FIRE SUPPRESSION AID
Deadline: July 11, 2017 or After 1,500 Applicants
Salary: $64,671.60 – $78,608.88 Annually
Positions allocable to this class are supervised by professional firefighter personnel, and are assigned to Fire Suppression Camps located in watershed areas and typically serve as members of air attack helicopter crews. Incumbents clear firebreaks, trails, and motorways; maintain and repair fire control facilities; and perform other fire control or prevention activities assigned to them. Incumbents must exercise working knowledge of fire suppression tools and techniques.
Essential Job Functions
- Clears firebreaks, trails and motorways by cutting back brush or trees with chainsaws and hand tools, under fire emergency and precautionary conditions; also participates in other preventive measures, such as prescribed burns.
- Assists engine companies in laying hose lines used to suppress wildland fires; patrols area of controlled fires to discover and extinguish any remaining burning material.
- Provides manual labor in other types of emergencies; fills and places sandbags, digs canals, or operates a dump truck to remove mud and debris during heavy rains or storms; assists Urban Search and Rescue teams; or demolishes structures after earthquakes.
- Performs various support duties such as: clerical tasks, small equipment repair and maintenance, sewing, moving furniture, assisting with special Departmental events, washing helicopters, or other vehicle maintenance.
- Frequently performs heavy lifting over 25 pounds, often combined with bending, twisting, or working on irregular surfaces, and occasionally requires extraordinary physical activity.
Graduation from high school (or its equivalent) or higher from an accredited* college or university.**
Successful completion of the mandatory Department sponsored in-service training program is required prior to final appointment.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENT INFORMATION:
*Accreditation: Accredited institutions are those listed in the publications of regional, national or international accrediting agencies, which are accepted by the Department of Human Resources. Publications such as American Universities and Colleges and International Handbook of Universities are acceptable references. Also acceptable, if appropriate, are degrees that have been evaluated and deemed to be equivalent to degrees from United States accredited institutions by an academic credential evaluation agency recognized by The National Association of Credential Evaluation Services or the Association of International Credential Evaluators, Inc. (AICE).
Applicants for this position must include a legible copy of their official diploma, transcripts, or a letter from the accredited institution at the time of filing or within 15 calendar days of filing. Failure to provide the required documentation will result in application rejection.
A valid California Class C Driver License is required at time of hiring.***
A valid California Class C Driver License with Firefighter endorsement, tank endorsement, with no air brake or manual transmission restrictions is required within twelve months from the date of completing the training academy.
A valid California Class A or Commercial Class B Driver License with Fire endorsement, tank endorsement, with no air brake or manual transmission restrictions may be required for some positions in this class.
***License: Candidates offered these positions will be required to show proof of a California driver license before appointment and will be required to obtain a copy of his/her driving record from the California State Department of Motor Vehicles (and any other state in which the candidate has held a driver license during the preceding 5 years) before being appointed. A copy of the driving record(s) must be presented at the time of appointment. License must not be suspended, restricted, or revoked.
AN APPLICANT WHOSE DRIVING RECORD SHOWS FOUR (4) OR MORE MOVING VIOLATIONS WITHIN THE LAST TWO YEARS WILL NOT BE APPOINTED.
4 – Arduous: Involves frequent heavy lifting over 25 pounds, often combined with bending, twisting, or working on irregular surfaces, and occasionally requires extraordinary physical activity.
Safety Position Requirements:
VISION: Acuity – At least 20/70 in each eye without correction, correctable to 20/30 in each eye.
HEIGHT/WEIGHT RELATIONSHIP: There are no minimum or maximum height requirements, but the height/weight relationship of each applicant must either (1) fall within the ranges in the following table, or (2) be found to be acceptable after individual evaluation. Height measurements are made without shoes and coat. Applicants whose height falls between any of the measurements shown on the table should meet the weight requirements of the lower height.
MALE HEIGHT WEIGHT:
5 ft. 0 in. 110 lbs. to 143 lbs. 5 ft. 1 in. 112 lbs. to 146 lbs.
5 ft. 2 in. 115 lbs. to 149 lbs. 5 ft. 3 in. 118 lbs. to 152 lbs.
5 ft. 4 in. 121 lbs. to 155 lbs. 5 ft. 5 in. 124 lbs. to 158 lbs.
5 ft. 6 in. 128 lbs. to 163 lbs. 5 ft. 7 in. 131 lbs. to 168 lbs.
5 ft. 8 in. 136 lbs. to 173 lbs. 5 ft. 9 in. 140 lbs. to 179 lbs.
5 ft. 10 in. 144 lbs. to 185 lbs. 5 ft. 11 in. 148 lbs. to 191 lbs.
6 ft. 0 in. 152 lbs. to 197 lbs. 6 ft. 1 in. 156 lbs. to 203 lbs.
