Deadline: August 20, 2018
Salary: $53,592.10 Annually
APPROVED C.S.C. MINUTES 7/13/18 lm ANNOUNCEMENT NUMBER CS2018-067
Public notice is hereby given, by the Civil Service Commission of Cleveland, Ohio, of an open competitive examination for the above classification.
Application must be made electronically through the City of Cleveland’s web site:
No other form or method of application will be accepted. Absolutely no paper applications will be accepted.
THE ELECTRONIC APPLICATION PERIOD IS FROM 12:01 A.M. ON FRIDAY, JULY 20, 2018 UNTIL 11:59 PM. ON MONDAY, AUGUST 20, 2018. NOTE: APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED AFTER 11:59 PM ON MONDAY, AUGUST 20, 2018.
THE CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION’S POLICY IS THAT NO LATE FILING WILL BE ALLOWED.
NOTE: ONCE YOU SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION, FURTHER CHANGES TO THAT APPLICATION WILL NOT BE PERMITTED.
All correspondence, notifications, and certifications will be via email. Certain notices an applicant may receive will have specific deadlines for a required email response. Applicants should monitor their email accounts closely, and promptly respond to all notifications.
All additional attachments and any updates of email or your online profile must be made at:
Please be certain to type “Firefighter” in the Subject line of that email.
IMPORTANT NOTE: At the time of submitting an application, copies of the following items are REQUIRED to be uploaded as attachments to that application:
- Proof of Education (as described below);
- Driver’s License or Government Issued ID;
- Proof of Residency (as described below), which is only required if the applicant is seeking residency credit for the examination; and
- DD-214 or other materials to prove veteran’s status (as described below), which is only required if the applicant is seeking veteran’s preference points.
*These items should be uploaded under the “Attachments” tab in your application. They should be either PDF or JPEG files.
NOTE: YOU ARE NOT APPLYING FOR AN IMMEDIATE JOB OPENING. YOU ARE APPLYING TO TAKE AN EXAMINATION WHICH WILL BE USED TO CREATE AN ELIGIBLE LIST FOR THIS JOB CLASSIFICATION. THAT LIST WILL BE USED FOR FUTURE HIRES IN THIS JOB CLASSIFICATION.
There is no filing fee, however applicants will be required to pay a $25 testing fee to the test administrator at the time they schedule their test date. Any applicant who can provide proof of unemployment, public assistance, or indigence is exempt from the testing fee. A copy of such proof must be included with the application at the time of filing.
The starting salary while in the Fire Training Academy is $15.00 per hour. Upon successful completion of the Academy, the salary for Firefighter is $53,592.10 per year.
TYPE: ELECTRONIC EXAMINATION
The examination will be administered electronically by National Testing Network (NTN). After an applicant’s application has been reviewed and approved, they will be directed to NTN’s website to schedule their examination and pay the exam fee. NTN has testing centers available in Cleveland and many other locations nationally for candidates’ convenience. Applicants will be responsible for scheduling and taking their examination during the testing period which will run from Friday, August 3, 2018 to Sunday, September 2, 2018.
Candidates who register for the examination will be provided information which will allow them to take a practice examination. That practice examination was developed by NTN, and will be provided to City of Cleveland candidates at no additional cost.
Additional credit or preference points may be available to candidates who satisfy the information and criteria listed near the end of this Bulletin. Eligibility to receive those points is based on satisfying all requirements AT THE TIME OF APPLICATION.
Physical Abilities Examination
Physical abilities testing will occur after the eligible list is established from the electronic testing process. This test is pass/fail and designed to evaluate physical ability to perform the duties of a Firefighter. Applicants invited to complete the physical capability test will be notified of their scheduled date, time, and location to take the test via email when being considered for an academy class. The physical skills test contains events which reflect physical activities actually encountered on the job by Cleveland Firefighters. Additional information regarding the test requirement will be provided to candidates after they have applied for the examination.
Applicants who receive a passing grade on the written examination score, pass the physical abilities examination, rank high enough on the eligible list for Firefighter, and receive Civil Service Certification will be subject to the following examinations:
Drug Screening: Each applicant shall undergo an examination for drug usage. This examination may be in the form of urinalysis. Any applicant whose results from the drug screening examination are determined to be positive shall be removed from the eligibility list unless such results can be satisfactorily related to the advice of a recognized medical practitioner. Drug screening may also be conducted after appointment to the academy.
Background Investigation: Background investigation and evaluation may include interviews with present and previous employers. Neighbors and family may be contacted as part of the investigation. In addition, a check of Local and State Police and FBI records, both adult and juvenile, and Bureau of Motor Vehicle records will be made. The background test also includes review of sealed and expunged records and military service if applicable. Unsatisfactory findings in one or more of these areas may be cause for removal from the Civil Service eligibility list. Conviction of a felony is absolute grounds for removal from the list. Any applicant convicted of a felony will be removed from the eligible list and will receive no further consideration. There are also misdemeanor convictions that would result in the removal of an applicant from the eligibility list.
