Firefighter: Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Deadline: May 14, 2018


Deadline: May 14th, 2018

Salary: $40,093 Annually

Job Description:

Provides services such as fire protection, prevention, public education, rescue and suppression within the City to reduce injury and loss of life or property due to man-made or natural causes.

Department:  Public Safety, Bureau of Fire
Salary:  $154.17 per day while in Training Academy.  $40,093 per year, Firefighter First Year.
Union:  Pittsburgh Firefighters Local No. 1
Benefits:  Health and Life Insurance, Dental, Vision, Paid Vacation and Holidays, Pension Plan, Voluntary Deferred Compensation Program, Uniform Allowance, Promotional Opportunities.  (Benefits may be modified based on collective bargaining unit terms.)


General Application Requirements:
You must submit, show proof of, or attest to all of the following at the time of filing your online application (unless otherwise indicated below) or your application may be disqualified.

  • Completed online City of Pittsburgh Application for this position including your online Employment Profile Data. (Education and Work Experience).
  • Completed online City of Pittsburgh Supplemental Form questions for this position.
  • At least 18 years of age at the time of filing application.
  • Applicants are required to be City of Pittsburgh residents at the time of submitting their application and must remain a resident throughout employment.  You must affirm your residency on the online supplemental question as part of the online application AND you must come in person to the Department of Human Resources & Civil Service office to show proof of residency before 4:45 p.m. Monday, May 14, 2018. Applicants who are granted a military deferment pursuant to Civil Service Rule II, Section 3  (CLICK HERE(Download PDF reader) to view the Civil Service Statutes & Rules) must come in person to the Department of Human Resources & Civil Service office to show proof of residency upon their return from deployment before they may take the Civil Service examination(s).
  • A current, valid Pennsylvania Motor Vehicle Operator’s License (Class C) must be presented at the time of filing application or prior to the start of employment processing.  A valid PA driver’s license must be maintained throughout employment.
  • Able to obtain and maintain throughout employment the Department of Public Safety, Fire Bureau-Driver’s Certification of Emergency Apparatus.
  • Able to maintain throughout employment the Pennsylvania Emergency Medical Technician Certificate.
  • Veteran’s Preference documentation, if applicable, must be submitted at time of filing application or no later than your Physical Ability Examination date.  (Review the Veteran’s Preference section on other side of this Announcement for details.)

NOTEThe City of Pittsburgh, as a matter of policy, conducts pre-employment and promotional background investigations on all candidates being considered for positions.  The background investigation includes but is not limited to criminal background, driver’s license and City of Pittsburgh real estate tax payments.  Candidates may be disqualified from consideration for employment based on the results of their background investigation (as it relates to the job for which the applicant is being considered).

NOTE:  The filing deadline is Monday, May 14, 2018.  If you need assistance filing your online application contact the Civil Service Office, 4th floor, City-County building, 414 Grant Street, Pittsburgh, PA  15219 or call 412-255-2710 on or before 4:45 p.m., on the deadline date.

HUMAN RESOURCES & CIVIL SERVICE (see address in above box)

  • BLOOMFIELD-GARFIELD CORPORATION, 5321 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15224
  • THE KINGSLEY ASSOCIATION, 6435 Frankstown Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15206
  • THE HILL HOUSE, 1835 Centre Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA  15219
  • GOODWILL INDUSTRIES CAREER SERVICE CENTER, 118 52nd Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15201
  • GOODWILL OF SWPA FOC, 1601 Brighton Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15212 (2nd Floor)

        Brashear Assoc.  412-390-3588    
        East Side  412-362-8580      
        Career & Workforce Center East  412-241-2811
        Northside Neighborhood Employment Center  412-330-2551
        Oakland – Carnegie Library  412-622-3133    

Criminal History:
Conviction of a felony or serious misdemeanor is disqualifying unless applicant has been pardoned. Other behavior, which is incompatible with the duties and responsibilities of the position of Firefighter, may also be disqualifying.

Veteran’s Preference:
Veterans’ Preference points will be awarded to eligible candidates who achieve a FINAL passing score.  You must present (in person or by mail) your, or your spouse’s (if deceased or disabled), ORIGINAL or COPY of original discharge and separation papers (DD-214).  Your initial service obligation must be completed by the date of the written examination.

