1. Overview
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  3. Qualifications & Evaluations
  4. Benefits & Other Info
  5. How to Apply

Job Title:Firefighter (HAZMAT Tech/Basic LS)

Department:Department of Defense

Agency:Washington Headquarters Services

Job Announcement Number:WHS-15-1407355-B


$34,759.00 to $55,970.00 / Per Year


Tuesday, June 23, 2015 to Tuesday, July 7, 2015




Full Time - Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
Adams County, PA View Map


US Citizens and Status Candidates






Department of Defense (DoD)
Washington Headquarters Services

Raven Rock Mountain Complex

Mission Statement
This position is located at Raven Rock Mountain Complex (RRMC) Installation in Adams County, PA.


This position has a maximum entry age of 37 years old for Primary Firefighter positions.  Individuals who are past the maximum entry age limit, but previously served in a Firefighter position, may be reinstated.  You MUST provide documentation to show that you meet the age restriction. Age restriction does not apply to veterans.




If you are applying through Merit procedures, the following information applies to you:


Employees Serviced by DLA: Civilian Federal employees who receive human resources servicing through the Defense Logistics Agency DO NOT need to submit supporting documentation if applying through merit promotion. Your record in Electronic Official Personnel Folder (eOPF) will be used to verify your eligibility. It is your responsibility to ensure the required documents are in your eOPF for verification purposes. If your documents are not in eOPF, you must submit them to the announcement you are applying for at time of application. Failure to submit all of the documents on time will result in automatic disqualification.


All current and former Federal employees must submit a copy of your latest SF-50 showing your tenure, grade and step, and type of position occupied (i.e., Excepted or Competitive). 

WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED: This announcement is open to: Current or Former Permanent Civilian Federal Employees in the Competitive Service; Displaced employees (Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan - ICTAP eligible) within the Local Commuting Area; and individuals eligible for the following Special Appointing Authorities approved by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM): Veterans with a disability rating of 30% or more, Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA) Eligible Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities. (Click on the links for more information regarding eligibility for these special appointment authorities: www.opm.gov/employ/veterans/html/vetguide.asp#6 or www.opm.gov/disability.)


If you are applying through Delegated Examining Unit (DEU) procedures, the following information applies to you:

WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED: This announcement is open to: All U.S. Citizens

This position may be filled at either GS-05, GS-06 or GS-07 grade level, please indicate the grade for which you want to be considered. If selected at the lower grade level, incumbent may be non-competitively promoted to the next grade level in the time frame allowed by regulations and upon management's request. Promotion is contingent upon satisfactory completion of required training, regulatory requirements and demonstrated ability to perform the duties. Promotion is not guaranteed or implied.


  • Occasional Travel
  • As required by the duties of the position


  • No


  • Must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Application materials must be received by 11:59PM EST on the closing date.
  • This is a drug testing designated position.


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As a Firefighter (HAZMAT Tech/Basic LS) you will be responsible for the following duties:

•  Operate motorized firefighting equipment including pumpers, tankers, rescue vehicles, and crash fire vehicles, exercising thorough knowledge of equipment capabilities and Installation physical characteristics

•  Operate pumps, foam generators, valves, ladders, hand tools, power tools, hose lines, self-contained breathing apparatus, and other firefighting equipment to extinguish fires, resolve incidents and protect life and property

•  Direct others in the operation of alarm room equipment including radios, fire alarm reporting systems, computer-aided dispatch system and telephones

•  Respond to the presence or potential release of hazardous materials

•  Control of hazardous substance using specialized protective clothing and control equipment to plug, patch or stop the release

•  Utilize hazard and risk assessment techniques to form an incident analysis by surveying the area, materials, containers, weather, research sources, and monitoring equipment

•  Participate in debriefings and critiques upon completion of hazardous material incident

•  Monitor patient vital signs and injuries, while obtaining background medical history

•  Manage respiratory and cardiac emergencies with treatment that includes Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Automatic External Defibrillator (AED)

•  Inspect administration and office areas, warehouses, storage, assembly, industrial and other occupancies to look for life threatening and potentially hazardous violations


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The experience described in your resume will be evaluated and screened from the Office of Personnel Management's (OPMs) basic qualifications requirements. See:http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/0800/all-professional-engineering-positions-0800/; http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/0000/fire-protection-and-prevention-series-0081/ for OPM qualification standards, competencies and specialized experience needed to perform the duties of the position as described in the MAJOR DUTIES  and QUALIFICATIONS sections of this announcement by TAG:Closing Date.

