Firefighter (Basic Life Support / HAZMAT Ops)

US Department of the Army - Pueblo, CO

Full-time | Part-time

About the Position: This is a permanent position as a Firefighter (Basic Life Support/Hazardous Materials Operator) with the U.S. Army Chemical Materials Activity in Pueblo Chemical Depot.

Drive and operate all assigned fire-fighting and emergency equipment
Serve as a trained member of a firefighting crew engaged in the protection of life and property.
Performs after work operations inspections in areas such as offices, high-hazard work areas, shops, warehouses, medical facilities, etc.
Provide care as Emergency Medical Technician and first response ambulance driver-operator (EMT).
Serve as a member of the Chemical Accident/Incident Control (CAIC) Emergency Response Team performing firefighting, rescue, EMT service and assistance with decontamination as required.
Travel Required

25% or less - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


Job family (Series)

0081 Fire Protection and Prevention


Conditions of Employment
Appointment may be subject to a suitability or fitness determination, as determined by a completed background investigation.
Must be able to possess and maintain a Firefighter I and II, Airport Firefighter certifications and a state certification as Emergency Medical Technician (Colorado, or National) Basic Life Support. (Note: MUST submit a copy of certifications. )
Must be able to possess and maintain an Operator's license for driving and operating ALL emergency equipment.
Must be able to possess and maintain a certification Driver Operator, Haz-mat Ops and Tel-com I and II, if required by the installation. (Note: MUST submit a copy of certifications. )
Incumbent must successfully complete training in hazardous waste management procedures within six(6) months after the date of appointment to this position and will not work in unsupervised situations until these training requirements have been met.
Incumbent must also participate in annual review of this training.
This position is covered by the Civilian drug testing Program. Incumbent is required to sign a DA Form 5019-R, Condition of Employment for certain civilian positions identified as critical under the Drug Abuse Testing Program.
Must successfully complete pre-placement physical exam.
Incumbent must participate in the department's wellness program to include a structured physical exercise program, annual physical examination, and annual physical agility test.
Incumbent will work a 72-hour weekly tour and may be required to work weekends and holidays.
This is an "essential" position. This entails continued performance of duties and responsibilities during periods of inclement weather, fire, hazardous duty and other emergency operations.
This position requires you to obtain and maintain a valid, Colorado state driver's license. (Note: You MUST submit a copy of your state driver's license with your application package.)
Who May Apply: US Citizens

In order to qualify, you must meet the education and/or requirements described below. 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; religious; spiritual; community; student; social). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience; if qualifying based on education, your transcripts will be required as part of your application. Additional information about transcripts is in this document.

Specialized experience is defined as: At least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level in the Federal service which includes demonstrated experience on 1) controlling or extinguishing fires as a member of organized military, industrial, volunteer, or governmental fire department brigade; 2) conducting rescue operations and administering emergency medical aid; and 3) utilizing hazardous material response equipment/supplies to identify and contain hazardous products.

Certifications Required (Certificates must be attached to your application package):
In addition to the experience/education described above, this position requires the incumbent to possess the following certifications:
Emergency Medical Technician - Basic *Must be issued by a state or national registry
Firefighter I
Firefighter II
Airport Firefighter
HAZMAT Operations

Maximum Entry Age (MEA):
The MEA for Firefighters is 37. An employee originally hired into a covered FF position must be hired by the last day of the month s/he reaches 37.

Maximum Re-entry Age:
An employee who previously served on a covered position may be rehired past the MEA as long as s/he is able to complete 20 years of covered service by her/his mandatory retirement age. The maximum re-entry age for the individual is calculated by determining the total amount of time s/he has served on a covered position and subtracting that from age 57 if a FF. The employee's current age is compared to the calculated maximum re-entry age to determine if s/he can be rehired into the covered position.

Waivers to Maximum Entry Age:
MEA may be waived, but only under specific circumstances and only if approved by the authorized entity. Waivers to MEA for FFs must be approved by local Command.

