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Grade: 06
* 1.GS-6 Choose one answer that best describes your experience as related to the qualification requirements for this position.
  1. I have at least one year of specialized experience that has equipped me with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. This experience is related to the work of the position and equivalent to at least the GS-05 level in the Federal service as described in the vacancy announcement.
  2. I do not meet the requirement described above.


Examples of specialized experience may include (1) controlling or extinguishing fires as a member of an organized military, industrial, volunteer, or governmental fire department or brigade; (2) rescue operations; (3) detection, reduction, or elimination of potential fire hazards; (4) operation of fire communications equipment; (5) controlling hazardous materials incidents and/or (6) developing, implementing, or providing training in fire protection and prevention.

* 2.Select the response that best describes your highest level of emergency medical assistance training.
  1. I am currently certified as an Emergency Medical Technician-P (Paramedic).
  2. I am currently certified as an Emergency Medical Technician-B (Basic).
  3. I am currently certified as an Emergency Medical Technician-A (Advanced).
  4. I have received at least 8 hours of training in Advanced First Aid from the American Red Cross or other professional organization.
  5. None of the above.


Grade: 07
* 1.GS-7 Choose one answer that best describes your experience as related to the qualification requirements for this position.
  1. I have at least one year of specialized experience that has equipped me with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. This experience is related to the work of the position and equivalent to at least the GS-06 level in the Federal service as described in the vacancy announcement.
  2. I do not meet the requirement described above.


Examples of specialized experience may include (1) controlling or extinguishing fires as a member of an organized military, industrial, volunteer, or governmental fire department or brigade; (2) rescue operations; (3) detection, reduction, or elimination of potential fire hazards; (4) operation of fire communications equipment; (5) controlling hazardous materials incidents and/or (6) developing, implementing, or providing training in fire protection and prevention.

* 2.Select the response that best describes your highest level of emergency medical assistance training.
  1. I am currently certified as an Emergency Medical Technician-P (Paramedic).
  2. I am currently certified as an Emergency Medical Technician-B (Basic).
  3. I am currently certified as an Emergency Medical Technician-A (Advanced).
  4. I have received at least 8 hours of training in Advanced First Aid from the American Red Cross or other professional organization.
  5. None of the above.


Grade: All Grades
* 1.I posses a valid Pro Board, International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC), National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) or equivalent accredited certification as FIREFIGHTER I. I am providing a copy of such certification with my application materials.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 2.I posses a valid Pro Board, International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC), National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) or equivalent accredited certification as FIREFIGHTER II. I am providing a copy of such certification with my application materials.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 3.I posses a valid Pro Board, International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC), National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) or equivalent accredited certification as WILD LAND FIREFIGHTER II. I am providing a copy of such certification with my application materials.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 4.I posses a valid Pro Board, International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC), National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) or equivalent accredited certification as DRIVER OPERATOR (STRUCTURAL). I am providing a copy of such certification with my application materials.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 5.I posses a valid Pro Board, International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC), National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) or equivalent accredited certification in HAZMAT AWARENESS/OPERATIONS. I am providing a copy of such certification with my application materials.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 6.I posses a valid Pro Board, International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC), National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) or equivalent accredited certification in CONFINED SPACE AND HIGH AND LOW ANGLE RESCUE. I am providing a copy of such certification with my application materials.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 7.Select the responses that identify the areas of fire prevention/safety inspections you have experience performing.
  1. Writing and reviewing fire inspection reports
  2. Inspecting fire extinguisher hose cabinets
  3. Inspecting self-contained breathing equipment
  4. Inspecting department vehicles
  5. Inspecting automatic fire suppression systems
  6. Inspecting fire alarm systems
  7. Personal contact with personnel for correction of deficiencies and follow-up inspections
  8. Review of various maintenance records including vehicles, extinguishers, pumper hose loads, cabinet hoses, self-contained breathing equipment, etc.
  9. None of the above


* 8.Select the response that reflects your level of experience, education or training as it relates to your skill in applying strategies, tactics and suppression methods used in industrial/hydroelectric power facilities.
  1. I have received training in the containment and control of fires in industrial/hydroelectric power facilities, but have not yet performed this work on the job.
  2. I have contained and controlled fires in industrial/hydroelectric power facilities on the job. My work was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
  3. I have contained and controlled fires in industrial/hydroelectric power facilities as a regular part of a job. I have performed this work independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  4. None of the above.


* 9.Select the response that reflects your level of experience, education or training as it relates to your skill in applying strategies, tactics and suppression methods used in containment and control of urban fires. Urban refers to any type of fire not related to wildland fires, such as industrial, vehicle or structure fire.
  1. I have received training in containment and control of urban fires, but have not yet performed these duties on the job.
  2. I have contained and controlled urban fires on the job. My work was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
  3. I have contained and controlled urban fires as a regular part of a job. I have performed this work independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  4. None of the above.


* 10.Select the responses that identify the work you have been responsible for in fighting fires.
  1. Determine when/if additional forces may be needed.
  2. Instruct and direct a crew in fire-fighting operations.
  3. Distribute and control work assignments.
  4. Monitor work in progress.
  5. Observe, correct and evaluate crew skills.
  6. Serve as a Lead Firefighter.
  7. Communicate needs to higher-level personnel.
  8. Recommend alternative strategies for fire-fighting, taking into consideration the impact of social, economic, biological, and other factors.
  9. Perform scene size-up.
  10. Determine initial tactics and strategies.
  11. Deploy hand lines.
  12. Connect to water supply.
  13. Perform initial attack.
  14. Perform salvage and overhaul.
  15. None of the above.


