Firefighter: Philadelphia Pennsylvania Deadline: September 2, 2016

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Firefighter

Deadline: September 2, 2016

Salary: $49,477 – $68,717 Per Year

Job Description:

This is fire fighting and rescue work, controlling and extinguishing fires using a variety of specialized equipment and techniques, evacuating persons from areas of danger, and performing emergency treatment. Work includes inspecting multi-occupancy and commercial buildings for fire hazards and violations of the Fire Code, and instructing the public on the principles of fire prevention. Work is performed under the general supervision of a fire officer. Assignments are stable in nature and are carried out in accordance with standard departmental practices and general work instructions. Employees work together in fire companies or rescue squads performing general fire fighting and rescue duties in assigned geographic areas of the city. The dangers inherent in the work represent conditions which can be only partially controlled through preventive measures. Work requires moderate physical effort when using hoseline, ladders and tools, and when performing rescues.

Minimum Requirements

Minimum Training, Education & Experience

The following statement represents the minimum training and experience standards which will be used to admit or reject applicants for tests.

Anticipated Eligibility- Candidates must meet these requirements by December 31, 2016.

1. EDUCATION:

Education equivalent to completion of the twelfth school grade.

AND

2. ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENT FOR CANDIDATES CLAIMING BILINGUAL FLUENCY FOR THE BILINGUAL SPECIALTY ONLY

Sufficient training and/or experience to be able to converse, understand, and speak fluently and clearly in English and the designated non-English language.

Physical & Medical Requirements

Ability to physically perform the duties and to work in the environmental conditions required of a position in this class.

Required Licenses & Certifications

Possession of a valid proper class motor vehicle operator’s license as issued by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania prior to appointment and during tenure of employment as a Firefighter.

Possession of State Certification as an emergency medical technician by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania upon completion of training and during tenure of employment as a Firefighter.

Other Requirements

TRANSCRIPT REQUIREMENTS

Candidates MUST submit a copy of their official college or university transcript(s) indicating completion of the educational requirement at the time of application. Transcripts MUST indicate conference of the appropriate degree. Candidates with a degree from foreign colleges or universities must submit proof of degree as certified by a professional evaluation service.

If you have ever submitted a paper transcript for any City of Philadelphia civil service examination, you have to submit another transcript

Option 1 – Upload a paperless transcript – One time only!

You may upload transcripts into your account, and attach a transcript with this application. Once the transcript is uploaded to your account, it may be attached to all future applications. You will not have to submit another transcript when you submit applications in the future. Attaching your transcript will save you time and money if you apply for an examination in the future, and you will be assured that your transcript cannot be misplaced.

Your transcript should be uploaded and attached to your application before it is submitted. It cannot be uploaded or added to your application electronically after your application has been submitted.

Option 2 – Submit a paper transcript – Separate transcript required for each application

If you submit a paper copy of a transcript, the transcript will be used for this application only. You will have to submit transcripts again whenever you apply for an examination in the future. Paper transcripts will not be retained and will not be returned to applicants.

Mailing address for paper transcript and other required materials (DD-214, licenses, certifications, etc.):

City of Philadelphia

Office of Human Resources

1401 J.F. Kennedy Boulevard

Municipal Services Building, Room 1530

Philadelphia, PA 19102

Attention: Irene Tankelewicz

LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS AND CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

Candidates MUST submit a copy of their license, registration or certification.

Option 1 – Upload a paperless certification – One time only!

You may upload licenses, registrations or certifications into your account, and attach the license, registration or certification with this application. Once uploaded to your account, it may be attached to all future applications. You will not have to submit another license, registration or certification when you submit applications in the future. Attaching your license, registration or certification will save you time and money if you apply for an examination in the future, and you will be assured that your license, registration or certification cannot be misplaced.

Your license, registration or certification should be uploaded and attached to your application before it is submitted. It cannot be uploaded or added to your application electronically after your application has been submitted.

Option 2 – Submit a paper license, registration or certification –

If you submit a paper copy of the license, registration or certification, it will be used for this application only. You will have to submit the license, registration or certification again whenever you apply for an examination in the future. Paper licenses, registrations or certifications will not be retained and will not be returned to applicants.