Psychological Evaluation: A psychological evaluation to determine the applicant’s emotional suitability to perform all aspects of the job will be conducted. Each applicant may be required to take several written examinations. These, along with the results of the background investigation, will be submitted to one or more psychologist(s)/psychiatrist(s) who will interview the candidates. All records of the psychological and background examinations will be made available to the Civil Service Commission. The Commission will review such records and make the final determination of each applicant’s suitability for removal from the eligible list.
Medical Examination: Any appointment to the position of Firefighter will be conditioned upon passing a pre-employment medical examination conducted in accordance with the provisions of Title I of the Federal American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA). A copy of the ADA may be obtained online. The standards for the medical examination may be obtained from the Division of Fire.Examples of Duties
The job of Firefighter requires the successful completion of responsibilities in the following task categories; driving fire vehicles, searching a fire area for victims, completing rescue operations, applying force to enter structures and vehicles, operating pumps, activating fire hydrants, operating aerial ladders, deploying ground ladders, providing emergency medical treatment, handling hose lines, advancing charged hose lines and extinguishers, cutting holes in roofs, doors and walls, ventilating fire areas, illuminating fire scenes, transporting victims on stretcher, extracting victims from vehicles and structures, salvaging property, maintaining equipment, completing housekeeping chores at the fire station, planning strategies for fighting fires, and conducting fire inspections. Performs other job-related duties as required. Follows all operations and safety policies and safe work practices. Attends and participates in operations and safety training classes and demonstrates competence (demonstration of competence may be determined by exam.) Wears and properly utilizes safety equipment in accordance with Divisional policy at all times.
AGE: Applicant must be a minimum of 18 years of age and no older than 39 years of age AT THE TIME OF APPOINTMENT TO THE CITY OF CLEVELAND FIRE TRAINING ACADEMY.
EDUCATION: Applicants must indicate in their application, and present proof at the time of filing, that they have received a High School Diploma* from an accredited educational institution or have satisfactorily completed the General Education Development Test (GED). One of the following must be presented at the time of filing:
- High School Diploma
- Letter on official stationery from High School or Board of Education stating that the applicant did graduate.
- DD-214 (Separation from Active Duty) which indicates the individual graduated from High School or passed the General Education Development Test.
*If the applicant graduated from, for example, a Charter School was home schooled, or graduated from a school outside of Ohio applicant MUST be able to document that the requirements of the state in which the diploma/GED was issued were met.
APPLICANTS WHO CANNOT PRESENT PROOF OF IDENTITY, AGE, AND EDUCATION WILL BE REJECTED. THE CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION RESERVES THE RIGHT TO VERIFY THE AFOREMENTIONED DOCUMENTS AND TO WITHHOLD THE ACCEPTANCE OR REJECTION OF APPLICATION UNTIL SUCH VERIFICATION CAN BE OBTAINED.
DRIVER’S LICENSE: Applicant must have a valid State of Ohio Driver’s License PRIOR to appointment to the Fire Academy.
CITIZENSHIP: Applicant must be a citizen of the United States PRIOR to appointment to the Fire Academy.
WORK HOURS: Firefighters must be available to work any shift on any day of the week.Supplemental Information
The life of the eligibility list from this examination will not exceed one year from the date the list is established.
In accordance with the Charter and Ordinances of the City of Cleveland: A person who has had as his/her primary residence in the City of Cleveland for at least one year at the time of filing a Civil Service application, and desires to take an entry-level Civil Service examination, shall, if a passing grade on the written examination is attained, have ten (10) points added to his/her passing score.
IF YOU HAVE LIVED IN THE CITY OF CLEVELAND FOR MORE THAN ONE YEAR YOU ARE ENCOURAGED TO MAKE THE EFFORT TO QUALIFY FOR RESIDENCY POINTS. THOSE POINTS CAN HAVE A DRAMATIC AFFECT ON YOUR RANKING ON THE ELIGIBLE LIST USED FOR HIRING. THERE ARE SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS LISTED BELOW THAT MUST BE FOLLOWED TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR THOSE POINTS.
In order to receive residency credit, applicants must present LEGIBLE COPIES of 4 different proofs of residency from ONE YEAR AGO* and 4 different proofs of residency that are CURRENT** (A total of EIGHT documents) for verification at the time of filing***.
(“Different” means that an applicant can provide (for example) a bank statement from a year ago, and a current statement for the same bank account, but cannot provide multiple statements from the same account for different months to satisfy the 4 proofs requirement.)
Such proofs include, for example:
- Driver’s License (only for the month of issuance)
- Bank Statements
- Utility Bills
- Mortgage or Lease Agreement (only valid for the month it is signed)
- Bills from creditors not listed above
- ANY other Postmarked mail such as magazines with name and mailing label attached, organization newsletters, medical/dental bills, voter registration card, or motor vehicle registration
- Insurance Statement (Home insurance, rental insurance, car insurance or other insurance documents).
