripts will be required as part of your application. Additional information about transcripts is in this document .

Specialized Experience GS-07: One year of specialized experience which includes work that involves the use of firefighting and fire prevention techniques and methods such as performing search and rescue, operating hose lines and performing ventilation; use of firefighting equipment such as driving and operating a full range of emergency services apparatus to include pumpers and aerial trucks; perform hazard assessment and/or conduct fire prevention inspections; use of HAZMAT control procedures containing spills and leaks, applying absorbents, and operating various meters; perform basic life support functions and medical protocols such as performing patient assessment, stabilizing a patient,performing CPR, using an AED, airway management and treating for shock. This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the next lower grade/level position in the federal service (GS-06).

Selective Placement Factor: This position requires the following certifications; Airport Firefighter, Hazardous Materials Technician, Firefighter I, Firefighter II, Emergency Medical Technician - Basic (EMT-B), Driver/Operator Pumper, Driver Operator ARFF.

You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency in the following areas:
  • Emergency Medical Care
  • Emergency Response
  • Fire Suppression
  • Firefighting Equipment


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.

Additional information

  • 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.
  • Two year trial/probationary period may be required.
  • Direct Deposit of Pay is required.
  • Selection is subject to restrictions resulting from Department of Defense referral system for displaced employees.
  • This is a Career Program (CP) 12 - Safety position.
  • You may claim military spouse preference.
  • Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement.
  • Salary includes applicable locality pay or Local Market Supplement.
  • Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP). If you are a Federal employee in the competitive service and your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority for this position. To receive selection priority, you must: (1) meet ICTAP eligibility criteria (2) be rated well-qualified for the position and; (3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your ICTAP eligibility. To be considered well-qualified and receive selection priority applicants must satisfy all qualification requirements for the position and receive a score of 90 or above. Additional information about the program is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website. /FTR%20Bulletin%2018_05%20Relocation%20Allowances_0.pdf for more information.
  • If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application .
  • Payment of Permanent Change of Station (PCS) costs is not authorized, based on a determination that a PCS move is not in the Government interest.
  • Rather than submitting individual DoD certificates, you may opt to use the DoD Lookup System Website (,and then save and upload your one/two page individual report. In addition to the above, you must also submit copies of non-DoDcertifications and supporting documents outlined in the Requirements Section of this announcement.
  • 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.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Once the announcement has closed, a review of your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) will be used to determine whether you meet the qualification requirements listed on this announcement. If you are minimally qualified, your résumé and supporting documentation will be compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine your level of experience. If, after reviewing your résumé and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully when applying, errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.

You should list any relevant performance appraisals and incentive awards in your resume as that information may be taken into consideration during the selection process. If selected, you may be required to provide supporting documentation.

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.
  • Best Qualified. Candidates in this category possess exceptional skills and experience to exceed well above the minimum requirements for the announced position.
  • Highly Qualified. Candidates in this category possess good skills and experience above the minimum requirements for the announced position.
  • Qualified. Candidates in this category meet the minimum experience requirements for the announced position.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Noncritical-Sensitive (NCS)/Moderate Risk

Trust determination process
National security

Required Documents

The documents you are required to submit vary based on whether or not you are eligible for preference in federal employment. A complete description of preference categories and the associated required documents is in the Applicant Checklist (External) .

As described above, your complete application includes your resume, your responses to the online questionnaire, and documents which prove your eligibility to apply. If you fail to provide these documents, you will be marked as having an incomplete application package and you will not be considered any further.

1. Your resume:
  • Your resume may be submitted in any format and must support the specialized experience described in this announcement.
  • If your resume includes a photograph or other inappropriate material or content, it will not be used to make eligibility and qualification determinations and you may not be considered for this vacancy.
  • For qualifications determinations your resume must contain hours worked per week and the dates of employment (i.e., HRS 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 incomplete and you may not receive consideration for this position.
  • For additional information see: What to include in your resume .
2. Other supporting documents:
  • Cover Letter, optional
  • Most recent Performance Appraisal, if applicable
  • This position requires a job-related license or certification. You MUST submit a copy of your license or certification with your application package or you will be rated ineligible. See: Transcripts and Licenses
  • Rather than submitting individual DoD certificates, you may opt to use the DoD Lookup System website (,and then save and upload your one/two page individual report. In addition to the above, you must also submit copies of non-DoDcertifications and supporting documents outlined in the Requirements section of this announcement.
NOTE: Documents submitted as part of the application package, to include supplemental documents, may be shared beyond the Human Resources Office. Some supplemental documents such as military orders and marriage certificates may contain personal information for someone other than you. You may sanitize these documents to remove another person's personal information before you submit your application. You may be asked to provide an un-sanitized version of the documents if you are selected to confirm your eligibility.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

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. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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