Mailing address for certifications:

City of Philadelphia

Office of Human Resources

1401 J.F. Kennedy Boulevard, Room 1530

Philadelphia, PA 19102

Attention: Irene Tankelewicz

 

Application Procedures

The City of Philadelphia is an Equal Opportunity employer and does not permit discrimination based on race, ethnicity, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, marital status, source of income, familial status, genetic information or domestic or sexual violence victim status. If you believe you were discriminated against, call the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations at 215-686-4670 or send an email to faqpchr@phila.gov. For more information, go to: www.phila.gov/humanrelations

The City of Philadelphia is committed to ensuring access to Civil Service examinations by providing appropriate accommodations for candidates with documented medical or religious reasons. Candidates may request an accommodation for a Civil Service examination by contacting the Equal Employment Opportunity / Affirmative Action Unit of the Office of Human Resources at 215-686-2353 or 215-686-2379. The accommodation process is interactive and requires cooperation and communication between the applicant requesting a test accommodation and the EEO Unit. Decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis using the required documentation that is submitted. Requests are to be made in a timely manner prior to the scheduled date of the Civil Service examination.

As a condition of employment with the City, any person offered employment shall be required to certify that such person either is fully current on any and all debts, taxes, fees, judgments, claims, and other accounts and obligations due and owing to the City; or has voluntarily entered into a payment agreement with the City. For so long as the person is employed by the City, the amount of the payment as set forth in the payment agreement (not to exceed, for any pay period, twenty percent (20%) of the person’s gross pay for such period, without the person’s consent) shall be withheld from each paycheck until such payment agreement is fully satisfied.

Such person shall also be required to certify as a condition of employment that he or she is fully current on any and all debts, taxes, fees, judgments, claims, and other accounts and obligations due and owing to the Philadelphia Gas Works (PGW) or has voluntarily entered into a payment agreement with PGW.

Failure to enter into a payment agreement shall result in the cancellation of the appointment and removal from the certification. The name of the eligible candidate will be returned to the eligible list.

Only an on-line application will be accepted for this exam. Paper applications will not be accepted.

Computers are available in the 3-1-1 Walk-In Center located in Room 167 of City Hall (Weekdays from 9 AM to 5 PM) and at your local Philadelphia Free Library branch.

For inquiries regarding City employment, contact the Office of Human Resources Monday through Friday between 8 AM and 4 PM by telephone at 215-686-0881/ 0883 / 0885 or by email at hrhelpdesk@phila.gov

ALL Applications must be received by the end of business on September 2, 2016.

Your application will be rejected and you will be disqualified from competing in this examination if you:

1) Do not provide your complete and accurate social security number.

2) Attempt to practice fraud or deception in the preparation of this application

All correspondence and notifications will be sent to your e-mail address or postal address listed in the contact information (address, phone #, e-mail) of your account profile. Your contact information will be automatically updated each time you submit an application for employment. It is your responsibility to change your contact information and to ensure that it is correct

If you provide an e-mail address, all correspondence regarding this examination will be sent to you by e-mail. You should add Phila.OHR@phila.gov to your address book or list of trusted contacts to prevent notices from being marked as spam by your e-mail provider.

Please call the Office of Human Resources at 215-686-0880 or email hrhelpdesk@phila.gov if you have any questions.

Information concerning employment with the City of Philadelphia may be found at:

www.phila.gov/personnel

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Notes to Applicants

ELIGIBLE LIST

OPEN-COMPETITIVE.

Only an open competitive eligible list will be established as a result of this examination. Permanent City employees will receive no promotional preference in this examination.

Candidates who pass the exam and are placed on the civil service list will be retained on the list for a minimum of one year and a maximum of two years after the establishment of the Eligible List.

RESIDENCY REQUIREMENT:

Philadelphia residency is not required at the time of application. Once hired, employees have six months to move into the City of Philadelphia.

PREFERENCE FOR PHILADELPHIA RESIDENTS:

Candidates who have maintained a bona fide residence in Philadelphia for at least one year prior to the date of the civil service examination shall have priority over all other persons receiving an identical test score.

To receive such preference, candidates must respond to the question regarding residence when they appear to take the examination and to the supplemental question regarding residence later in this form.

If candidates are required to appear to compete in an examination, the response on that day will be used to determine eligibility for preference for residents.

If the examination is a training and experience evaluation, the response on this application will be used to determine eligibility for preference for residents.

If an applicant does not respond to the appropriate residence question, it will be assumed that the applicant does not qualify for residence preference. Eligibility for residence preference must be determined by the date of the test administration. No requests for residence preference will be granted after the test administration.

