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Firefighter Basic Life Support

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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - Agency Wide

$42,656.00 to $55,451.00

Chillicothe, OH

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$42,656 to $55,451 per year

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GS 7

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6 vacancies in the following location:

Chillicothe, OH

Relocation expenses reimbursed


This job is open to

Federal employees

Current or former competitive service employees, including:

Merit promotion

Career Transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)




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OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan - by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities [i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more. Contact the Agency Contact for information on how to apply under this appointment authority via the Selective Placement Coordinator.

WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED: Chillicothe VAMC Employee includes Community Based Outpatient Clinic employees will receive first referral. Status Candidates (Merit Promotion Eligibles) include Government-wide career or career-conditional employees; Transfer and Reinstatement Candidates, Compensable Disabled Veterans, Veterans Recruitment Act (VRA) Eligibles, Qualified Disabled Individuals, Veterans with Preference or who have been separated from the Armed Forces under honorable conditions after three years or more of continuous active service (VEOA). You must submit proof of this eligibility with your application.

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The Firefighter (Basic Life Support) is located in the Fire Section of the Protective Services. Its purpose is to provide fire suppression, protection, inspection and emergency medical services to the VA Medical Center Facilities, Chillicothe, OH.

The major duties of the position include, but are not limited to: Responds to all medical center alarms and mutual aid requests, performs such firefighting duties as determining the nature and extent of the fire, the appropriate action required, laying and connecting hoses, directing fire streams, operating firefighting equipment, ventilating burning buildings, performing evacuations and rescues, administering appropriate emergency treatments, etc.

Drive and operate the two fire engines and other Fire Department vehicles to scene of fire following predetermined route, or selecting alternate routed when necessary. Positions vehicle considering such factors as wind direction, sources of water and hazards from falling structures.

Provide non-invasive procedures following State and Federal Emergency Medical Basic Life Support Protocols and in support of medical center physician or off site paramedics responding to the campus and will provide on-scene direction to VAFD members with a lower level of emergency medical response training.

Conduct fire and life safety inspections of patient and employee living quarters, office areas, medical and treatment areas, warehouses, maintenance shops, recreational facilities, food services, vacant storage buildings, areas undergoing renovation, etc.

Recommend improvement of fire protection and prevention systems and equipment and procedures or regulations.

Work schedule: Work schedule is appropriate only when the nature of the work is sporadic and unpredictable so that a tour of duty cannot be regularly scheduled in advanced. When an agency is able to schedule work in advance on a regular basis, it has an obligation to document the change in work schedule from intermittent to part-time or full-time to ensure proper service credit, so therefore, part-time or full-time employees are entitled to Life and Health Insurance.

Compressed/Flexible Schedule: Not available.

Telework: Not available.

Virtual: This is not a virtual position.

Position Description Title/PD#: Firefighter (Basic Life Support), PD # 06490-A

Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized

Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status


Who May Apply

This job is open to…

Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles)

Questions? This job is open to 2 groups.

Job family (Series)

0081 Fire Protection and Prevention

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Conditions of Employment

You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job

Designated and/or random drug testing may be required

Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959

You may be required to serve a probationary period

Subject to background/security investigation

This is a Bargaining Unit position.

Physical Requirements: Work requires the ability to perform strenuous physical activity for a long period of time, in an emergency situation. Activities involve prolonged periods of time standing, walking, bending, crouching, and carrying heavy firefighting tools and related equipment associated with the performance of such as maintenance, testing, inspections, drills, suppression, and transport of persons.

Work Environment: The work environment is varied. Work is performed indoors and outdoors, in areas where it is dirty, dusty, noisy, or greasy, outside hot and cold inclement/bad weather, and occasionally in areas where there is danger of exposure to asbestos dust from insulation. Work involves exposure to fires, noxious gases from burning materials, handing of frightened persons, and other physically injurious hazards, firefighting hazards are recurring and require the one of specialized firefighting safety equipment, clothing, and procedures. The Firefighter/EMT can be exposed to airborne/blood borne pathogens, blood, vomit, and other infectious diseases transmitted from a patient, staff member, or visitor to the VAMC.