6 ft. 2 in. 160 lbs. to 209 lbs. 6 ft. 3 in. 164 lbs. to 215 lbs.
6 ft. 4 in. 168 lbs. to 221 lbs. 6 ft. 5 in. 172 lbs. to 227 lbs.
6 ft. 6 in. 176 lbs. to 233 lbs. 6 ft. 7 in. 180 lbs. to 239 lbs.
FEMALE HEIGHT WEIGHT:
5 ft. 0 in. 95 lbs. to 129 lbs. 5 ft. 1 in. 98 lbs. to 132 lbs.
5 ft. 2 in. 101 lbs. to 135 lbs. 5 ft. 3 in. 104 lbs. to 138 lbs.
5 ft. 4 in. 107 lbs. to 144 lbs. 5 ft. 5 in. 111 lbs. to 150 lbs.
5 ft. 6 in. 115 lbs. to 156 lbs. 5 ft. 7 in. 119 lbs. to 162 lbs.
5 ft. 8 in. 121 lbs. to 168 lbs. 5 ft. 9 in. 127 lbs. to 174 lbs.
5 ft. 10 in. 131 lbs. to 180 lbs. 5 ft. 11 in. 135 lbs. to 186 lbs.
6 ft. 0 in. 139 lbs. to 192 lbs. 6 ft. 1 in. 143 lbs. to 197 lbs.
6 ft. 2 in. 147 lbs. to 204 lbs. 6 ft. 3 in. 151 lbs. to 210 lbs.
6 ft. 4 in. 155 lbs. to 216 lbs. 6 ft. 5 in. 159 lbs. to 222 lbs.
6 ft. 6 in. 163 lbs. to 228 lbs. 6 ft. 7 in. 167 lbs. to 234 lbs.
This examination will consist of FOUR (4) parts:
Part I: A multiple choice test weighted 60% that will assess Safety Judgment, Attention to Detail, Mechanical Comprehension, Achievement, Safety Orientation, and Responsibility.
Candidates must achieve a passing score of 70% or higher in Part I to participate in Part II. Candidates who achieve a passing score in Part I will be notified via e-mail. Candidates who do not achieve a passing score on Part I will be notified by U.S. mail. SCORES CANNOT BE GIVEN OVER THE PHONE.
Part II: A multiple choice test weighted 20% that will assess Written Expression, Reading Comprehension, Data Analysis & Decision-Making, Customer Service, and Knowledge of Tools & Equipment.
Candidates must achieve a combined score of 70% or higher on Part I and Part II to proceed to Part III. Candidates who pass Part I and Part II will be notified via e-mail.
Candidates who do not achieve a a combined score of 70% on Part I and Part II will be notified by U.S. mail. SCORES CANNOT BE GIVEN OVER THE PHONE.
Part III: Candidates will be required to take and pass a physical agility test (BEEP). The BEEP test is a multi-stage fitness test used to estimate an athlete’s maximum oxygen uptake.
NOTE: The BEEP test is a pass or fail test and is only valid for one (1) year after the candidate passes the test. If the candidate’s BEEP results expire prior to being hired, he/she must take the BEEP test again.
Candidates must pass Part I, Part II, and Part III in order to proceed to Part IV. Candidates who pass Part III will be notified via e-mail.
Candidates who do not pass Part III will be notified by U.S. mail. SCORES CANNOT BE GIVEN OVER THE PHONE.
Part IV: A structured oral interview weighted 20% that will assess Oral Communication & Comprehension, Multitasking, and Adaptability & Flexibility.
Candidates must achieve a combined score of 70% or higher on Part I and Part II, achieve a pass score on Part III, and achieve a score of 70% or higher on Part IV to be placed on the eligible list.
Note: Candidates are responsible for providing a valid e-mail address on their County of Los Angeles Department of Human Resources profile and application. This e-mail address must be able to receive e-mail notifications from fire.lacounty.gov. Candidates must review their inbox and junk/spam mail to verify if e-mail notification was received.
Final results will be sent via U.S. mail. Test scores will not be given over the phone.
IN ACCORDANCE WITH CIVIL SERVICE RULE 7.19, ALL EXAMINATION MATERIALS ARE STANDARDIZED AND COPYRIGHTED, AND THEREFORE, NOT SUBJECT TO REVIEW.
This examination contains test parts that may be used in future examinations. If you apply for a new examination, your score will be transferred for at least 12 months to the new examination. You are not allowed to re-take any identical test parts for at least 12 months.
Study guides and other test preparation resources are available to help candidates prepare for employment tests. An interactive, Online Test Preparation System for taking practice tests may be accessed on the Department of Human Resources website at http://hr.lacounty.gov/. Please click on Find a Job, then click on Job Search Toolkit. You can also access test preparation for the computerized portion of the test by going to http://www.shldirect.com/practice_tests.html. While test study guides will help in preparing for the test, we advise you to review ALL related materials that you deem necessary.