WE DO NOT ACCEPT THE FOLLOWING AS PROOFS OF RESIDENCY:
- Pay stubs
- Rental Receipts
- Tax Returns
- W-2 Tax Forms unless sent by US Mail
*** PLEASE NOTE:
- For those persons who were unable to upload their residency proofs at the time of filing, Civil Service will allow ONE DAY (24 hours) from the time of filing to submit the 8 different proofs of residency to email@example.com. THIS TIME LIMIT WILL BE STRICTLY ENFORCED.
- If the candidate has made a good faith reasonable effort to demonstrate Residency by providing 8 proofs and at least 6 of those are acceptable, the Office of the Commission will contact the applicant via email and allow five days for the applicant to provide the additional acceptable proofs via the firstname.lastname@example.org email.
* “ONE YEAR AGO” SHALL BE ONE YEAR PREVIOUS TO DATE OF FILING. For example, if you are filing for the examination in August of 2018 you must present 4 different documents dated June, July, or August of 2017.
** “CURRENT” SHALL BE WITH IN THE LAST THREE MONTHS. For example, if you are filing for the examination in August of 2018 you must present 4 different documents dated June, July, or August of 2018.
PLEASE NOTE: This is the acceptable timeframe for applying in August 2018 only, used as an example!!! Candidates that file in other months need to submit documents dated FOR BOTH 2017 and 2018 in the month they are filing as well as the two preceding months.
NOTE: IF CREDITORS ARE PAID ONLINE, A COPY OF BILL IS TO BE PRINTED SHOWING THE ADDRESS OF THE APPLICANT. THE BILL MUST HAVE THE DATE VISIBLE.
NOTE: Applicants who are under the age of 25 who do not have sufficient bills or items in their own name may provide one or more proof documents bearing their own name and Cleveland address, and supplement it with the additional required proofs from a spouse or blood relative with whom they reside; provided that such other person also provides a notarized statement that the applicant has resided with them at that address for more than a year prior to the date of application and provides the missing documentation in their own name with their Cleveland address.
NOTE: PURSUANT TO THE CHARTER OF THE CITY OF CLEVELAND AND RULES OF THE CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION AND THE OHIO REVISED CODE: Any applicant that willfully provides any false document, statement, or certification in regard to any test will be terminated from all processing, removed from any eligible list, and may face possible criminal prosecution.
Veterans’ preference will be awarded, when applicable, to eligible veterans in accordance with Civil Service Rules 4.40E and 4.40F. Proof of active service or a DD Form 214, must be presented to the Commission at the time of filing application for the examination in which credit is sought in order to qualify for veterans’ credit. If the applicant has received an honorable discharge or a general discharge under honorable conditions and had active duty service of at least 180 consecutive days, that applicant shall receive an additional five (5) points added to their raw score on the examination.
NOTE: Only DD Form 214 (long form) or an official armed service document indicating type of discharge or separation and the dates of active service will be accepted as proof of active service.
NOTE: Active duty military personnel must provide their most recent Leave and Earnings Statement (LES) or their current military orders as proof of service.
NOTE: Applicants who desire additional Veterans’ Credit (as provided for in Rule 4.40E) due to a service connected disability will be required to have an affidavit stating the applicant’s date of separation from active duty and date of discharge as well as percentage of disability; and shall understand that this affidavit will be subject to verification by the Civil Service Commission. Any false information provided on this affidavit will be considered as a falsification of application and result in the applicant being removed from the eligible list upon discovery of the error (in accordance with Civil Service Rule 5.40).
In accordance with Civil Service Rule 5.11, in an Open examination, should two or more applicants receive the same grade, the order in which their names shall be placed on the eligible list shall be determined by random selection.
The Civil Service Commission hereby waives all applicable rules or portions of its rules which may or may not conflict with the Charter of the City of Cleveland and/or litigation involving this examination. In particular:
Rule 3.43 (The waiver of this Rule will allow the applicants to present their Driver’s Licenses prior to appointment to the Fire Training Academy.) Rule 4.30D (The waiver of this Rule shall mean that a medical examination will not be administered prior to the establishment of the eligible list.)
Rule 4.30F (The waiver of this Rule shall mean that applicants who fail the psychological examination will be automatically scheduled for re-examination to gain a second opinion.)
Rule 4.40B (The waiver of this Rule shall mean that the required passing grade shall be established by the Commission.)
Rule 4.50 (The waiver of this Rule shall mean that there will be no review periods for this examination.)
Rule 6.80 (The waiver of this Rule shall mean that the probationary period for Firefighter shall be fixed at six months, upon completion of the Fire Academy)
The aforementioned Civil Service Rules are hereby waived either in their entirety or in part. The Commission retains the right to waive other Rule requirements as appropriate.
Applicants having questions regarding these waivers should contact the Civil Service Office at (216) 664-2467.
to read what NTN requires from the individual taking one of its tests who is requesting accommodation.
The Secretary to the Civil Service Commission shall have the discretion to extend the electronic testing period for up to fourteen (14) additional days. IF so extended, this announcement will be modified accordingly. Please note that THERE IS NO GUARANTEE THAT THE TESTING PERIOD WILL BE EXTENDED.
How to Apply: The full job description and application can be found HERE.