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Bitterroot Range, Montana
BLM
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
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Grade: 04
* 1.I qualify for the GS-4 level because:
  1. I have 6 months of general and 6 months of specialized experience. General experience shows the ability to perform range technician work OR experience that provided a familiarity with range technician work. Specialized experience is directly related experience equivalent to GS-3 in the Federal service. I have read the vacancy announcement for examples of specialized experience to qualify for this position.
  2. I have completed 2 years of study above high school that included 12 semester hours in courses such as forestry, agriculture, crop or plant science, range management or conservation, wildlife management watershed management, soil science, natural resources (except marine fisheries and oceanography), outdoor recreation management, civil or forest engineering, or wildland fire science. I will provide a copy of my college transcript.
  3. I have an equivalent combination of specialized experience and education as described in the vacancy announcement to qualify for this position. I will provide a copy of my college transcript.
  4. I do not meet any of the above responses.


* 2.Indicate your level of experience, education or training as it relates to your knowledge of strategies, tactics and suppression methods used in containment and control of wildfires.
  1. I am considered an expert in performing these tasks; or I have supervised performance of these tasks or am normally an individual who is consulted by other workers to assist them in doing these tasks because of my experience.
  2. I have performed these tasks as a regular part of a job. I have performed them independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  3. I have performed these tasks on the job. My work on these tasks was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
  4. I have had education or training in how to perform this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  5. I have not had education, training, or experience in performing this task.


* 3.I have worked on the following types of crews in support of prescribed burns or wildland firefighting:
  1. Helitack
  2. Prescribed burning / Fuels
  3. Prevention
  4. Fire/Hand
  5. Engine
  6. Hot Shot
  7. Fire Use
  8. Lookout
  9. Smokejumper
  10. None of the above


* 4.I have performed the following tasks when responding to wildland fire incidents
  1. Collect fire weather data
  2. Map projects
  3. Maintain records
  4. Map projects taking into account topography
  5. Map projects taking into account range/forest types
  6. Map projects taking into account fuel types
  7. Map projects taking into account fire behavior
  8. None of the above


* 5.Identify the work you have been responsible for in fighting wildland fires:
  1. Evaluate rapidly changing fire circumstances.
  2. Determine when/if additional forces may be needed.
  3. Determine when circumstances warrant withdrawal of crew to a safe location.
  4. Perform fireline activities such as holding/patrol/mop-up operations.
  5. Perform hazardous tree removal.
  6. Instruct and direct a crew in fire-fighting operations.
  7. Distribute and control work assignments.
  8. Monitor work in progress.
  9. Observe, correct and evaluate crew skills.
  10. Serve as a crew boss.
  11. Serve as an Engine Module Supervisor.
  12. Explain fire behavior characteristics, safety regulations and work procedures.
  13. Communicate needs to higher-level personnel.
  14. Report on emergency conditions at field locations.
  15. Draft wildland fire situation analyses.
  16. Recommend alternative strategies for fire-fighting taking into consideration the impact of social, economic, biological, and other factors.
  17. Consider the effects of humidity, temperature, wind, topography, slope, fuels and fuel moisture in order to attack the fire, build fire line and manage wildland fire.
  18. None of the above.


* 6.Identify the firefighting responsibilities you have been assigned to:
  1. Work on a prescribed fire crew.
  2. Actively suppress wildfires.
  3. Serve as a working leader of a hand crew on one or more wildfires.
  4. Serve as a working leader of an engine crew on one or more wildfires.
  5. Serve as Initial Attack Incident Commander on one or more wildfires.
  6. None of the above.


* 7.Select the one answer that best describes your experience working as a Fire Engine Operator for Type III through Type VI wildland fire engines:
  1. I am fully certified and have experience in performing the duties of a Fire Engine Operator.
  2. I have some training and experience performing the duties of a Fire Engine Operator, but am not fully certified.
  3. I do not have experience as a Fire Engine Operator.


