Firefighter (Basic Life Support)

Fort Lee, Virginia
Apr 16, 2021
Apr 17, 2021
Full Time


About the Position:The Fort Lee Fire and Emergency Services Division exists to protect the lives, safety, environment, and property of all persons in the community and surrounding areas we serve; to educate, inform, and enforce life safety in a caring and effective manner. We strive to continually evaluate the quality of our service delivery system and provide the highest level of service possible for the resources provided to the division.
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  • Responds on and off site to accidents and other emergencies involving injury and illnesses.
  • Responds to alarms, combats fire, and rescues personnel requiring the full performance of firefighting tasks.
  • Inspects operational readiness of fire apparatus, medic units, and various types of equipment.
  • Unreels and connects hose, lays hose lines, operates charged lines, places and raises ladders, operates portable and stationary firefighting apparatus, ventilates buildings.
  • Serves as Firefighter/EMT-B providing fire and emergency services for all post structures, facilities, and personnel.
  • Employs a variety of established emergency medical techniques, methods, and equipment to stabilize the patient before transporting to a health care facility.
  • Determines the nature and seriousness of the patient's condition by performing the initial and on-going focused patient assessment and physical examination including the search for medical alert symbols.
  • Evacuates or rescues occupants, uses chemicals, axes, bars, hooks, self-contained breathing apparatus and other firefighting equipment to extinguish fires and protect life and property.
  • Serves as a fully trained member of a fire fighting crew engaged in the protection of life and property.
  • Acts as on-scene attendant in-charge at emergency incidents.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel up to 5% business travel for this position.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • This position has a Temporary Duty (TDY) or business travel requirement of 5% of the time.
  • This position requires heavy physical effort in the frequent handling of objects such as hoses, cylinders, and extinguishers weighing 50 lbs. or more.
  • Appointment may be subject to a suitability or fitness determination, as determined by a completed background investigation.
  • Appointment to this position is subject to a National Agency Check with written Inquiries (NACI) background investigation to determine your suitability for Federal employment.
  • Must be able to pass pre-appointment and subsequent periodic medical examinations in accordance with Department of Defense (DoD) 6055.05M to determine fitness for continued performance of the duties of the position.
  • This position requires participation in the Fire Division's Fitness and Wellness Program that includes a cardiovascular physical fitness program IAW NFPA 1583 and DODI 6055.06.
  • The duties of this position require the incumbent to possess and maintain a valid state Driver's License in one of the 50 U.S. states or possessions to operate vehicles.
  • Work requires a valid U.S. Government motor vehicle operator's license within 3 months of employment.
  • The duties of this position meet the criteria for compliance with Federal and Department of the Army Drug Free Workplace Programs. This position is subject to a pre-employment screening, and random testing thereafter.
  • This position requires employees the wear of a uniform and appropriate safety apparel in accordance with established policies and procedures.
  • This position is subject to recall after normal duty hours and is subject to an uncommon tour of duty: 72 hours work per week (144 hours per pay period) which includes evenings, weekends, holidays, or special situations.
  • This position has been designated "Mission Essential". In the event of severe weather conditions or other such emergency type situations the incumbent is required to report to work or remain at work as scheduled to support mission operations.
  • Employees assigned are required to be screened for applicable immunizations or pre-existing immunity based on occupational risk.
  • This position has a mandatory Hepatitis B immunization requirement. A candidate tentatively selected for appointment to this position will be required to sign a statement consenting to Hepatitis B immunization.
  • This position has a mandatory seasonal influenza vaccination requirement and is therefore subject to annual seasonal influenza vaccinations.
  • This position requires you to obtain and maintain a valid Emergency Operators certification within 12 months of employment.


Who May Apply: US Citizens

In order to qualify, you must meet the 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: One year of specialized experience which includes: responding to fire and rescue incidents such as brush, forest and structural fires, hazardous material spills, releases and containment and decontamination work; providing basic life support treatment to patients within the pre-hospital environment performing patient assessments and examinations and providing prompt and efficient patient care. This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the next lower grade/level position in the federal service (GS-06).