If you are unable to locate your discharge and separation papers (Form DD-214), you must complete a “Request Pertaining to Military Records” Form (SF-180) and send it to the appropriate agency.  When received, return a copy of your DD-214 to the Civil Service Office, 4th Floor, City-County Building.  Military or National Guard reservists are eligible for veterans’ preference if they have completed their initial reserve obligation.  Reservists must provide a statement of service letter from their current Reserve or National Guard commanding officer at the rank of Colonel (Army, Air Force, Marine), Captain (Navy or Coast Guard) or higher.  The letter can be taken or mailed to the Human Resources Department Application Counter located on the fourth floor of the City-County Building, 414 Grant Street, Pittsburgh, PA  15219.  The letter must include:

  • A statement that characterizes your current service (i.e., honorable or under honorable conditions).
  • Date military or National Guard reserve service began.
  • Completion date of initial military reserve obligation.

NAME, ADDRESS, PHONE NUMBER CHANGES:   You must provide documentation in person to the Department of Human Resources and Civil Service in order to make any changes to your name, address and telephone number. If you do not provide this information, you may miss an important call or notice, and you will not be eligible for further processing.CIVIL SERVICE EXAMINATIONS

If you meet the General Application Requirements listed on the front page, you will be sent a letter of admission for the written examination.  

  • Written Examination Dates: Friday, June 15, 2018 (Evening) and Saturday, June 16, 2018 (Morning).  You will need to select one of the two test date options at a later date by self-scheduling. An Admission letter containing the self-schedule directions will be emailed to you approximately two weeks before the written examination date, assuming you presented verification of your City of Pittsburgh residency. You MUST present the admission letter to sit for the written examination. The written examination component is weighted at approximately 50 percent of the total score.
    • NOTE: Pretest preparation will be offered for the written examination.  Information will be provided to applicants via email at a later date.
  • Physical Ability PRE-TEST TRAINING AND EXAMINATION:  Conducted at the Training Academy. Pre-Test Training tentative dates are the weeks of July 23, 2018 and July 30, 2018 (if needed).
  • The Physical Ability Examination tentative dates are the weeks of August 27, 2018 and September 4, 2018.
    • If you take and pass the written examination you will be scheduled for the physical ability pre-test training and also the subsequent physical ability examination.  The physical ability examination component is scored and weighted at 50 percent of the total score.

Medical Examination:
This assessment will be administered to candidates who receive conditional offers of employment.  Final appointment to the Training Academy is contingent upon successful completion of the assessment.  The medical standards include having vision corrected to at least 20/30.  In addition, candidates shall have normal depth and color perception, and must be free of any significant visual abnormality.POSITION DUTIES

  • Accurately takes incoming calls or information from dispatcher and responds to emergency calls for assistance, including hazardous material incidents, in assigned area of responsibility to extinguish fires, save lives and property and perform rescue operations.
  • Conducts or assists in conducting fireground size-ups to include determining the safest evacuation route, determining appropriate extinguishing agent and equipment to use, and/or recommending or requesting assistance from law enforcement, medical, or utility personnel.
  • Advances fire hoses, nozzles and equipment to protect exposures, confine or control the fire and apply extinguishing agents to put out the fire and for protection of life and property.
  • Drives, operates and maintains Bureau vehicles safely (e.g., engines, aerial trucks, etc.) as a duty assignment or in emergency situations.
  • Communicates or exchanges information with others (e.g., dispatcher, superiors, other firefighters, the public, medical staff, etc.) at a scene or by radio as necessary.
  • Utilizes existing procedures, tools, appliances and apparatus to reduce property loss by fire, through proper ventilation, salvage and overhaul practices.
  • Secures an accident or fire scene and preserves evidence.
  • Operates, inspects, maintains, repairs, decontaminates, disinfects, and/or restocks or recharges equipment (e.g., fire hoses, nozzles, the self-contained breathing apparatus, individual face piece and protective envelope, etc.) as requested or required.
  • Assists in inspecting district as part of a fire prevention and acquaintance program, including checking to ensure proper working conditions and serviceability of hydrants, location of large buildings, type of sprinkler and standpipe systems, code violations and physical layout.
  • Assists in developing pre-plans for fire suppression activities.
  • Provides or assists in the provision of first responder emergency care to sick and injured individuals.
  • Participates in approved educational programs, including theory and practical, scheduled drills and exercises to maintain a high level of proficiency in use of equipment and operating procedures.
  • Maintains daily logs pertaining to day and night watches.
  • Performs assigned radio and telephone responsibilities.
  • Performs routine housekeeping and maintenance procedures of assigned facility and vehicles.
  • Assists in the presentation of approved public educational activities.
  • May act as Fire Lieutenant or Fire Captain in their absence as assigned.
  • Performs other related tasks and duties that are assigned or required.

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