* 8.Indicate level of experience providing wildland fire suppression or prescribed fire training and guidance to firefighters:
  1. I have informally explained wildland fire safety regulations and safe techniques for wildland firefighting to fire team members.
  2. I have explained fire behavior characteristics and techniques for wildland firefighting and suppression as a part of my job
  3. I have served as an instructor for a variety of fire and aviation related training courses
  4. None of the above


* 9.Check all of the NWCG courses you have completed:
  1. D-110 Dispatch Recorder
  2. D-310 Support Dispatcher
  3. D-510 Supervisory Dispatcher
  4. IAMS Interagency Aviation Management System
  5. I-100 Introduction to Incident Command System (ICS)
  6. I-200 Basic ICS
  7. I-300 Intermediate ICS
  8. I-400 Advanced ICS
  9. S-130 Basic Firefighter Training
  10. S-131 Advanced Firefighter
  11. S-190 Introduction to Fire Behavior
  12. S-200 Initial Attack Incident Commander
  13. S-201 Supervisory Concepts and Techniques
  14. S-205 Fire Operations in the Urban Interface (replaced by S-215)
  15. S-211 Portable Pumps and Water Use
  16. S-212 Wildland Power Saws
  17. S-215 Fire Operations in the Urban Interface
  18. S-271 Interagency Helicopter Training
  19. S-230 Single Resource Boss (Crew)
  20. S-231 Single Resource Boss (Engine)
  21. S-232 Single Resource Boss (Dozer)
  22. S-234 Ignition Operations
  23. S-244 Fireline Observer
  24. S-260 Fire Business Management Principles
  25. S-270 Basic Air Operations
  26. S-281 Supervisory Concepts and Techniques
  27. S-290 Intermediate Wildland Fire Behavior
  28. S-300 Incident Commander- Extended Attack/Multi-resource
  29. S-301 Advanced Supervisory Concepts and Techniques (replaced by S-381)
  30. S-330 Task Force/Strike Team Leader
  31. S-336 Suppression Strategies and Tactics
  32. S-339 Division/Group Supervisor
  33. S-371 Helibase Manager
  34. S-372 Helicopter Manager
  35. S-378 Air Attack Group Supervisor
  36. S-381 Advanced Supervisory Concepts and Techniques
  37. S-390 Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior Calculations
  38. S-490 Advanced Fire Behavior
  39. BEHAVE/Rx Widows
  40. Rx-300 Burn Boss
  41. Rx-340 Fire Effects
  42. Rx-450 Smoke Management Techniques
  43. None


* 10.I have performed the following fire engine and pump maintenance tasks:
  1. Start pump engine
  2. Priming pump
  3. Adjust engine speed
  4. Adjust pump valves
  5. Laying hose
  6. Selecting appliances
  7. Use of water delivery
  8. Use of foam delivery
  9. Emergency repairs
  10. None of the above


* 11.Identify the assignments you have been given while working with an engine crew:
  1. Keep engines in a full state of readiness for emergency fire dispatch.
  2. Position the engine for proper use and operate engine and hoselays.
  3. Inspect, adjust and service the pump, water lines, tank and reel.
  4. Operate fire engine hydraulic systems, foam, and chemical application systems.
  5. Direct others in the operation and use of engine equipment.
  6. None of the above.


* 12.From the following, select the statement that best describes your ability to maintain and repair firefighting vehicles and tools, to ensure proper handling and use during a wildland firefighting operations.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing these tasks.
  2. I have completed training in for these tasks, but have not yet applied this education or training on the job.
  3. I have performed these tasks and am monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
  4. I have performed these tasks as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  5. Work in these tasks has been a central or major part of my job. I have routinely performed these tasks and I have trained others in the performance of these tasks and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing these tasks.


* 13.Identify the hand and power tools you have used in firefighting:
  1. I have used an axe and shovel.
  2. I have used a Pulaski.
  3. I have used a McLeod.
  4. I have used a chainsaw.
  5. I have used portable pumps.
  6. Other
  7. None of the above.


Grade: 05
* 1.I qualify for the GS-5 level because:
  1. I have one year of specialized experience, equivalent to GS-4 in the Federal service. I have read the vacancy announcement for examples of specialized experience to qualify for this position.
  2. I have completed a bachelor`s degree with major study in forestry, range management, agriculture, or a field directly-related to this position; OR that included at least 24 semester hours in courses such as range management or conservation, agriculture, forestry, wildlife management, engineering, biology, mathematics, or other natural or physical sciences. I will provide a copy of my college transcript.
  3. I have an equivalent combination of specialized experience and education as described in the vacancy announcement to qualify for this position. I will provide a copy of my college transcript.
  4. I do not meet any of the above responses.


