About the Position: This Fire Protection Specialist (INSTRUCTOR), GS-0081-10 position with the Directorate of Emergency Services is located at Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia.
Fort A.P. Hill is located 20 minutes south of Fredericksburg, VA which is commonly referred to as the most historic small town in America. The area enjoys less traffic than Northern VA/Wash. D.C., and offers world-class quality-of-life opportunities. Shopping, battlefields, public schools ranked among the best in Virginia!
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- Primary responsibility for developing and conducting the overall Fire, Rescue, and Hazardous Materials Training program.
- Incumbent develops and manages plans, programs and trains division personnel and the installation population in appropriate techniques and methods.
- Develops, writes, and updates the training program for the organization. Develops the program based on the training needs of personnel as defined in DOD Instruction, Army Regulation, NFPA Standards and approved methods and techniques.
- Instructs department personnel in all phases of fire protection, hazardous materials response, technical rescue, fire prevention, emergency medical, and disaster preparedness techniques.
- Plans, organizes, participates, oversees and reviews training drills and exercises in structural, ARFF, HAZMAT, weapons of mass destruction, rescue and emergency medical functions as required and needed.
- Conducts safety related training and assists in accident investigations.
- Responds to emergency incidents and assumes immediate control until relieved by Senior Fire Officer or the Fire Chief.
- Serves as the Assistant Chief in charge for the entire on duty shift, (15-20 personnel) when scheduled, supervising emergency operations at all stations.
- Prepares incident reports and documentation.
Occasional travel – Business travel 5%
Conditions of Employment
- Appointment may be subject to a suitability or fitness determination, as determined by a completed background investigation.
- This position requires the employee to possess and maintain a valid Government Driver's License; in order to obtain and maintain Government Driver's License, you must have a valid State Driver's license for the duration of your employment.
- This position is covered by the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Program. You will be required to sign a DA 5019 and take and pass a urinalysis test prior to appointment and periodically thereafter.
- Must be able to pass pre-appointment and subsequent periodic medical examinations IAW DoD 6055.5M to determine fitness for continued performance of the duties of the position.
- This position requires a physical agility test.
- This position requires the employee to work 60 hours a week, which includes weekends and holidays and may be subject to recall after normal tour of duty in cases of emergencies.
- This position may require you to wear appropriate uniform and/or protective clothing weighing up to 100 pounds (approximate).
- This position requires the employee to obtain and maintain a National Agency Check with Inquires (NACI) security clearance.
- This position requires the employee to report to work during inclement weather, natural disasters, and other emergency situations as directed by the Fire Chief and may be subject to mandatory overtime or recall.
Who May Apply: Only applicants who meet one of the employment authority categories below are eligible to apply for this job. You will be asked to identify which category or categories you meet, and to provide documents which prove you meet the category or categories you selected. See Proof of Eligibility for an extensive list of document requirements for all employment authorities.
- 30 Percent or More Disabled Veterans
- Current Department of Army Civilian Employees
- Current Permanent Department of Defense (DOD) Civilian Employee (non-Army)
- Domestic Defense Industrial Base/Major Range and Test Facilities Base Civilian Personnel Workforce
- Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan
- Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act
- Military Spouses, under Executive Order (E.O.) 13473
- Non-Appropriated Fund Instrumentality (NAFI)
- Priority Placement Program, DoD Military Spouse Preference (MSP) Eligible
- Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) of 1998
In order to qualify, you must meet the specialized experience 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: One year of specialized experience which includes work that involves independently prepare fire protection lesson plans, coordinate and conduct trainings, administers physical fitness programs, and practical knowledge of fire protection and prevention techniques. This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the next lower grade/level position in the federal service (GS-08).
You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency in the following areas:
- Fire Prevention, Inspection, and Code Compliance
- Fire Suppression
- Fire/Life Safety Training, Public Education, and Outreach
- Teaching Others
Time in Grade Requirement: Applicants who have held a General Schedule (GS) position within the last 52 weeks must have 52 weeks of Federal service at the next lower grade or equivalent (GS-08).
Some federal jobs allow you to substitute your education for the required experience in order to qualify. For this job, you must meet the qualification requirement using experience alone–no substitution of education for experience is permitted.
- 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.
- This is a Career Program (CP) 12 – Fire and Safety position.
- You may claim military spouse preference (MSP).
- If a MSP applicant is determined best qualified and selected, placement must be at the full performance level for priority consideration.
- Salary includes applicable locality pay or Local Market Supplement.
- 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.
- This position is included under the provisions of Special Retirement Coverage and may have both a maximum entry age and a mandatory retirement date. For more information follow this link. https: acpol2.army.mil/chra_dodea/FF_2nd_SRC.pdf
- FIREFIGHTER RETIREMENT COVERAGE: This position is covered as a secondary firefighter position under the special retirement provisions of 5 U.S.C. 8336(c)(CSRS) and 5 U.S.C. 8412(d) (FERS) when it is filled by an individual who transfers directly from a primary or another secondary firefighting position with no break in service as a firefighter to this position. Firefighter retirement coverage of the selectee depends upon his or her individual work history.
- NOTE: IMPORTANT, If you have received a Student ID# for the DoD Fire and Emergency Services Certification Program (FESCP) website (https: go.usa.gov/xdsTR), please provide a copy of your most recent certification transcript. NOTE: If you do not know your Student ID, you may contact the USAF/AFCEC Reachback Center at afcec.rbcus.af.mil as the DOD FESCP administrator to access the system. If you do not have a Student ID and/or cannot access the Certificate Program site, you must upload a copy of your individual certifications or transcript at the time of your application or you will be removed from consideration.
- This position requires that you have the following Department of Defense (DOD) Firefighter Certification or International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) or National Professional Qualification System (NPQS)/ProBoard certification: Fire Officer III, Fire Inspector II, Fire Instructor III, Hazardous Materials Incident Commander. Emergency Medical Technician – Basic level or higher issued by State or National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians is also required.
- Airport Firefighter certification must be obtained within 12 months of entry on duty.
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.
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 .
Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
Position sensitivity and risk
Noncritical-Sensitive (NCS)/Moderate Risk
Trust determination process
The documents you are required to submit vary based on the authority you are using to apply (i.e., applying as a veteran, applying as a current permanent Federal employee, applying as a reinstatement, etc). Please review the following links to see which documents you need to provide to prove your eligibility to apply: Applicant Merit Checklist and Proof of Eligibility .
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
- Proof of Eligibility to Apply: Your application must include the documents which prove you are eligible to apply for the vacancy. The Proof of Eligibility document describes authorities commonly used in merit promotion recruitment and what document(s) are required to prove you meet the requirements of the authority. You must meet the requirements of at least one of the authorities listed in the Who May Apply section above to receive further consideration.
- Time-in-grade documentation: If you are applying for a higher grade and your SF-50 has an effective date within the past year, it may not clearly demonstrate you meet the one year time-in-grade requirement so you will need to provide an SF-50 which clearly demonstrates you meet the time-in-grade requirements (examples of appropriate SF-50s include Promotions, Within-grade Grade/Range Increases, and SF-50s with an effective date more than one year old).
- 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.