For the GS-07 level you must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-06 level.

Specialized experience required for this position is:

· Operate motorized firefighting equipment including pumpers, tankers, rescue vehicles, and crash fire vehicles, exercising thorough knowledge of equipment capabilities and Installation physical characteristics.

· Direct others in the operation of alarm room equipment including radios, fire alarm reporting systems, computer-aided dispatch system and telephones. Utilize hazard and risk assessment techniques to form an incident analysis by surveying the area, materials, containers, weather, research sources, and monitoring equipment.

· Manage respiratory and cardiac emergencies as an Emergency Medical Technician with treatment that includes Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Automatic External Defibrillator (AED).

· Assign duties to crew members such as inspections, work detail and station maintenance.

· Perform all tasks associated with being a HAZMAT Technician.


For the GS-06 level you must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-05 level.


 Specialized experience required for this position is:  

· Serve as a firefighter and driver/operator

· Perform fire prevention inspections

· Perform all tasks associated with being a HAZMAT operations level responder

· Assist in performing in medical emergencies involving initial and on-going patent assessment, and treatment that includes Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Automatic External Defibrillator (AED)


For the GS-05 level you must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-04 level.


Specialized experience required for this position is:  

· Serve as a fire fighter and a Driver/Operator.

· Assist with fire prevention inspections

· Assist with all tasks associated with being a HAZMAT Operations level responder

· Assist in performing in medical emergencies involving initial and on-going patient assessment, and treatment that includes Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Automatic External Defibrillator (AED)

 Specifically you will be evaluated on the following competencies:

1.    Knowledge of Firefighting Operations

2.    Knowledge of Hazardous Materials and Risk Assessment

3.    Ability to respond to medical emergencies

4.    Ability to perform fire prevention inspections


Time-in-Grade Requirements: Federal employees must meet time-in-grade requirements for merit promotion consideration. Time-in-grade is the 52-week requirement Federal employees in competitive service, General Schedule (GS) positions at GS-5 and above must serve before they are eligible for promotion (advancement) to the next grade level. Applicants must meet eligibility requirements including time-in-grade, time-after-competitive appointment, minimum qualifications, and any other regulatory requirements by the closing date of this announcement: TAG:Closing Date



If substituting education for experience: Education/Training (for positions at GS-5 and below): Appropriate firefighter training may be substituted for experience on a month-for-month basis. Successful completion of a 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university with major study in Fire Science, Fire Training, or other related fields of study is qualifying for GS-5.

If substituting education for experience, transcripts MUST be provided. Failure to provide transcripts will result in you being rated ineligible for this position.

Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program. For further information, click on the following link:


This position is subject to the DoD Drug Free Workplace Program. If you decline to take the drug test, it will be considered a declination for employment.  The selectee must test negative for the presence of illegal drugs before placement in the position, and will be subject to random drug testing thereafter. If a determination of the use of illegal drugs is confirmed in this position or other testing designated positions in DoD, non-selection or disciplinary action, up to and including removal from Federal service, may result. All tentative selectees for this position will be required to undergo a urinalysis test to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment and periodically thereafter. 