* 2.Indicate your level of experience, education or training as it relates to your knowledge of strategies, tactics and suppression methods used in containment and control of wildfires.
  1. I am considered an expert in performing these tasks; or I have supervised performance of these tasks or am normally an individual who is consulted by other workers to assist them in doing these tasks because of my experience.
  2. I have performed these tasks as a regular part of a job. I have performed them independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  3. I have performed these tasks on the job. My work on these tasks was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
  4. I have had education or training in how to perform this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  5. I have not had education, training, or experience in performing this task.


* 3.I have worked on the following types of crews in support of prescribed burns or wildland firefighting:
  1. Helitack
  2. Prescribed burning / Fuels
  3. Prevention
  4. Fire/Hand
  5. Engine
  6. Hot Shot
  7. Fire Use
  8. Lookout
  9. Smokejumper
  10. None of the above


* 4.I have performed the following tasks when responding to wildland fire incidents
  1. Collect fire weather data
  2. Map projects
  3. Maintain records
  4. Map projects taking into account topography
  5. Map projects taking into account range/forest types
  6. Map projects taking into account fuel types
  7. Map projects taking into account fire behavior
  8. None of the above


* 5.Identify the work you have been responsible for in fighting wildland fires:
  1. Evaluate rapidly changing fire circumstances.
  2. Determine when/if additional forces may be needed.
  3. Determine when circumstances warrant withdrawal of crew to a safe location.
  4. Perform fireline activities such as holding/patrol/mop-up operations.
  5. Perform hazardous tree removal.
  6. Instruct and direct a crew in fire-fighting operations.
  7. Distribute and control work assignments.
  8. Monitor work in progress.
  9. Observe, correct and evaluate crew skills.
  10. Serve as a crew boss.
  11. Serve as an Engine Module Supervisor.
  12. Explain fire behavior characteristics, safety regulations and work procedures.
  13. Communicate needs to higher-level personnel.
  14. Report on emergency conditions at field locations.
  15. Draft wildland fire situation analyses.
  16. Recommend alternative strategies for fire-fighting taking into consideration the impact of social, economic, biological, and other factors.
  17. Consider the effects of humidity, temperature, wind, topography, slope, fuels and fuel moisture in order to attack the fire, build fire line and manage wildland fire.
  18. None of the above.


* 6.Identify the firefighting responsibilities you have been assigned to:
  1. Work on a prescribed fire crew.
  2. Actively suppress wildfires.
  3. Serve as a working leader of a hand crew on one or more wildfires.
  4. Serve as a working leader of an engine crew on one or more wildfires.
  5. Serve as Initial Attack Incident Commander on one or more wildfires.
  6. None of the above.


* 7.Select the one answer that best describes your experience working as a Fire Engine Operator for Type III through Type VI wildland fire engines:
  1. I am fully certified and have experience in performing the duties of a Fire Engine Operator.
  2. I have some training and experience performing the duties of a Fire Engine Operator, but am not fully certified.
  3. I do not have experience as a Fire Engine Operator.


* 8.Indicate level of experience providing wildland fire suppression or prescribed fire training and guidance to firefighters:
  1. I have informally explained wildland fire safety regulations and safe techniques for wildland firefighting to fire team members.
  2. I have explained fire behavior characteristics and techniques for wildland firefighting and suppression as a part of my job
  3. I have served as an instructor for a variety of fire and aviation related training courses
  4. None of the above


* 9.Check all of the NWCG courses you have completed:
  1. D-110 Dispatch Recorder
  2. D-310 Support Dispatcher
  3. D-510 Supervisory Dispatcher
  4. IAMS Interagency Aviation Management System
  5. I-100 Introduction to Incident Command System (ICS)
  6. I-200 Basic ICS
  7. I-300 Intermediate ICS
  8. I-400 Advanced ICS
  9. S-130 Basic Firefighter Training
  10. S-131 Advanced Firefighter
  11. S-190 Introduction to Fire Behavior
  12. S-200 Initial Attack Incident Commander
  13. S-201 Supervisory Concepts and Techniques
  14. S-205 Fire Operations in the Urban Interface (replaced by S-215)
  15. S-211 Portable Pumps and Water Use
  16. S-212 Wildland Power Saws
  17. S-215 Fire Operations in the Urban Interface
  18. S-271 Interagency Helicopter Training
  19. S-230 Single Resource Boss (Crew)
  20. S-231 Single Resource Boss (Engine)
  21. S-232 Single Resource Boss (Dozer)
  22. S-234 Ignition Operations
  23. S-244 Fireline Observer
  24. S-260 Fire Business Management Principles
  25. S-270 Basic Air Operations
  26. S-281 Supervisory Concepts and Techniques
  27. S-290 Intermediate Wildland Fire Behavior
  28. S-300 Incident Commander- Extended Attack/Multi-resource
  29. S-301 Advanced Supervisory Concepts and Techniques (replaced by S-381)
  30. S-330 Task Force/Strike Team Leader
  31. S-336 Suppression Strategies and Tactics
  32. S-339 Division/Group Supervisor
  33. S-371 Helibase Manager
  34. S-372 Helicopter Manager
  35. S-378 Air Attack Group Supervisor
  36. S-381 Advanced Supervisory Concepts and Techniques
  37. S-390 Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior Calculations
  38. S-490 Advanced Fire Behavior
  39. BEHAVE/Rx Widows
  40. Rx-300 Burn Boss
  41. Rx-340 Fire Effects
  42. Rx-450 Smoke Management Techniques
  43. None