U.S. VETERAN’S PREFERENCE

Ten points for veteran’s preference will be added to the scores of eligible veterans who apply for open competitive tests and pass the examination. You must be honorably discharged from the U.S. armed forces. Attach a DD214, member 4, to your application if you wish your eligibility to be reviewed. Spouses of disabled or deceased veterans may also be considered.

LEGACY PREFERENCE

The children or grandchildren of Philadelphia Firefighters or Police Officers who were killed or died in the line of duty shall be accorded a preference in open competitive civil service entrance examinations. Candidates who qualify for this preference and who take and pass open competitive civil service examinations shall have ten points added to their final score. The candidate must successfully pass all parts of the examination before points are awarded.

NATIONAL VOLUNTEER SERVICE PREFERENCE:

Up to 5 additional points will be added to the examination score of any candidate who has passed the open competitive examination and who has:

A. Successfully completed a term of volunteer service with Peace Corps, AmeriCorps NCCC (including FEMA Corps), or AmeriCorps VISTA

Such candidates will be awarded five (5) points for the completion of one term of service with Peace Corps, AmeriCorps NCCC, or AmeriCorps VISTA.

B. Successfully completed at least 450 hours of service with AmeriCorps State and National (including Teach For America).

Such candidates will have:

• 1 point added to their final score if they have completed 450 Hours of the above service.

• 2 points added to their final score if they have completed 675 Hours of the above service.

• 3 points added to their final score if they have completed 900 Hours of the above service.

• 5 points added to their final score if they have completed 1700 Hours of the above service.

The candidate must successfully pass all parts of the examination before points are awarded.

Additional Credits for Firefighter Examination

1.Any employee currently allocated to the class of Fire Service Paramedic with five (5) or more years of service as a Fire Service Paramedic with the City of Philadelphia who takes and passes the open competitive examination for the class of Firefighter shall have an additional ten (10) points added to his or her examination score.

2. Any employee currently allocated to the class of Emergency Medical Technician with five (5) or more years of service as a Emergency Medical Technician with the City of Philadelphia who takes and passes the open competitive examination for the class of Firefighter shall have an additional ten (10) points added to his or her examination score.

3. Additional points will be added to the examination score of any candidate who passed the open competitive examination and who has successfully completed:

● The Philadelphia Fire Department’s Fire Explorer Cadet Program;

● A Philadelphia High School Fire & EMS Training curriculum;

● An Associate’s Degree in Fire Science from an accredited college or university

Such candidates will be awarded:

●Three (3) points for the successful completion of the Philadelphia Fire Department’s Fire Explorer Cadet program that has included a minimum of 160 hours of training offered by the Philadelphia Fire Department, a minimum of 100 additional hours of community service, and has passed 80% of quizzes and examinations throughout a single training period and/or

●Three (3) points for successful completion of a Philadelphia High School Fire & Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Training curriculum and/or

● Three (3) points for the successful completion of an Associate’s Degree in Fire Science from an accredited college or university.

No more than six (6) additional points may be awarded under this regulation.

Candidates must possess and must submit documentation of the above programs no later than November 19, 2016.

Requests for additional points submitted after November 19, 2016 will not be approved.

Candidates for Bilingual Specialty

When a single examination is announced to fill positions both in the bilingual specialty of a class and in another specialty of the same class, all candidates must take and pass all weighted parts of the same examination. All candidates who pass the weighted parts of the examination will be placed on the combined eligible list and will be eligible to fill positions in the specialty that does not require fluency in a Non-English language or in American Sign Language.

Candidates who applied for the bilingual specialty who have passed all weighted parts of the examination will be required to pass a qualifying examination as verification of their ability to communicate fluently in a Non-English language or in American Sign Language. Candidates who pass the qualifying examination will be identified on the eligible list as bilingual – fluency verified in a specified language or languages. Such candidates will be eligible to fill positions for the bilingual specialty.

Candidates who fail the bilingual qualifying examination will not be eligible to fill positions in the bilingual specialty, but will remain on the eligible list and will be eligible to fill positions in the specialty that does not require fluency in a Non-English language or in American Sign Language.

ADDITIONAL CREDITS ON EXAMINATIONS

Candidates who have successfully passed all other parts of the open competitive examination for this class who have verified ability to communicate fluently in any non-English language or in American Sign Language will have 3 points added to their final score

Only those competitors who have a passing grade in an examination shall receive additional credits to which they may be entitled. A maximum of three points may be awarded for each examination.