OVERTIME: Occasionally

TOUR OF DUTY:  Flexible (Work shift is 24 hours per day, 48 hour shifts, 144 hours per pay period)
TELEWORK ELIGIBILITY:  This position is NOT telework eligible
SELECTIVE SERVICE REQUIREMENT:  If you are a male born after December 31, 1959, and are at least 18 years of age, civil service employment (5 U.S.C. 3328) requires that you must be registered with the Selective Service System, unless you meet certain exemptions under Selective Service law. If you are required to register but knowingly and willfully fail to do so, you are ineligible for appointment by executive agencies of the Federal Government. Please visit
https://www.sss.gov for more information.
Other Notes:
Applicants selected from this announcement may be required to serve a one-year probationary period.
This position is covered as a rigorous position under the Federal Employees Retirement System's special
retirement provisions, 5 U.S.C., 8412(d). Authority: Department of Defese Memorandum 13 November 1989.
Delegated  Examining -Additional vacancies may be filled from this announcement upon its closing for up to 90 days.
This position is emergency essential (E-E).
  In the event of a crisis situation, the incumbent, or designated alternate, must continue to perform the E-E duties until relieved by proper authority.  The incumbent or the designated alternate may be required to take part in readiness exercises.  The position cannot vacated during a national emergency or mobilization without seriously impairing the capability of the organization to function effectively; therefore, the position is designated "key" which requires the incumbent, or designated alternate, to be screened from military recall status.
If selected for Federal employment,
you will be required to complete a "Declaration of Federal Employment," (OF-306), prior to being appointed to determine your suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background check.

All applicants must meet qualifications and eligibility criteria by the closing date of the announcement.


How You Will Be Evaluated for Merit Promotion:
Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. The numeric rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire. The score is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the knowledge, skills and abilities required of this position. If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, your score can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.

How You Will Be Evaluated for Delegated Examining (Open to the Public):
We will review your résumé and supporting documents, to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications on the information provided and evaluate your relevant work experiences as it relates to fundamental competencies, identified in the Qualifications section above, required for this position. Based on the results of this evaluation, you will be placed in one of the following quality categories:


Best Qualified: Candidates who possess experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position, including all selective placement factors and appropriate qualify ranking factor(s). Candidates are highly proficient in all of the job requirements and can perform effectively in the position almost immediately or within a minimum amount of training and/or orientation.
Highly Qualified: The next lower category for candidates that meet the minimum qualification of the position and are proficient in most, but not all, of the requirements of the position. Candidates may require minimum training and/or orientation in order to perform the duties of the position.
Qualified: This lowest category will be used for those candidates that meet the minimum qualifications of the position and are proficient in some, but not all, of the requirements of the position. Candidates may require extensive training and/or orientation in order to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position. (

Names of the candidates in the Best Qualified category will be sent first to the hiring manager for employment consideration. Applicants in other categories will be referred in accordance with category rating procedures.


Volunteer Experience:  Your Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service program (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social).  Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment.  You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.



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The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees. The following Web address is provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees: https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Pay_and_Benefits  



IMPORTANT NOTICE TO VETERANS:  The Office of Personnel Management has published the end date for Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) as August 31, 2010.  To receive veterans' preference for service during the Enduring Freedom/Iraqi Freedom era, you must have served for more than 180 days between September 11, 2001 and August 31, 2010 OR be in receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal.  The updated CFR language is available at: http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/retrieveECFR?  Other qualifying eligibility for preference (e.g., disability) remains unchanged.

ICTAP: Individuals who have special priority selection rights under the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. Well qualified is defined as possessing the type and quality of experience that exceeds the position’s minimum qualifications, including all selective placement factors and appropriate quality ranking factors. 

ICTAP eligibles will be considered well qualified prior to Veteran's preference points being added. Federal employees seeking ICTAP eligibility must submit proof that they met the requirements of 5 CFR 330.704. This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent Performance Rating and a copy of their most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location. Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as an ICTAP eligible.  Please visit this link to obtain requirements for applying as an ICTAP eligible applicant. http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp#ictap

VETERANS’ PREFERENCE: Documentation intended to establish preference must be received by 11:59PM EST on Tuesday, July 07, 2015.  Information on veterans’ preference and other veteran entitlements can be found in the VetInfo Guide http://www.opm.gov/staffingportal/vetguide.asp 


MILITARY SPOUSE PREFERENCE: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/shams/index.aspx

REEMPLOYED ANNUITANTS: http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/corres/pdf/1400.25-V300.pdf 


Individual with Financial Difficulty


If you are using part-time work to qualify for this position, be sure your resume reflects the beginning and ending dates of your employment and the number of hours you worked per week.

*NOTE: If you submit a resume but no questionnaire, you cannot be considered for the position. If you submit a questionnaire but no resume, you cannot be considered for the position. Your application will be appropriately documented and you will be removed from further competition against this announcement.

Interviews may be required for this position. Accommodations may be made to conduct telephonic interviews to preclude travel hardships for applicants.

