Air Mobility Command FIREFIGHTER in McConnell AFB, Kansas
Summary The primary purpose of this position is to serve as a firefighter assigned to drive and operate firefighting vehicles of significant complexity and lead the regularly assigned crew of less than three firefighters engaged in structural and airfield firefighting and crash/rescue operations, and assist in the reduction and/or elimination of potential fire hazards. Responsibilities Drive and operate firefighting vehicles, such as pumpers, aerial ladder trucks and Airport Rescue Firefighting (ARFF) vehicles. Determine proper pressures, the number of lines, and relays requirements to the booster pumper. Perform and direct assigned crew in the performance of crash/rescue and firefighting duties at airfields handling large or complex aircraft (e.g. fighters, bombers, cargo, passenger). Perform pre-fire planning by physically going through structures to become familiar with the layout, fire hazards, and location of fixed fire protection systems. Lead a crew of one or two firefighters, GS-04 or GS-05, assigned to man the major piece of motorized firefighting equipment in firefighting and rescue operations. Requirements Conditions of Employment Qualifications THIS ANNOUNCEMENT HAS BEEN AMENDED TO INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING: Incumbent has one year from date of hire to obtain the Apparatus Driver Operator - Aerial firefighter certification. In order to qualify, you must meet the specialized experience requirements described in the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards for General Schedule Positions, Individual Occupational Requirement for 0081 series. SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Applicants must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-05 level in federal service which equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA's) to successfully perform the duties Firefighter. Specialized experience is experience which may have been gained while driving and operating firefighting vehicles and engaging in structural and airfield firefighting and crash/rescue operations and assisting in the reduction and/or elimination of potential fire hazards. In additional to meeting the specialized experience above, each applicant must be able to submit the following required Firefighting certifications prior to their start date: Airport Firefighter (includes Firefighter I, II) Hazmat Operations (includes Hazmat Awareness) Appratus Driver Operator- Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting Apparatus Driver Operator- Pumper Apparatus Driver Operator-Mobile Water Supply (MWS)* (*NOTE- Required if MWS is assigned) Incumbent has one year from date of hire to obtain the Apparatus Driver Operator - Aerial firefighter certification. KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (KSAs): Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas: Knowledge to drive and operate firefighting vehicles of significant complexity. Knowledge of the principles of hydraulics as they pertain to water flow, water pressure, water levels, line (friction) losses, etc; and of basic and specialized firefighting equipment (fire alarm system operation, fire extinguishing equipment operation, etc.), techniques, and procedures. Knowledge of basic building design, construction, and occupancy; and of the latest changes in aircraft cockpit design, ordnance placement, and cabin layouts to include the operation of hatch or canopy release mechanisms, ejection seat mechanisms, and/or oxygen supply systems. Knowledge to apply emergency first aid techniques; and of safety requirements as outlined in applicable safety standards, regulations, and/or technical orders. Skill in operating communications equipment; and in detecting and recognizing fire hazards (potential and immediate). Ability to communicate both orally and in writing. WORK ENVIRONMENT: Employee is exposed to out-of-control fires, HAZMAT spills, or possible explosions. May suffer from burns, dehydration, and other effects of heat, smoke inhalation, heavy protective clothing, falling materials, or explosions. Subject to physical injury and sensory damage from firefighting activities, exposure to HAZMAT, and high noise levels. Must deal with victims in emergency situations who may be in varying stages of fright, panic, injury, and shock. There may be hazards while operating or riding fire trucks at high speeds under adverse conditions. The employee works outside in all types of weather conditions. The work requires the use of protective clothing or gear, such as masks, coats, boots, goggles, gloves, and/or shields. 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. VOLUNTEER WORK EXPERIENCE: Refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service Programs (i.e., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student and social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge and skills that can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. Education Additional Information Additional Conditions of employment: Special Retirement Provisions Authority - one of the following apply: FERS: Position covered as rigorous under the FERS special retirement provisions for Federal firefighters [5 USC 840 1(14), 5 USC 8412 (d), and 5 CFR 842.802]. Authority: DoD Memorandum, dated 30 December 2004. OR CSRS: Position covered as a primary position under the CSRS special retirement provisions or Federal firefighters [5 USC 8331(21), 5 USC 8336(c), and 5.CFR 831.902]. Authority: DoD Memorandum, dated 30 December 2004. Mission Essential: The position has been identified as "Mission Essential" (ME) the following statement must be added/annotated to/in the Other Significant Facts area of the PD: "This is a Mission Essential (ME) position performing a Mission Critical Function (MCF) which must continue uninterrupted after the occurrence of an emergency and continued through full resumption of all functions. IAW, DoDI 3020-42, Defense Continuity Programs." Physical Demands: Ability to lift and move heavy objects, such as charged fire hoses, fire extinguishers, equipment, and incapacitated persons. Must be able to wear protective clothing, such as encapsulated suits weighing 50-60 pounds. Climbs ladders and works at various heights. The work requires above average agility and dexterity. Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): For information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible click here. To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated in the "Highly Qualified" or "Best Qualified" Category on the rating criteria for this vacancy. You must submit a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location. Employed Annuitants (Reemployed Annuitants): Applicants in receipt of an annuity based on civilian employment in the Federal Service are subject to the DoD Policy on The Employment of Annuitants. Click here for more information. Temporary and Term Appointments: If you are selected for a temporary or term position in the competitive service, your appointment may be extended to the maximum period allowed by law without further competition. Additionally, if you are serving on a term appointment in the competitive service, you may be converted to a career or career-conditional appointment without further competition. NOTE: Current Federal Civilian employees may apply for temporary and term positions and if selected, a break in service may be required prior to appointment to the position. 120-Day Register: This announcement may result in a 120-day register that may be used to fill like vacancies for 120 days after the closing date. Applicants may be referred for consideration as vacancies occur. Selective Service: Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service. For additional information, click here. Direct Deposit: All federal employees are required to have direct deposit. If you are unable to apply online, view the following link for information regarding Alternate Application. The Vacancy ID is 11263571 If you have questions regarding this announcement and have hearing or speech difficulties click here.