Firefighter (Paramedic)

Fort Lee, Virginia
Sep 13, 2021
Sep 21, 2021
Full Time


About the Position: This is a TERM position.

This position is included under the provisions of Special Retirement Coverage (SRC) and may have both a maximum entry age and a mandatory retirement date. For more information follow this link:
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  • Administer emergency care for injuries at accident sites
  • Provide medical care as a Paramedic
  • Perform preventative checks on trucks and equipment on a daily basis
  • Maintain tools and equipment for the organization
  • Provide advanced or detailed patient assessment by conducting a systematic evaluation of the patient's condition and selects from a variety of prescribed protocols the one that he/she considers appropriate under the given circumstances.
  • Operate telephone and radio-communications equipment and systems to communicate with receiving facility
  • Use a variety of hand and power tools and works in all phases of firefighting/rescue operations.
  • Use a variety of light rescue tools and equipment for removal of victims/patients.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Appointment may be subject to a suitability or fitness determination, as determined by a completed background investigation.
  • Must be able to pass pre-appointment and subsequent periodic medical examinations to determine fitness for continued performance of the duties of the position.
  • This position requires you to meet all physical fitness requirements as directed by current regulatory guidance.
  • 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.
  • This position is subject to recall after normal tour in cases of emergencies, to maintain staffing or in the interest of the government.
  • Normal tour of duty is seventy-two (72) hours per week. Position requires incumbent to work a minimum of a 72 hour week.
  • 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 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.
  • This position requires use of all safety equipment and clothing provided by management.
  • This position requires heavy physical effort in the frequent handling of objects such as hoses, cylinders, and extinguishers weighing 50 lbs. or more.
  • Appointment to this position is subject to a National Agency Check with written Inquiries (NACI) background investigation to determine your suitability for Federal employment.
  • 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.
  • Employees assigned are required to be screened for applicable immunizations based on occupational risk. This position is subject to screening and update of required immunizations unless exempted for medical or administrative reasons.
  • Due to the nature of this position, employees are required to work both planned and unscheduled overtime.
  • This position requires you to obtain and maintain a valid Emergency Vehicle Operators certification within 12 months of employment.
  • This position requires participation in the Division Wellness Program and job performance testing.


Who May Apply: US Citizens

In order to qualify, you must meet the 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: One year of specialized experience which includes responding to fire and rescue incidents such as brush, forest and structural fires, hazardous material spills, release and containment and decontamination; work providing intermediate/advanced life support treatment to patients within the pre-hospital environment performing such duties as patient assessment and intervention which includes circulatory assessment; cardiac monitoring and monitoring of cardiac arrest; performing Advanced Life Support (ALS) employing a variety of established emergency techniques, methods, and equipment.. This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the next lower grade/level position in the federal service (GS-08)

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.

You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency in the following areas:

  • Emergency Communication
  • Emergency Medical Care
  • Fire Suppression
  • Search & Rescue


This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

Additional information

  • This is a TERM position. It is a time limited position and may be extended up to a maximum of eight years. This position MAY be converted to a permanent career or career-conditional appointment without further competition as long as all requirements are met. To be eligible for conversion, employee must complete at least 2 years of current continuous service under a term appointment in the competitive service AND employee must have a current performance rating under such term appointment of at least fully successful or equivalent.
  • 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. DoD Certificates and NREMT License :
  • You MUST submit a copy of the following: Firefighter II and Driver/Operator (D/O) Pumper certified through DoD Fire and Emergency Services Certification System, International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC), or the Fire Service Professional Qualifications System (PRO-Board) AND a State or National Registry EMT-Paramedic License (card must show expiration date). 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-Paramedic position. If your application package does not contain proof of having these certificates and license , your application will be marked as incomplete and you WILL NOT receive consideration for this position.
  • 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. (Rather than submitting your EMT License, you may print proof of current registration with NREMT from their website ( )
  • If you are a current federal employee and do not have one of the required certificates due to the DoD F&ES Certification Program delay - You may submit a provisional certificate, memorandum from the Fire Chief requesting the certificates, and/or another document showing completion of the course. PLEASE NOTE: If selected, you will not be placed into the position until the official certificate has been received from the DoD F&ES Certificate Program.
3. Other supporting documents:
  • Cover Letter, optional
  • Most recent Performance Appraisal, if applicable

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.

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