* 10.I have performed the following fire engine and pump maintenance tasks:
  1. Start pump engine
  2. Priming pump
  3. Adjust engine speed
  4. Adjust pump valves
  5. Laying hose
  6. Selecting appliances
  7. Use of water delivery
  8. Use of foam delivery
  9. Emergency repairs
  10. None of the above


* 11.Identify the assignments you have been given while working with an engine crew:
  1. Keep engines in a full state of readiness for emergency fire dispatch.
  2. Position the engine for proper use and operate engine and hoselays.
  3. Inspect, adjust and service the pump, water lines, tank and reel.
  4. Operate fire engine hydraulic systems, foam, and chemical application systems.
  5. Direct others in the operation and use of engine equipment.
  6. None of the above.


* 12.From the following, select the statement that best describes your ability to maintain and repair firefighting vehicles and tools, to ensure proper handling and use during a wildland firefighting operations.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing these tasks.
  2. I have completed training in for these tasks, but have not yet applied this education or training on the job.
  3. I have performed these tasks and am monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
  4. I have performed these tasks as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  5. Work in these tasks has been a central or major part of my job. I have routinely performed these tasks and I have trained others in the performance of these tasks and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing these tasks.


* 13.Identify the hand and power tools you have used in firefighting:
  1. I have used an axe and shovel.
  2. I have used a Pulaski.
  3. I have used a McLeod.
  4. I have used a chainsaw.
  5. I have used portable pumps.
  6. Other
  7. None of the above.


Grade: All Grades
* 1.I have held or currently hold the NWCG qualification Firefighter Type 1 (FFT1) or higher. I will provide a copy of my IQCS master record or equivalent documentation as instructed in the vacancy announcement.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 2.I have completed the NWCG course S-290 “Intermediate Fire Behavior” course. I will provide a copy of my IQCS master record or equivalent documentation as instructed in the vacancy announcement.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 3.This position is a Primary firefighter position. In accordance with Public Law 107-27, applicants must meet age and/or service requirements. The maximum entry age is the date immediately preceding your 37th birthday. I have not reached this date OR I have reached this date AND I have previously served in a Federal civilian position covered by special fire-fighter retirement provisions, including early or mandatory retirement OR I am a preference eligible veteran.
  1. True
  2. False


* 4.I possess a valid current State drivers license.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 5.I currently hold a Class B CDL with Tank and Air Brake endorsements.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 6.I consent to the release of information about my ability and fitness for Federal employment by employers, schools, law enforcement agencies, and other individuals and organizations to investigators, human resource specialists, and other authorized employees or representatives of the Federal Government. I understand that for some other sources of information, a separate specific release may be needed, and I may be contacted for such a release at a later date.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 7.I will provide a copy of my IQCS report (red card), which shows my training and qualifications, by the closing date of this announcement.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 8.By responding to this question, you acknowledge that you have reviewed the Required Documents section of this announcement to determine which documents, if any, you need to provide in support of this application.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 9.If you are, or ever were, a Federal civilian employee, please indicate pay plan of the highest graded position you held:
  1. GS
  2. WG
  3. WL
  4. WS
  5. WB
  6. Other
  7. Not applicable


* 10.If you are, or were, a Federal employee who held a permanent position in the competitive service, select the highest full performance level of that position:
  1. 2
  2. 3
  3. 4
  4. 5
  5. 6
  6. 7
  7. 8
  8. 9
  9. 10
  10. 11
  11. 12
  12. 13
  13. 14
  14. 15
  15. Not applicable