To receive the additional points, the candidate must respond affirmatively that he or she is fluent in a Non-English language or in American Sign Language while preparing the application for each examination or submit a written request for the additional points for each examination at any time prior to the administration of the first part of the examination.

The Office of Human Resources will verify the candidates’ ability to communicate fluently in the non-English language or languages or in American Sign Language).

MILITARY LEAVE:

Any candidate, who intends to make a request to take the test on a date other than the scheduled test date because of military duty on that date, must file a written request and attach proof of military duties (i.e. official orders) with the City of Philadelphia Office of Human Resources, Room 1540, 1401 JFK Blvd.

About the Firefighter Examination

Fire & Police Selection, Inc. (FPSI), a consulting firm with over 20 years of experience, has contracted with the City’s Office of Human Resources, through the RFP process, to develop, analyze and score a valid job-related civil service examination for the entry-level position of Firefighter.

The written examination will consist of two testing components – The Test Preparation Manual (TPM, 10th Edition) Test and the Work Styles Inventory (WSI).

The Test Preparation Manual (TPM, 10th Edition) Test

The TPM portion of the test is designed to measure the ability to read, retain, recall, and comprehend written material. Previous fire experience/knowledge is not required to answer the questions in the test. Every item on the TPM Test section comes directly from the related TPM study guide. The study guide consists of five chapters on fire-related content. It is recommended that candidates read the 102-page study guide for four-to-six weeks prior to the examination date. Please do not study any other editions of the TPM in preparation for this exam.

The Work Styles Inventory (WSI)

The WSI portion of the exam is designed to measure important human relations skills that are necessary for successful job performance. There is no study material for this portion of the test.

Preparation for the Firefighter Examination:

TPM Study Guide and Practice Test

Candidates will be able to download a copy of the TPM study guide from the City of Philadelphia Office of Human Resource’s website (www.phila.gov/personnel) 4-6 weeks before the exam.

Hard copy study guides will also be available at all Philadelphia Free Library branch locations and other locations for candidates who do not have access to a computer or a printer. Candidates will not be permitted to take the study guides away from the library or other facilities. (A list of locations will be provided at least 4-6 weeks before the exam).

Candidates are strongly encouraged to begin reading and memorizing the content in the study guide as early as possible. Studies show that candidates who begin studying well in advance of the examination date perform better on the TPM Test compared to those candidates who wait until the last week to prepare for the test.

A TPM practice test will also be available on the City of Philadelphia Office of Human Resource’s website (www.phila.gov/personnel) for download. The practice test is a diagnostic tool, i.e., it can provide guidance to candidates on those chapters that should be given further study. In FPSI’s TPM Practice Tests, you will find ten carefully selected items from each of the chapters in the Test Preparation Manual. None of the items in the practice test are included in the actual TPM test.

Candidates will be notified when the TPM Study Guide and practice test is available for download.

NOTE: Candidates should not purchase the practice test or the study guide from FPSI. The practice test and the study guide will be available for download AT NO COST to all approved applicants 4-6 weeks before the exam date on the Office of Human Resources website. FPSI will not provide a refund to any applicant who purchases the practice test from FPSI.

Pre-Examination Training Session

The Office of Human Resources will also offer a “mini-academy” approximately 3-4 weeks prior to the examination date for those candidates who are interested in attending a training session on preparing for the TPM Test. During this orientation, candidates will be provided with effective study skills and will have an opportunity to ask questions about the TPM content.

Projected Exam Date

This examination will be tentatively scheduled for November 19, 2016. Please note that this examination date is subject to change.

A Published List of Candidates and/or an Eligible List is planned for the week of February 27, 2017. Please note that this date may change.

An Eligible List may be established simultaneously with the Published List of Candidates (when an immediate need to hire exists) or upon first certification request by the hiring authority.

Test Review

For the Written Exam

In accordance with Civil Service Regulation 9.091D, candidates may review their answer sheets and other test papers to determine if they have been scored correctly or if there has been an irregularity in the administration of the examination. Candidates will have 30 days after the results have been mailed to review their test. Call 215 686-0880 if you wish to schedule a test review.

For The Qualifying Part of the Examination

In accordance with Civil Service Regulation 9.091D, candidates may review their answer sheets and other test papers to determine if they have been scored correctly or if there has been an irregularity in the administration of the examination. Candidates will have 30 days after the results have been mailed to review their test and to file a written appeal. Call 215 686-0880 if you wish to schedule a test review.

How to Apply: The full job description and application can be found HERE.

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