An employee who occupies a special retirement position is subject to mandatory separation when all the following minimum conditions are met:
(a) Age 57
(b) Completion of 20 years of creditable service as a firefighter.
Mandatory separation is effective on the last day of the month in which the minimum conditions are met. Employees who are subject to mandatory separation are given a notice period of at least 60 days.

You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency in the following areas:

Emergency Medical Care
Fire Suppression
Firefighting Equipment
Preventative Maintenance

FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show 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; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit:

Additional information

Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.
You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.
Two year trial/probationary period may be required.
Direct Deposit of Pay is required.
Selection is subject to restrictions resulting from Department of Defense referral system for displaced employees.
If you have retired from federal service and you are interested in employment as a reemployed annuitant, see the information in the Reemployed Annuitant information sheet.
This is a Career Program (CP) 12 - Safety and Occupational Health Management position.
You may claim military spouse preference.
Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement.
Salary includes applicable locality pay or Local Market Supplement.
Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP). If you are a Federal employee in the competitive service and your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority for this position. To receive selection priority, you must: (1) meet ICTAP eligibility criteria (2) be rated well-qualified for the position and; (3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your ICTAP eligibility. To be considered well-qualified and receive selection priority applicants must satisfy all qualification requirements for the position and receive a score of 90 or above. Additional information about the program is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website.
If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.
Payment of Permanent Change of Station (PCS) costs is not authorized, based on a determination that a PCS move is not in the Government interest.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Once the announcement has closed, a review of your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) will be used to determine whether you meet the qualification requirements listed on this announcement. If you are minimally qualified, your résumé and supporting documentation will be compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine your level of experience. If, after reviewing your résumé and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully when applying, errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.

You should list any relevant performance appraisals and incentive awards in your resume as that information may be taken into consideration during the selection process. If selected, you may be required to provide supporting documentation.

Basis for Rating: Qualified candidates will be assigned to one of three quality categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified and Qualified. Veteran preference eligibles are listed ahead of non-preference eligibles within each quality category.

Best Qualified. Candidates in this category possess exceptional skills and experience to exceed well above the minimum requirements for the announced position.
Highly Qualified. Candidates in this category possess good skills and experience above the minimum requirements for the announced position.
Qualified. Candidates in this category meet the minimum experience requirements for the announced position.

Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance


Drug test required


Required Documents

Required Documents

The documents you are required to submit vary based on whether or not you are eligible for preference in federal employment. A complete description of preference categories and the associated required documents is in the Applicant Checklist (External).

As described above, your complete application includes your resume, your responses to the online questionnaire, and documents which prove your eligibility to apply. If you fail to provide these documents, you will be marked as having an incomplete application package and you will not be considered any further.

1. Your resume:
Your resume may be submitted in any format and must support the specialized experience described in this announcement.
If your resume includes a photograph or other inappropriate material or content, it will not be used to make eligibility and qualification determinations and you may not be considered for this vacancy.
For qualifications determinations your resume must contain hours worked per week and the dates of employment (i.e., HRS per week and month/year to month/year or month/year to present). If your resume does not contain this information, your application may be marked as incomplete and you may not receive consideration for this position.
For additional information see: What to include in your resume.

2. Other supporting documents:
Cover Letter, optional
Most recent Performance Appraisal, if applicable
This position has an individual occupational requirement and/or allows for substitution of education for experience. If you meet this requirement based on education you MUST submit a copy of your transcript with your application package or you will be rated ineligible. See: Transcripts and Licenses
This position requires a job-related license or certification. You MUST submit a copy of your license or certification with your application package or you will be rated ineligible. See: Transcripts and Licenses
NOTE: Documents submitted as part of the application package, to include supplemental documents, may be shared beyond the Human Resources Office. Some supplemental documents such as military orders and marriage certificates may contain personal information for someone other than you. You may sanitize these documents to remove another person's personal information before you submit your application. You may be asked to provide an un-sanitized version of the documents if you are selected to confirm your eligibility.

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.



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