Firefighter (Paramedic)

Department Of Defense Elmendorf Air Force Base , AK 99506

Posted 3 months ago

  • Duties




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The primary purpose of this position is to serve as a Firefighter (Paramedic) assigned to a crew engaged in airfield, structural firefighting, crash-rescue operations and assist in reducing and/or eliminating potential fire hazards to protect persons, property, or the environment and following protocols and providing advanced levels of life support.

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  • Provides advanced life support.

  • Performs crash-rescue and firefighting duties involving air traffic or support operations where hazardous conditions are such that the expectancy for fire is high and potential for becoming destructive is great.

  • Performs structural firefighting duties for a variety of facilities, which may include large multistoried buildings, industrial areas, and/or base storage facilities.

  • Maintains 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.

  • This position will support the Federal Government's response efforts to COVID-19.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

0081 Fire Protection and Prevention

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  • Requirements



Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship Required

  • Males must be registered for Selective Service, see

  • PCS expenses will not be paid.

  • Recruitment incentives may/may not be authorized

  • This posn is subject to provisions of the DoD Priority Placement Program

  • Disclosure of Political Appointments

  • Must pass an initial pre-employment medical examination, periodic medical examinations, required physical fitness/physical agility tests, meet established hearing standards and discern colors, contrast, and depth.

  • Employee must participate in a mandatory physical fitness program.

  • 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 48 hour on/48 hour off basis which includes weekends, and holidays. May be subject to recall.

  • This is a Testing Designated Position. The employee is 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.

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

  • May be required to participate on Hazardous Materials Teams (HAZMAT). May be required to perform duties associated with the operation of aircraft arresting barrier equipment.

  • This is a Mission Essential (ME) position performing a Mission Critical Function (MCF) which must continue uninterrupted after the occurrence of an emergency and continued through full resumption of all functions.

  • This position is designated as a key position. Duties of this position are essential to the accomplishment of wartime/contingency operations.

  • Incumbents of key positions must be removed from their military recall status if alternative for filling of the position during an emergency are not available.

  • Employee must comply with guidance provided in all JBER Fire and Emergency Services Flight Management Instructions, Standard Operating Procedures, and USAF Pre-Hospitial Care Protocols.

  • Employee may be required to train others in Basic and Advanced Life Support knowledge/skills as well as other relevant firefighter subjects.


QUALIFICATIONS: In order to qualify, you must meet the specialized experience requirements described in the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards for General Schedule Positions to include the Individual Occupational Requirements (IOR) for the GS-0081, Fire Protection and Prevention Series.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE at the GS-09: Applicants must have at least one (1) year of specialized experience at the next lower grade GS-08 or equivalent in other pay systems. Examples of specialized experience 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. Note: Your resume must show supporting detail in describing your experience, please be clear and specific. We will not make assumptions regarding your experience.

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-08 level is required to meet the time-in-grade requirements for the GS-09 level. TIG applies if you are in a current GS position or held a GS position within the previous 52 weeks. NOTE: Applicants applying as VEOA candidates who are current GS civil service employees or are prior GS civil service employees within the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements.

MAXIMUM ENTRY AGE: Title 5 U.S.C. 3307 authorizes the head of any agency to establish a maximum entry age for the original appointment of individuals to the position of primary and rigorous firefighter. For initial appointments, applicants cannot have reached their 37th birthday by date of appointment. Individuals who are past the maximum entry age limit (37 years) and have prior Federal civilian firefighter experience covered by title 5 U.S.C. section 8336(c), need to upload their first Appointment SF50's into a GS-0081 position to verify if age waiver is still required or if that time can be subtracted from your current age and qualify for reentry without the age waiver.

Effective 1 Jun 00, all DoD firefighters and contract fire and emergency service personnel must be certified at the next higher level before being eligible for promotion to that level. Applicants must list their current firefighter related licenses and certificates on their resumes. Please attach copies of certifications when you submit the resume to verify qualification requirements for the position. Certification requirements for this position: Airport Firefighter (includes Firefighter I, II), Fire Officer I, Fire Instructor I, Fire Inspector I, HAZMAT Awareness, HAZMAT Operations, and National Registry Emergency Medical Technician (NREMT) - Paramedic (EMT-P) certification and must maintain current National Registered Paramedic certification.

IMPORTANT: If you have received a Student ID# for the DoD Fire and Emergency Services Certification Program website ( please provide a copy of your most recent certification transcript. Note: If you do not know your Student ID, you may contact the AFCEC Reachback center at 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.

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 of basic and specialized airfield and structural firefighting equipment (fire alarm system operation, fire extinguishing equipment operation, etc.), techniques, and procedures.2. Knowledge of basic building design, construction, and occupancy; 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; and of safety requirements as outlined in applicable safety standards, regulations, and/or technical orders.3. Knowledge to apply Advanced Life Support techniques and protocols.4. Skill in operating communications equipment.5. Ability to maintain good working relations; to communicate orally and in writing; and to lift and carry heavy loads.6. Ability to apply Advanced Life Support techniques and protocols.

Special Retirement Provisions Authority:-FERS Position covered as rigorous under the FERS special retirement provisions for Federal firefighters [5 U.S.C. 8401(14), 5 U.S.C. 8412(d) and 5CFR 842.802]. Authority USD Memo dated 30 December 2004.OR-CSRS Position covered as rigorous under the CSRS special retirement provisions for Federal Firefighters [5 U.S.C. 8331(21), 5 U.S.C. 8336(c) and 5 CFR 831.902] Authority USD Memo dated 30 December 2004.

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.


This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

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Firefighter (Paramedic)

Department Of Defense