The names of candidates receiving a passing grade on the examination will be placed on the eligible list in the order of their score group for a period of 12 months following the date of promulgation.
Applications will be processed on an as-received basis and promulgated to the eligible list accordingly.
BACKGROUND CHECK AND MEDICAL EXAMINATION: Successful candidates who are given a conditional offer of employment will be required to complete a thorough background investigation, including a fingerprint search, followed by a medical examination, prior to appointment. Candidates who do not successfully pass the background check and medical examination may be removed from the certification list (eligible list) pursuant to Civil Service Rule 6.04.
The resulting eligible list for this examination will be used to fill Fire Suppression Aid vacancies within the Los Angeles County Fire Department as they occur.
Appointees will be assigned to Fire Suppression Camps that are located at:Camp 2 – 4810 N. Oak Grove Drive, La Canada Flintridge, CA 91011
Camp 8 – 1900 S. Rambla Pacifico, Malibu, CA 90265
Camp 9 – 21521 Sand Canyon Road, Santa Clarita, CA 91387
Camp 12 – 29300 The Old Road, Castaic, CA 91384
Appointees may be required to work at any Fire Department facility.
Any Shift – Appointees must be willing to work any shift, including evenings, nights, weekends, and holidays.
APPLICATION AND FILING INFORMATION:
APPLICATIONS MUST BE FILED ONLINE ONLY. APPLICATIONS SUBMITTED BY U.S. MAIL, FAX, OR IN PERSON WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. Resumes cannot be accepted in lieu of applications, although resumes and supporting documents may be uploaded as attachments to the online application. Apply online by clicking on the green “Apply” button, when it becomes available, at the top right of this posting. You can also track the status of your application using this website. If you are unable to access the website, you may enter the following link to access your profile: http://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/lacounty.
NOTE: We must receive your application and required documents, by 5:00 pm, PST, on the last day of filing. Please check your application to ensure that the required documents are uploaded by logging on to the County of Los Angeles Department of Human Resources website and reviewing your submitted application. If you are unable to attach required documents, you may email them to Fire-FSA@fire.lacounty.gov or fax the documents to (323) 869-0312 at the time of filing or within fifteen (15) calendar days of submitting your online application. Failure to provide the required documentation will result in application rejection. Please include your Name the Exam Number, and the Exam Title on the faxed documents.
All applicants must enter a valid e-mail address at the time of application submission. Entering an invalid e-mail address may result in the disqualification of your application during the examination process. Notifications may be sent electronically to the e-mail address provided on your application.
Your application will not be accepted if any of the required information and/or documents, which includes, EDUCATION, are omitted.
The acceptance of your application depends on whether you have clearly shown that you meet the Selection Requirements. Please fill out your application and supplemental questionnaire completely and correctly to receive full credit for any related education, training, and job experience. For each job held, give the name and address of your employer, your actual job title, beginning and ending dates, description of work performed, total number of hours worked (full or part-time) and salary earned. Provide any relevant education, training, and experience in the spaces provided so we can evaluate your qualifications for this job. Your application will be rejected if it is incomplete. We may reject your application at any time during the selection process.
Please note that ALL information included in the application materials is subject to VERIFICATION at any point during the examination and hiring process, including after an appointment has been made. FALSIFICATION of any information may result in DISQUALIFICATION or RESCISSION OF APPOINTMENT. Utilizing VERBIAGE from the Class Specification and Minimum Requirements serving as your description of duties WILL NOT be sufficient to demonstrate that you meet the requirements. Doing so may result in an INCOMPLETE APPLICATION and you may be DISQUALIFIED.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION REGARDING ONLINE FILING:
SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER:
It is important that you provide your own Social Security Number (SSN) at the time of filing to ensure your application is processed accurately. Please include your SSN for record control purposes. Federal law requires that all employed persons have a SSN.
COMPUTER AND INTERNET ACCESS AT PUBLIC LIBRARIES:
For applicants who may not have regular access to a computer or the Internet, applications can be completed on computers at public libraries throughout Los Angeles County by visiting http://www.colapublib.org/libs.
NO SHARING OF USER ID, E-MAIL, AND PASSWORD:
If you do not already have an account/profile with the County of Los Angeles, you will need to create one. All applicants must file their application online using their OWN user ID and password. Using someone else’s user ID and password will erase the original application record.
ADA Coordinator Phone (323) 838-2239
Teletype Phone (800) 735-2922
California Relay Services Phone 800-735-2922
Department Contact Name: Fire Examination Section
Department Contact Phone (323) 838-2239
Department Contact E-mail Fire-FSA@fire.lacounty.gov
Department FAX (323) 869-0312
How to Apply: The full job description and application can be found HERE.