Deadline: February 2, 2016
Job Description: ALL APPLICATIONS MUST BE FILED WITH THE ONONDAGA COUNTY PERSONNEL DEPARTMENT AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER
$25.00 Non-Refundable Application Fee You are, therefore, urged to carefully compare your qualifications with the requirements for admission and file only for those examinations for which you are clearly qualified. Payable by check or money order to: â€œChief Fiscal Officer,â€ or by VISA, MC or Discover. Cash will be accepted only if paying in person.
SALARY AND VACANCIES: Changing conditions may make it necessary to certify vacancies at higher or lower salaries than those announced.
The title currently exists in the following department:
City of Syracuse Fire Department – $39,296-$58,515
This title exists in the following jurisdictions; salaries vary
- Dewitt Fire District
- Village of Fayetteville
- Village of Manlius
The resulting open competitive eligible list will be used to fill vacancies in any jurisdiction where the title exists.
DUTIES: This is professional firefighting work of a hazardous nature. Under supervision, an employee in this class is responsible for the prevention, control and extinguishing of fires. Does related work as required.
RESIDENCE REQUIREMENT FOR EXAMINATION: At time of application candidates must be legal residents of Onondaga County.
RESIDENCE PREFERENCE FOR APPOINTMENT: Successful candidates who, at time of certification, are legal residents of the hiring department’s municipality may be given preference in appointment
On The Date Of Examination, Candidates Must Meet The Following Requirements:
AGE: Candidates must be eighteen (18) years of age.
On The Date Of Appointment, Candidates Must Meet The Following Requirements:
EDUCATION: Candidates must be high school graduates or holders of high school equivalency diplomas issued by an education department of any of the states of the United States, or holders of comparable diplomas issued by any commonwealth, territory or possession of the United States or by the Canal Zone, or holders of reports from the United States armed forces certifying successful completion of the tests related to general education development, high school level.
CITIZENSHIP: Candidates must be citizens of the United States.
LICENSE: When required to operate a motor vehicle, possession of a valid New York State NON-CDL or CDL, including any special endorsements, as required for the type of vehicle being operated.
SUBJECT OF EXAMINATION: There will be a written test, which you must pass in order to be considered for appointment. The written test will be designed to test for knowledge, skills and/or abilities in the following areas:
- Advising and interacting with others
These questions test for the ability to interact with other people, to gather and present information, and to provide assistance and advice in a courteous and professional manner.
- Using logical reasoning to draw valid conclusions
These questions test for the ability to examine true statements and logically evaluate conclusions based on the information in the statements.
- Mechanical reasoning
These questions will be accompanied by drawings or descriptions of various mechanical devices, such as gears, pulleys, levers, hand tools, and gauges. You will be required to demonstrate an understanding of how the devices work and the underlying mechanical principles involved. These devices are not limited to use in the fire service.
- Understanding and interpreting written material pertaining to fire
The questions in this subtest test how well the candidate comprehends written material. The candidate is provided with brief reading selections, followed by a set of alternative statements relating to each selection. The candidate is to indicate the most appropriate statement relating to the selection on the basis of whether it:
- accurately paraphrases portions of the selection; or
- adequately summarizes the selection; or
- presents an inference that can reasonably be drawn from the selection.
The reading selections are drawn from a variety of sources related to the fire-fighting field. Knowledge of the subject matter of the reading selection is generally not related to successfully answering the questions.
TEST GUIDE: A Guide for the Written Test for Firefighter is available at the New York State website: www.cs.ny.gov/testing/localtestguides.cfm Candidates not having access to a computer or the internet may request copy of the test guide from the municipal civil service office conducting this examination using the contact information found elsewhere on this announcement.
CALCULATORS: Unless otherwise notified, candidates are PERMITTED to use quiet, hand-held, and solar or battery powered calculators. Devices with typewriter keyboards, `Spell Checkers,’ `Personal Digital Assistants,’ `Address Books,’ `Language Translators,’ `Dictionaries,’ or any similar devices are prohibited. You may not bring books or other reference materials. You may not bring cellular phones, beepers, pagers, or headphones.
APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: Applications and credit card payment forms may be obtained in person from the Onondaga County Department of Personnel, by mail (include a self-addressed, stamped envelope) or downloaded at www.ongov.net/employment/document_center
APPLICATION FEE: Although a separate application is required for each examination number, candidates applying for more than one examination may pay all fees with a single check/money order or credit card form. You may pay by check, money order or by VISA, MasterCard, or Discover, payable to â€œChief Fiscal Officerâ€. Cash will be accepted only if paying in person. Payment must accompany your application(s) (indicate examination number(s) on your check or money order). We do not accept applications by fax.
APPLICATION FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE. You are, therefore, urged to carefully compare your qualifications with the requirements for admission and file only for those examinations for which you are clearly qualified. If proofs (i.e. copy of license, certification, or transcript) are required, be sure that they accompany your application. If you want â€œProof That You Submitted Your Application and/or Examination Feeâ€, ask for a receipt or, if mailing your application, enclose a stamped, self-addressed envelope and request a receipt.
NOTE: A bounced check fee will be charged to you for any checks returned. Unless such fees are paid in full, you will not be permitted to participate in any examination(s) or be considered for appointment from resultant eligible lists. In addition, any subsequent application fees will not be refunded unless all such fees are paid in full.
FEE WAIVER: A waiver of application fee will be allowed if you are unemployed and primarily responsible for support of a household. In addition, a waiver of application fee will be allowed if you are determined eligible for Medicaid, or receiving Supplemental Security Income payments (SSI); or Public Assistance (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families/Family Assistance of Safety Net Assistance); or are receiving Foster Care or are certified Workforce Investment Act eligible through a State or local service agency. A waiver of application fee will also be allowed if you are an Onondaga County resident and have honorably served or are now honorably serving in the Armed Forces, National Guard or Reserves (attach DD214, NGB-22, or current DD2-Military ID card or a Statement of Honorable Service from Unit to completed â€œApplication Fee Waiver Request and Certificationâ€ form). All claims for application fee waiver are subject to verification. If you can verify eligibility for application fee waiver, complete an â€œApplication Fee Waiver Request and Certificationâ€ form and submit it with your application by the close of business at 4:30pm on the last file date as listed on the Examination Announcement.
The â€œApplication Fee Waiver Request and Certificationâ€ form can be found in our office lobby or on our website in the Document Center.
ADDITIONAL CREDIT TO CHILDREN OF FIREFIGHTERS AND POLICE OFFICERS KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY:
In conformance with section 85-a of the Civil Service Law, children of firefighters and police officers killed in the line of duty shall be entitled to receive an additional ten points in a competitive examination for original appointment in the same municipality in which his or her parent has served. If you are qualified to participate in this examination and are a child of a firefighter or police officer killed in the line of duty in this municipality, please inform this office of this matter when you submit your application for examination. A candidate claiming such credit has a minimum of two months from the application deadline date to provide the necessary documentation to verify additional credit eligibility. However, no credit may be added after the eligible list has been established.
VETERAN CREDITS: War veterans applying for additional credit must submit a copy of their DD-214 (discharge papers) with their application for examination or by one month following the date of examination. Veteranâ€™s Credit Instructions and Application Forms are available in person from the Onondaga County Department of Personnel, by mail (include a self addressed stamped envelope) or online at www.ongov.net/employment/document_center. Veteranâ€™s credit can only be added to a passing score on the examination. No credit may be granted after the establishment of the list. Candidates currently in the armed forces may apply for and be conditionally granted veteranâ€™s credit in examinations. Any candidate who applies for conditional credit must provide proof of their military status with their application for examination or by one month following the date of examination. When discharged, it is the responsibility of the candidate to provide appropriate documentary proof, indicating that service was in time of war, as defined in Section 85 of the Civil Service Law, and that the candidate received an honorable discharge or was released under honorable conditions in order to be certified at a score including the veteranâ€™s credit.
APPLICATION DEADLINE POLICY: All applications along with application fees or proofs of waiver must be submitted to the Onondaga County Department of Personnel before the close of business at 4:30 p.m. on the date of last file as listed on the Examination announcement. Applications received via U.S. Mail will be accepted only if postmarked on or before the Application Deadline. Applications that are received through inter-office mail after the Application Deadline or that are submitted to any other department, office or agency and are not received in the Department of Personnel by the Application Deadline will not be accepted.
MILITARY APPLICANTS: In accordance with Section 243 of Military Law, military personnel serving on active duty in the armed forces of the United States during the filing period may be permitted to file an application for the examination after the application deadline date, but prior to the scheduled date of the examination. Contact the Onondaga County Personnel Department at (315)435-3537 for further information.
