Lead Firefighter (hazardous Materials Tech)

Department of Defense Altus AFB, OK
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The primary purpose of this position is to serve as a Lead Firefighter responsible for a major piece of firefighting equipment and its regularly assigned crew of three or more firefighters engaged in airfield and structural firefighting and rescue operations and the reduction and/or elimination of potential fire hazards.

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* Leads a crew of three or more firefighters, including at least one firefighter assigned to man a major piece of motorized firefighting equipment such as a pumper, or Airport Rescue Fire Fighting (ARFF) vehicle in firefighting and rescue operations.

* Directs firefighting crew in the operation of firefighting vehicles and equipment.

* Directs assigned crew in the performance of crash/rescue and firefighting duties at airfields handling complex (e.g., bombers, cargo, and passenger) aircraft;

* the performance of structural firefighting duties for a variety of facilities which may include research and/or large industrial complexes; and the performance of hazar dousmaterial (HAZMAT) containment and control and/or Basic Life Support duties.

* Leads assigned crew and performs emergency rescue of personnel and a variety of first aid measures to alleviate further injury and prepare the victim(s) for transport to a medical facility.

* Assigns crew members to perform maintenance of firefighting equipment and fire station facilities.

* Complies with health, safety, and environmental rules and procedures and performs work in a manner that enhances the safety of the work environment.

Travel Required

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

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


* Job family (Series)

0081 Fire Protection and Prevention

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* U.S. Citizenship Required

* Males must be registered for Selective Service, see www.sss.gov.

* Employee must participate in a mandatory physical fitness program. A pre-employment physical examination may/will be required.

* Employee is required to use all safety equipment and clothing provided by management.

* The employee is required to work a 72 hour week on a 24 hour on, 24 hour off basis which includes weekends and holidays. May be subject to recall.

* This posn is subject to provisions of the DoD Priority Placement Program. This is a Testing Designated Position. The employee is subject to random drug testing (IA W HQ-USAF letter dated 29 Jan 90).

* Position may be subject to random drug testing

* This position requires the employee to work under adverse environmental conditions and falls under the respiratory protection program and hearing conservation program.

* The work requires the employee to drive a motor vehicle. An appropriate, valid driver's license is required.Incumbent will be required to obtain licensing and if required, certification for any newly assigned mission directed vehicles or equipment.

* Position requires the ability to discern colors, contrast, and depth.

* Disclosure of Political Appointments

* May be required to work the Fire Alarm and Communications Center (FACC).

* Employee is required to be Department of Defense (DoD) certified Firefighter I, Firefighter II, Fire Officer I, Fire Instructor I, Fire Inspector I, Airport Firefighter, Apparatus Driver/Operator - Pumper , Apparartus Driver/Operator-ARFF,

* Apparatus Driver/Operator- Mobile Water Supply, HAZMAT Awareness, HAZMAT Operations, HAZMAT Technician (under NFPA standards adopted by DOD),

* Telecommunicator I and possess at minimum First Aid/First Responder certification. State or National Registry Emergency Medical Technician (NREMT) - Basic Life Support (EMT-B) certification is highly desired.

* Position is mission essential, incumbent is subject to telephone recall for emergency or exercise contingencies.

* Must obtain and maintain A SECRET security clearance.

* Incumbent is a provider of initial hazardous material emergency response operations and as such is required to obtain within one year of initial hire, DOD certification for HAZMA T Branch Officer.

* KEY POSITION DESIGNATION: This is a "KEY" positon. Incumbent must be removed from their military recall status if alternatives for filling the position during an emergency are not available.

* Incumbant will maintain a current automated system login for the purpose of conducting applicable fire department administrative business processes.


Requirements for GS-0081-08 One year of specialized experience which includes (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.This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the GS-07 grade/level position or equivalent in the federal service.

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FEDERAL TIME-IN-GRADE (TIG) REQUIREMENT FOR GENERAL SCHEDULE (GS) POSITIONS: Merit promotion applicants must meet applicable time-in-grade requirements to be considered eligible. One year at the GS-07 level is required to meet the time-in-grade requirements for the GS-08 level. TIG applies if you are in a current GS position or held a GS position within the previous 52 weeks.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (KSAs): Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas:

1.Knowledge to drive and operate firefighting vehicles of significant complexity; of the principles of hydraulics as they pertain to water flow, water pressure, water levels, line (friction) losses, etc.; and of basic and specialized firefighting equipment (fire alarm system operation, fire extinguishing equipment operation, etc.), techniques, and procedures.

2. Knowledge of emergency first aid techniques; safety requirements as outlined in applicable safety standards, regulations, and/or technical orders; and HAZMAT emergency response procedures, equipment, and identification.

3. Knowledge of basic building design, construction, and occupancy; and of the latest changes in aircraft cockpit design, ordnance placement, and cabin layouts to include the operation of hatch or canopy release mechanisms, ejection seat mechanisms, and/or oxygen supply systems.

4. Skill in detecting and recognizing fire hazards (potential and immediate), and operating communications equipment.

5. Ability to maintain good working relations; communicate orally and in writing; and lift and carry heavy loads.

6. Ability to provide leadership and integrate the actions of a crew under emergency conditions.

Supervisory Controls:

Supervisor makes assignments for the shift, generally indicating what is to be done, priorities, and any special concerns. Preshift briefings include information on incidents during previous shifts and general instructions. New or unusual assigmnents are accompanied by suggested work methods and advice on source material. The employee independently carries out recurring assigrunents without specific instruction. Completed work is reviewed for adequacy, adherence to standard procedures and methods, and compliance with training and instructions.

Environmental Factors:

Employee is exposed to out-of-control fires, HAZMAT spills, or possible explosions. May suffer from burns, dehydration, and other effects of heat, smoke inhalation, heavy protective clothing, falling materials, or explosions. Subject to physical injury and sensory damage from firefighting activities, exposure to HAZMAT and high noise levels. Must deal with victims in emergency situations that may be in varying stages of fright, panic, injury, and shock. May participate in mob or riot control. There may be hazards while operating or riding fire trucks at high

speeds under adverse conditions. The employee works outside in all types of weather conditions. Ability to move charged fire hoses, fire extinguishers and other equipment. Must be able to wear protective clothing, such as encapsulated suits weighing 50 - 60 pounds. Climbs ladders and works at various heights.

PART-TIME OR UNPAID EXPERIENCE: Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid and or part-time work. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week.

VOLUNTEER WORK EXPERIENCE: Refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service Programs (i.e., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student and social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge and skills that can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.


IF USING EDUCATION TO QUALIFY: You MUST provide transcripts to support your educational claims. Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

FOREIGN EDUCATION: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. You must show proof the education credentials have been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education program. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.