Mental/Emotional Requirements: Understand, remember, and apply oral and/or written instructions or other information, understand, remember, and communicate routine, factual information, understand complex problems and to collaborate and explore alternative solutions, apply common sense in performing job, make decisions which have significant impact on the department's credibility, operations, and services, requires ability to hear and speak effectively on phone, express or exchange ideas by means of the spoken word, communicating orally with others accurately, loudly, and quickly, make informal presentations, inside and/or outside the organization. Speaking before groups, compose materials such as detailed reports, work-related manuals, publications of limited scope or impact, etc., and/or to make presentations, outside the immediate work area, count accurately, Add, subtract, multiply, divide and to record, balance, and check results for accuracy, compute, analyze, and interpret numerical data for reporting purposes, compute, analyze, and interpret complex statistical data and/or to develop forecasts and computer models.


To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 03/02/2018.

Time-In-Grade Requirement: Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement. For a GS-7 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-06 grade level. The grade may have been in any occupation, but must have been held in the Federal service. An SF-50 that shows your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials.

You may qualify based on your experience and/or education as described below:

Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-06 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: (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 eqipment; (5) controlling hazardous materials incidents and/or (6) developing, implementing, or providing training in fire protection and prevention..

You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position:

Performs work in accurate and timely manner.

Demonstrates knowledge of structural related emergencies.

Demonstrates knowledge of emergency medical incidents.

Ability to operate fire department vehicles in a safe manner.

Maintains all applicable Fire and EMS certificates.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; 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.

Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.


PLEASE NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement). Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website:

. All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.

Additional information

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal/VA competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location) and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at

Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets

site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.

For more information on the Who may apply eligibility requirements, please refer to the OHRM Status Candidates and Other Candidate Definitions


If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.


Narrative responses are not required at this time. If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information, which may include, but not limited to; responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities; completion of a work sample, and/or contact for an interview.Your resume and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Required Documents

Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

Required Documents:

Applicants from Chillicothe VAMC, VA's Nationwide and Other Government Agencies

1. Résumé.

2. Responses to Online Questionnaire.

3. Latest SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) showing your grade, step and career status.

4. Any other supporting documentation if desired.

Reinstatement Eligible Applicants

1. Résumé.

2. Responses to Online Questionnaire.

3. Latest SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) showing your grade, step and career status.

4. Any other supporting documentation if desired.

Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces

1. Résumé.

2. Responses to Online Questionnaire.

3. Copy of your DD-214. Your copies must be legible and must show character of service and all dates of service; more than one DD-214 may be needed to show all dates of service. Copies of your DD-214 may be requested by calling 800-827-1000 or TDD# 800-829-4833 or online at

4. Disabled veterans and other veterans eligible for 10-point preference must also submit an SF-15 with required proof. If you are claiming entitlement for 10-point veterans preference, you MUST submit your DD-214 showing character of service; and SF-15 (Application for 10-Point Veterans Preference) with the required VA letter dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying a service-connected disability of 10% or more.

5. Any other supporting documentation if desired.

People with Disabilities

1. Résumé.

2. Responses to Online Questionnaire.

3. In addition, you must submit certification from either a state vocational or Department of Veterans Affairs rehabilitation counselor that describes your ability to perform the essential duties of the position in which you are interested.

4. Any other supporting documentation if desired.

The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist

to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's (current/former Federal employees), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.

Cover Letter


Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs)



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Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.



A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits

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Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

How to Apply

How to Apply

All applicants are encouraged to apply online. To apply for this position, you must complete the questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 03/02/2018 to receive consideration. To preview the questionnaire click

To begin, click Apply Online to create a USA JOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USA JOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.

Click Submit My Answers to submit your application package.

NOTE: It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.

To verify your application is complete, log into your USA JOBS account,

, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Application page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process. To return to an incomplete application, log into your USA JOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USA JOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

Agency contact information

Cyle Long


740-773-1141 X6244



Chillicothe VA Medical Center

17273 State Route 104

Chillicothe, OH


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Next steps

Once your online application is submitted you will receive a confirmation notification by email. After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.

You may check the status of your application at any time by logging into your USA Jobs account and clicking on Applications. Information regarding your application status can be found in the USAJobs Help Center

Fair & Transparent

Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants

Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when: An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.

An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.

An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations

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Financial suitability

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Privacy Act

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Selective Service

New employee probationary period

Note: We cannot accept applications on behalf of Federal Agencies. Application instructions are listed within the Job Description.

Company info

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - Agency Wide
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Company Profile
The Veterans Health Administration is home to the United States’ largest integrated health care system consisting of 152 medical centers, nearly 1,400 community-based outpatient clinics, community living centers, Vet Centers and Domiciliaries. Together these health care facilities and the more than 53,000 independent licensed health care practitioners who work within them provide comprehensive care to more than 8.3 million* Veterans each year.

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