EXAM NOTICE: Candidates found eligible will be notified when and where to appear for examination. If you have not received notice of the examination location three (3) days prior to the examination, contact the Examination Unit at 435-3537. If an application is disapproved, due notice will be sent. Reasons for disapproval may be discussed with the reviewer.
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EXAM ACCOMMODATIONS: If you desire accommodation at the exam site due to disability, please indicate the disability and desired conditions necessary to accommodate your disability on the application or on a paper attached firmly to your application.
RELIGIOUS ACCOMMODATION: Applicants whose religious beliefs prevent them from taking examinations on the scheduled date should indicate the need for special arrangements on their application.
EXAM RATING: When the written examination is prepared and rated by the New York State Department of Civil Service in accordance with Section 23-2 of the Civil Service Law, the provision of the New York State Civil Service Rules and Regulations will apply.
ELIGIBLE LIST: Eligible lists are established, on average, within three months after the examination date. In accordance with the New York State Civil Service Law, an eligible list must remain in existence for one year from the date of its establishment or until there are no candidates left who are willing to accept appointment, whichever occurs first. The Personnel Commissioner may extend the list beyond one year to a maximum of four years. Agencies are required to hire from the eligible list according to the rule of three (see our FAQ document for examples of the Rule of Three). All candidates at the highest score are immediately eligible for consideration for appointment. Candidates at lower scores can only be considered when there are fewer than 3 candidates at the highest score.
When the eligible list is established you will be able to view the current eligible list and your status on-line by going to our website at Civil Service Exam Test Results www.ongov.net/employment/ranking.
CANDIDATE FITNESS: Inquires may be made as to character and ability of all candidates. All statements made by candidates are subject to verification. Falsification of any part of the â€œApplication for Employmentâ€ may result in disqualification and possible legal action.
MULTIPLE EXAMINATIONS SCHEDULED FOR THE SAME DAY: If you have applied to take a written test announced by either one or several local jurisdictions (county, town, city) scheduled to be held on the same test date as this written test, you must notify each of the local jurisdictions no later than two weeks before the test date, so they can make arrangements for taking all tests at one test site. All examinations for positions in State government will be held at a State examination center.
Onondaga County Cross Filer Notification Forms are available in our office or online at www.ongov.net/Employment/document_center. Send completed form to Onondaga County Dept. of Personnel, 421 Montgomery St 13th Fl, Syracuse NY 13202 OR FAX 315-435-8272 OR call 315-435-3537.
CHANGE OF ADDRESS: It is the responsibility of the candidate to notify the Onondaga County Personnel Department in writing of any change in address. No attempt will be made by this department to locate candidates who have moved. Address change forms are available in the Personnel Department during normal office hours or online at www.ongov.net/employment/document_center
MILITARY MAKE-UP EXAMINATION: Any member of the armed forces of the United States who has filed an application to compete in a scheduled competitive examination but is deprived of the opportunity to compete in the examination due to ACTIVE MILITARY DUTY can be provided with a special military make-up examination upon written request to the Onondaga County Personnel Department. The applicant must submit a copy of military orders, DD214, or other official military document that substantiates active military service at the time of the examination. Request must be no later than sixty (60) days after release from active duty.
IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION ACT OF 1985, candidates for appointment to Onondaga County government positions which involve regular and substantial contact with children will be required to complete a State Central Register of Child Abuse and Maltreatment clearance form. Failure to complete this form may result in decertification of your name from this eligible list for appointments in Onondaga County.
PRE-EMPLOYMENT DRUG TESTING: Candidates for appointment or promotion to Onondaga County government positions that are designated as safety sensitive are required to undergo pre-employment drug testing for alcohol and drugs after a conditional offer of employment has been extended and prior to any applicantâ€™s performance of a safety-sensitive function.
BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION: Applicants may be required to undergo a State and national criminal history background investigation, which will include a fingerprint check, to determine suitability for appointment. Failure to meet the standards for the background investigation may result in disqualification.
SPECIAL NECESSARY REQUIREMENT: Candidates for appointment or promotion to positions in Onondaga County government which require the operation of motor vehicles must, at the time of appointment, possess an appropriate NY State driverâ€™s license and a dependable personal vehicle or must have reasonable access to private/public transportation.
How to Apply: The full job description and application can be found HERE.