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 Qualifications: In addition to specialized experience this position requires the incumbent to possess the following certificates awarded by the Department of Defense (DoD), International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC), or the Fire Service Professional Qualifications System (Pro-Board) accredited training; Firefighter II and Driver/Operator (D/O) Pumper. You must also possess certification as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) which must be issued by the State of Virginia or national registry. If you do not submit all three of the above certifications you will be rated ineligible.
IMPORTANT: If you have received a Student ID# for the DoD Fire and Emergency Services Certification Program website (, please provide a copy of your most recent certification transcript. Note: If you do not know your Student ID, you may contact the USAF/AFCEC Reachback Center at as the DOD FESCP administrator to access the system. If you do not have a Student ID and/or cannot access the Certificate Program site, you must upload a copy of your individual certifications or transcript at the time of your application or you will be removed from consideration.

Reciprocity is a State of Virginia requirement. The Office of Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Virginia Department of Health, recognizes all current National Registry certifications for reciprocity. Individuals selected for this position must be able to obtain a State of Virginia Emergency Medical Services reciprocity for certification program, within 30 days of start date. An out of state-candidate coming into Virginia's Emergency Medical Services (EMS) system with a current National Registry EMT certification will be required to complete an application for reciprocity and mail copies of EMS credential to the Division of Education Development of the Office of EMS within 30 days of start date. It is the employee's responsibility to obtain and maintain the appropriate Virginia EMT certification level while employed and holding the Firefighter-EMT position.
You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency in the following areas:
  • Decision Making
  • Emergency Communication
  • Emergency Medical Care
  • Firefighting Equipment
  • Oral Communication

Firefighter Special Retirement Coverage (Primary/Rigorous)

This position has been identified by Department of Army and approved by the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness as a covered primary, rigorous position for special retirement coverage as identified in 5 CFR 831 Subpart I for CSRS Retirement coverage and 5 CFR 842 Subpart H for FERS retirement coverage. The individual hired is subject to Special Retirement provisions to include additional contributions to the retirement fund, mandatory separation/retirement at age 57 with 20 years of approved special retirement provisions service, options for early retirement at any age after 25 years of approved special retirement provisions service, or at age 50 with 20 years of approved special retirement provisions service.

Department of Defense (DoD), in accordance with 5 USC 3307, has determined an individual must be appointed to their first/original appointment into a DoD position that has been identified and approved as a primary firefighter no later than the last day of the month in which they become 37. Preference eligible veterans over the age of 37, may apply regardless of the age restriction. If selected, a waiver of the age restriction will be requested by the hiring official for approval by the Department of Army.

An individual who is past the maximum entry age (37) who previously served in an approved primary position may be reinstated to a covered primary position provided they meet the applicable qualification requirements AND will be able to complete a total of 20 years of covered service as a firefighter by the last day of the month in which they become 57.

The Department of Army may approve an exception to the maximum entry age (37) for the original entry of a non-veteran-preference-eligible applicant into a primary covered firefighter position. Exceptions shall be extremely rare and based only on a compelling hardship to the mission. Should an exception be granted, the employee shall be separated on the last day of the month in which he/she completes 20 years of special retirement provisions covered service.

In addition to providing the required eligibility documentation listed elsewhere in this job announcement, you must provide sufficient documentation to determine proof of age. This documentation should be attached under Special Retirement Coverage as identified in the Required Documents section.

For reentry into a primary covered position, you must also provide sufficient documentation (SF-50s) to show length of service in a previous covered firefighter position.

Additional information regarding Special Retirement coverage.
CSRS Retirement
FERS Retirement


This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

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.
  • If you have retired from federal service and you are interested in employment as a reemployed annuitant, see the information in the Reemployed Annuitant information sheet.
  • This is a Career Program (CP) 12 - Safety and Occupational Health position.
  • You may claim military spouse preference.
  • If a MSP applicant is determined best qualified and selected, placement must be at the full performance level for priority consideration.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

Trust determination process

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 has an individual occupational requirement and/or allows for substitution of education for experience. If you meet this requirement based on education you MUST submit a copy of your transcript with your application package or you will be rated ineligible. See: Transcripts and Licenses
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.