*NOTE: Declining to be interviewed or failure to report for a scheduled interview will be considered as a declination for further consideration for employment against this vacancy.

This announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
In accordance with 5 CFR 2635.704, applications will not be accepted in a postage paid government envelope.

Deliberate attempts to falsify your application information, such as copying portions of this job announcement into your resume, may result in being removed from consideration for this position.



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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package as described in REQUIRED DOCUMENTS.

Click ‘Apply Online' to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.
1. Follow the prompts to complete the assessment questionnaire and upload required documents.
2. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application.
3. Applications must be received by the closing date of the announcement to receive consideration.

To review the status of an application through USAJOBS:

1. Log into your USAJOBS account
2. Click Application Status within your profile to expand your application
3. Locate the job announcement and click the more information link under the Status column for this position. You will be routed to Application Manager. The Details tab displays by default. The Details tab displays comprehensive information about the selected Application Package including: assessment(s) and the status, supporting documents and their status, correspondence sent to you by the hiring agency, and your application processing status.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.  You are highly encouraged to submit your application package and complete your assessment questionnaire on-line.

If you cannot apply online:

1. Click to view and print the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire:
View Occupational Questionnaire
2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the assessment questionnaire http://www.opm.gov./Forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf
3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.


• Résumé: If multiple resumes are submitted by an applicant, only the last resume submitted will be reviewed for the qualifications and referred for selection consideration if eligible.

• Assessment Questionnaire

• Transcripts: REQUIRED if substituting education for experience--We accept unofficial transcripts, as long as they contain the applicant’s name, the name of the school, the date and degree that was awarded, and the list of classes and credits earned. Transcripts must be received in this office by 11:59PM EST on Tuesday, July 07, 2015 in order to be considered.  

• Additional documents you may be required to submit vary based on what authority you are using to apply (i.e., applying for one of the categories such as a veteran, a current or former permanent Federal employee, ICTAP, etc.). 

Must possess and maintain a valid State Drivers’ License.
Must be able to respond to duty within a reasonable period of time in cases of emergency or call back.

For the GS-07 level: Must possess and maintain National certifications of Firefighter I & II, Driver/Operator-Pumper, HAZMAT Technician, and Emergency Medical Technician or have the ability to transition to PA or MD certification.

For the GS-06 level: Must possess and maintain certifications of Emergency Medical Responder or EMS First Responder, and National certifications as Firefighter I & II, Driver/Operator-Pumper, HAZMAT Operations.
For the GS-05 level: Must possess and maintain certifications in Emergency Medical Responder or EMS First Responder, Nationally Certified as Firefighter I & II, and HAZMAT Operations. Must obtain Driver/Operator-Pumper National certification within one year.

PLEASE REVIEW the following LINK for additional documents you need to provide.


If you are claiming Veterans' Preference, you must submit supporting documents with your application package. These documents must provide acceptable documentation to verify:  the type of preference claimed (i.e. 5 point, 10-point, etc.) and the character of the service (i.e. Honorable Discharge).  A copy of your DD214, "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty," Showing your Character of Service is required when claiming veterans preference. The member 4 copy of your DD214, "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty," is preferable. If unable to verify Character of Service, you will not receive veterans preference. If claiming 10 point preference, you will need to submit a Standard Form 15 "Application for 10-point Veterans' Preference", http://www.opm.gov/Forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf.  

If selected, additional documentation may be required prior to appointment.


WHS HR Servicing Team
Phone: (614)692-0252
Fax: (614)693-1689
TDD: 800-750-0750
Agency Information:
Washington Headquarters Service
Human Resources Directorate
4800 Mark Center Drive
Suite 03D08
Alexandria, VA
22350-3200 Fax: (614)693-1689


Once you successfully complete the application process, you will receive a notification of receipt.  Your application package will be reviewed to ensure you meet the basic eligibility and qualifications requirements, and you will receive a notification. A review will be made of your online questionnaire and the documentation you submitted to support your responses.  A list of qualified applicants will be created and sent to the selecting official.  All applicants reviewed and/or referred will receive a notification letter.  

The selecting official may choose to conduct interviews, and once the selection is made, you will receive a notification of the decision.

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