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Grade: 09
Carefully read each question and all possible answers before selecting a response. Some questions will be used to screen out ineligible applicants. Applicant errors in responses will not be corrected. You are responsible for the accuracy of your application. Your application must describe your work and experience, in your own words. If you fail to provide requested information, or the information submitted is insufficient, you may lose consideration for the position.

* 1.You must have one year of specialized experience at, or equivalent to, the GS-8 grade level, or meet the education requirements as described in the VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT. Do you meet the experience and/or education requirements for this position?
  1. Yes
  2. No


NOTE: If you are using education to qualify, you must provide transcripts to receive consideration. Transcripts MUST be received in the announcing office by the closing date of the vacancy announcement.

* 2.Applicants applying for this position, MUST also possess the following Selective Factor. In the event you do not possess the Selective Factor, you will be found ineligible for the position.

Selective Factor:

  • Applicants must have and maintain a current, active, and unrestricted license as an EMT/Paramedic, or current national certification as an EMT/Paramedic, whichever is required by the state in which the position is located.
Do you meet the selective factor for this position?
  1. Yes, I have a current, active and unrestricted license as an EMT/Paramedic as required by the state in which the position is located.
  2. Yes, I have a current national certification as an EMT/Paramedic as required by the state in which the position is located.
  3. No, I do not possess the Selective Factor for this position.


NOTE: ALL applicants MUST submit EMT/Paramedic license, or national certification as an EMT/Paramedic for verification. This documentation MUST be received in the announcing office by the closing date of the vacancy announcement.

ASSESSMENT QUESTIONS

LISTED BELOW ARE GROUPED STATEMENTS RELATING TO THE ASSESSMENTS/COMPETENCIES NECESSARY FOR THE POSITION. Read each question carefully and select the answer choice that best describes your experience.

3.Emergency Medical Technicians must communicate and deal effectively with physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, physician assistants, other superiors, patients, and other individuals. They must be able to deal with all of these individuals in order to provide the best patient care possible and communicate information during extreme emergency situations. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have acted as a participant in a paramedics emergency drill; and/or I have instructed basic training classes to non-medical staff; and/or I have provided basic patient instructions in home management of minor injuries or illnesses.
  2. I have established communication to obtain information from patients for treatment; and/or I have provided instructions and obtained patients' cooperation; and/or I have explained treatment in language the patient understands; and/or I have directed non-medical personnel in assisting to respond to medical emergencies to assist and manage the situations.
  3. I have obtained assistance to provide care for patients; and/or I have instructed less experienced staff on the job; and/or I have made presentations to other care-givers; and/or I have provided education to patients on signs and symptoms of basic and moderately complex medical conditions.
  4. None of the above.


4.Emergency Medical Technicians, who are often first responders, must be able to use a variety of life-saving medical equipment. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have utilized endotracheal tubes or other airways and ambu bags; and/or I have used EKG, AED, programmable defibrillators and suction; and/or I have utilized air casts, backboard or immobilization equipment; and/or I have used oxygen and splints; and/or I have started IVs; and/or I have routinely used diagnostic equipment such as pulse oximeter, glucose monitor and blood pressure equipment; and/or I have used or placed central venous catheters, chest tubes, and tracheotomies.
  2. I have utilized the EKG machine; and/or I have used suction; and/or I have monitored blood pressure; and/or I have started an IV; and/or I have administered oxygen; and/or I have used splints and cervical collars; and/or I have used glucometers, pulse oximeters, and blood pressure monitoring equipment, etc. on a frequent or daily basis.
  3. I have taken and recorded patient vital signs; and/or I have accurately determined blood pressure readings to be used by the physician and para-professional staff in conjunction with other symptoms, to make diagnosis determination; and/or I have trained in techniques for starting IVs; and/or I have trained in techniques in using EKG, defibrillator, and advanced life support; and/or I have observed use of life-saving trauma equipment.
  4. None of the above.


5.Emergency Medical Technicians must be able to think clearly during emergency situations and must remain calm in order to provide appropriate diagnoses and treatment for medical or surgical emergencies. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have observed ACLS and treatment of trauma victims; and/or I have treated simple dehydration; and/or I have administered over-the-counter (OTC) oral medication; and/or I have treated cuts, abrasions, strains and sprains.
  2. I have performed triage and directed less experienced staff regarding patient disposition; and/or I have treated the most seriously injured and performed advanced cardiac life support (ACLS) and/or advanced trauma life support (ATLS); and/or I have treated heat strokes; and/or I have provided first treatment to stab victims or gunshot wounds and managed complex emergency births.
  3. I have provided basic life support (BLS) and described responses in order to route medical emergency; and/or I have provided first aid to fractures until transport to a medical facility; and/or I have performed uncomplicated births (deliveries); and/or I have treated heat-related disorders.
  4. None of the above.


6.Emergency Medical Technician must be able to assess the condition of a large number of patients such as in a massive tragedy situation and provide appropriate treatment. They must assess the level of seriousness and level of priority for each patient. They must also be able to identify patients with multiple medical problems and modify care accordingly. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have identified, evaluated and provided urgent care for patients with underlying problems and multiple medical conditions; and/or I have assessed and treated multiple trauma victims/patients; and/or I have identified and treated patients with multiple medical problems who present urgent medical needs; and/or I have modified care to accommodate other conditions such as selecting an appropriate drug to administer to an asthma patient who is also taking several heart medications.
  2. I have taken and recorded blood pressure of patients; and/or I have described how to assess the patient during disaster drills, when presented with a scenario from physicians; and/or I have described plan of action and course of treatment.
  3. I have identified specific problems but referred to another practitioner for resolution; and/or I have conducted triage and prioritized patient's conditions for treatment; and/or I have recognized heart symptoms and administered emergency drug treatment, given aspirin and started an IV drip.
  4. None of the above.


7.Emergency Medical Technicians must calculate dosages required and administer medication by mouth, subcutaneous, intradermal, intramuscular, or intravenous methods. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have described how to use training and education to identify adverse medication reactions and appropriate responses; and/or I have calculated dosage for patients based on age/weight; and/or I have administered medication, primarily oral route in routine situations on a frequent basis.
  2. I have administered medication by multiple routes on a frequent or daily basis; and/or I have administered high risk medication and monitored for side effects; and/or I have identified adverse medication reactions and initiated appropriate response measures.
  3. I have assisted in calculating medication dosage; and/or I have assisted in identifying adverse medication reactions; and/or I have administered medication according to regulations, during training scenarios.
  4. None of the above.


Grade: All Grades
1.How did you hear about this employment opportunity with the Bureau of Prisons (BOP)?
  1. Private information service
  2. Magazine
  3. Newspaper
  4. Radio
  5. Television
  6. Poster/Flyer
  7. Private employment office
  8. State Employment/Unemployment Office or Career Service Center
  9. State or local Job Information Center
  10. BOP Employee Services Department (bulletin board or other form announcement)
  11. School or college counselor or other official
  12. Agency or other Federal government recruitment at school or college
  13. Recruitment event (other than school or college)
  14. Friend or relative working for the BOP
  15. Friend or relative not working for the BOP
  16. Religious organization
  17. USAJOBS, the official job site of the US Federal Government
  18. BOP Website
  19. Internet job site
  20. Contacted the BOP on my own
  21. Military publication
  22. Military Separation Center
  23. Professional Organization
  24. Federal Job Publication (i.e., Federal Jobs Digest, etc)
  25. Discover Corrections
  26. Washington DC Diversity
  27. Other


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