* 11.Select the types of fire alarms and detection systems you have experience testing using NFPA guidelines.
  1. DuPont FM200
  2. CO2 systems
  3. Sprinkler systems
  4. Life safety equipment
  5. None of the above


* 12.I have performed the following tasks as a member of a Rope Rescue Team.
  1. Basic rope rescue rigging.
  2. Belay team member.
  3. Confined space reserve team.
  4. High angle rope rescue team.
  5. Low angle rope rescue team.
  6. None of the above


* 13.Select the response that reflects your level of experience, education or training as it relates to your skill in hazardous materials (HAZMAT) response, control, and containment.
  1. I am considered an expert in performing HAZMAT response, control, and containment and perform such duties on a regular and recurring basis.
  2. I have performed HAZMAT response, control, and containment duties as a regular part of a job. I have performed independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  3. I have performed HAZMAT response, control, and containment duties 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 HAZMAT response, control, and containment duties, but have not yet performed them on the job.
  5. None of the above.


* 14.Select the responses that describes the types of emergency vehicles you are licensed to operate.
  1. Structural Fire engine
  2. Wildland fire engine
  3. Rescue response unit/ambulance
  4. Water tender
  5. None of the above


* 15.Select the types of equipment you are proficient at operating and maintaining.
  1. Structural Fire Engines
  2. DuPont FM200
  3. High expansion agents (foam)
  4. Hydrants
  5. D extinguishers
  6. Water and foam agents
  7. Nozzles, including fog, solid stream, and foam
  8. Extension, roof, folding and rope ladders
  9. Turrets
  10. Ground sweep
  11. K12 chain saw
  12. Rope rescue equipment
  13. Confined space equipment
  14. Hurst jaws of life
  15. None of the above


* 16.Select the responses that describe the fire management operations you have been responsible for as part of your job.
  1. Mobilization and dispatch coordination
  2. Fire communications systems
  3. Fire prevention and education
  4. Fire suppression and preparedness
  5. Training
  6. Logistics
  7. Equipment development and deployment
  8. None of the above


* 17.Select the responses related to fire communications that you have performed as part of a fire job.
  1. Demonstrated cooperation with others within a structured fire organization in order to accomplish organizational goals or duties.
  2. Work with other team members under stressful and adverse conditions in order to achieve team goals.
  3. Communicate and direct the work of other fire employees as changes in priorities occur due to the unpredictable nature of fire suppression activities.
  4. Communicate effectively with management, peers, and/or individuals from the public and contracted module personnel regarding fire related topics, events, or concerns.
  5. Interact with difficult, hostile or distressed individuals with courtesy, tact and politeness.
  6. Serve as an instructor for a variety of fire related training courses.
  7. None of the above.


* 18.Select the responses that identify the firefighting responsibilities you have been assigned.
  1. Work on a prescribed wildfire 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.


Ensure that your resume thoroughly supports your answers to the questions. Your answers will be reviewed. If your answers are not supported by information in your resume, this may prevent you from being found qualified, in which case your application will NOT be referred to the selecting official.

You WILL NOT be considered for this announcement if you fail to submit ALL the applicable required documentation listed under the "How To Apply" tab (i.e. transcripts,DD-214's, SF-15, VA letter, SF-50's, PE Registration, etc.) by the CLOSING DATE of this announcement. Please call the Human Resources Office phone number listed on this announcement for clarification or further information.

Your complete and detailed on-line resume MUST include, at a minimum, the following information for each work experience, including military service (prepare a separate entry for each job): 1) Job Title (including series and grade if Federal job); 2) Hours per week; 3) Salary; 4) Starting and ending dates (month and year); 5) Employer's name and address; 6) Supervisor's name and phone number and whether we may contact your current supervisor; 7) Duties and accomplishments. Also include: 1) High School name, city, state, zip code if known, and date of diploma or GED; 2) College or university names, city, state, and zip code if known, majors and type and year of any degrees received (if no degree, show total credits earned and indicate whether semester or quarter hours); 3) list of job related training courses, skills, certificates and licenses, honors, awards, special accomplishments, membership in professional or honor societies, etc. Please make sure you read the vacancy announcement thoroughly to see if there is any additional supporting documentation required.

* 19.I understand that by completing and submitting this application, I am certifying that, to the best of my knowledge and belief, all of the information provided is true, correct, complete, and made in good faith. I understand that a false or fraudulent answer to any question may be grounds for not hiring me, or for firing me after I begin work, and may be punishable by fine or imprisonment. I also understand that failure to respond to this question will disqualify me from consideration.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 20.Where did you learn about this vacancy?
  1. Asianlife.com
  2. Diversenote.com
  3. NativeAmericanJobs.com
  4. WorkplaceDiversity.com
  5. Department of Veterans Affairs/Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment
  6. Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR)
  7. National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
  8. Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU)
  9. Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU)
  10. Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCU)
  11. Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)
  12. Referral from a Professor or Academic Advisor
  13. Referral from a College/University Career Placement Office
  14. Referral from a Professional Organization
  15. Job/Career Fair
  16. Referral from a friend or family member
  17. Reclamation Employee
  18. Reclamation Internet Site
  19. Referral from a State or Local government
  20. Referral from another Federal Agency/employee
  21. OPM USAJOBS Internet Site
  22. Other Internet Site
  23. Other






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