Firefighter Recruit: Honolulu Hawaii Deadline: November 7, 2018

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Firefighter Recruit

Deadline: November 7 2018

Salary: $4,773.00 Monthly

Job Description:

This is NOT a recruitment for the entry-level Fire Fighter Recruit I (previously classified as Fire Fighter Recruit, SR-15).  Proof of required certificates must be submitted and verified in order to meet minimum qualification requirements.

Participates in the Honolulu Fire Fighter Recruit Training Program as an advanced-trainee.  Possessing the required certifications at the time of application, Fire Fighter Recruit II participate in intensive classroom and field training focused on (1) demonstrating proficiency at their certification levels; (2) learning and applying the specific techniques, methods and procedures of the Honolulu Fire Department’s firefighter work; (3) performing or assisting, as an advanced trainee, in various firefighting and other specialized or emergency operations such as hazardous materials incidents and special rescue operations, and in the provision of emergency medical care; and (4) performing other firefighting and related tasks as directed and supervised.  Work involves 24-hour shifts, weekend and holiday work. Position requires use of protective equipment due to possible exposure to hazardous and obnoxious conditions or environments.

 Additional Job Information:


At time of application, you must be a citizen, national, or permanent resident alien of the United States or a non-citizen eligible under federal law for unrestricted employment.

***Subject to funding availability***

1)  Only ONLINE applications will be accepted. 

Applications must be submitted online by NOVEMBER 7, 2018, 11:59 p.m., Hawaii Standard Time (HST) to be accepted. No late applications will be accepted.
2)  Paper applications will NOT be accepted.

3)  Written Test Date: SATURDAY, JANUARY 26, 2019

The written test will be administered ONLY on OAHU and ONLY on January 26, 2019.

NO MAKEUPS WILL BE PERMITTED – So Mark Your Calendars Now!

Approximately 7-10 days prior to the test, candidates scheduled to take the written test will be MAILEDan admission letter.
Important Notice:
For Fire Fighter Recruit II, some notifications will be sent via e-mail. You are responsible for monitoring instructions and correspondence from this office by checking your e-mail account in a timely manner. To ensure proper delivery, please make sure you:
     – use a valid e-mail account;
     – verify your e-mail address is entered correctly on your GovernmentJobs account;
     – are subscribed to email notices;

     – check your spam folders; and
     – add and to your contact list.

 Minimum Qualification Requirements:

The following requirements must be met as of November 7, 2018, or as stated:

Equivalent to graduation from high school. 

Valid driver’s license (automobile), prior to appointment.
Possession of valid certificates for ALL of the following at the time of application:

  1. International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) or Pro Board Fire Fighter I certificate;
  2. IFSAC or Pro Board Fire Fighter II certificate;
  3. IFSAC or Pro Board Hazardous Materials Awareness Certificate;
  4. IFSAC or Pro Board Hazardous Materials Operations Certificate;
  5. National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) Emergency Medical Technician Certificate, NREMT Advanced Emergency Medical Technician Certificate, or NREMT Paramedic Certificate.

The above required certificates must be submitted with your application in order to be eligible for consideration.  The first four certificates must include a seal of accreditation by IFSAC or Pro Board.  The NREMT certificate must include your registry number, expiration date, and provider level, along with the signature from the Executive Director.  There are no substitutions for the above required certifications.  We do not convert certificates to IFSAC or Pro Board certificates, or convert respective state EMT certificates to NREMT certificates.  Required certificates will be verified during the selection process and must be maintained on a current basis thereafter.  
To submit evidence of your certifications, please attach an electronic copy of your certifications to your application.  Or mail or drop off a photocopy of your certifications by the closing date of this recruitment to the following address: Department of Human Resources, 650 South King Street, 10th Floor, Honolulu, HI 96813.  Attachments and copies must be legible in order to receive credit.  Copies will not be returned.  Expired certificates will not be accepted.  Failure to submit verification of your certifications, or falsification of your certifications will result in disqualification of your application, and does not preclude us from taking further action.

 Examination Process:WRITTEN TEST:
Upon receipt and pending verification of your certifications, qualified applicants will be scheduled for the Fire Fighter II written test.  In addition to meeting the minimum qualification requirements for this position, you must also pass the written test, which may cover the following areas:  reading comprehension, mathematical skills, mechanical reasoning, logical reasoning, human relations, maps, and diagrams.

The written test will be administered ONLY on OAHU and ONLY on January 26, 2019.

Written Test……………………………………………………………………………100%

Candidates who pass the written test will be placed on the Fire Fighter Recruit II eligible list. Eligibles are referred to the Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) in order of their written test scores, starting with the highest score, as vacancies occur. The eligible list is effective for at least one year from the date of establishment, and may be extended by the Director of Human Resources.
Veteran’s Preference is applicable ONLY if you pass the written test.
 If you are claiming veteran’s preference, you must meet eligibility requirements at the time of application AND submit a copy of your Form DD-214 at the time of application in order to receive credit. Copies must be legible in order to receive credit. Copies will not be returned. Mail or drop off: Department of Human Resources, 650 South King Street, 10th Floor, Honolulu, HI 96813
Candidates must pass ALL phases of the selection process in order to become a Fire Fighter Recruit II (SR-16). 
Candidates who pass the written test are placed on an eligible list. Eligibles are referred to the Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) in order of their written test scores, starting with the highest score, as anticipated vacancies occur. Candidates will be referred to HFD when their written test score is reached.
1)  Physical Ability Test (PAT)
Candidates will be required to pass a PAT and should prepare themselves by remaining physically fit. The PAT will assess candidates’ physical ability to perform the essential functions and duties of a Fire Fighter Recruit. Specific information regarding the PAT will be provided to candidates as they are scheduled for the PAT. 
2)  Interview/Assessment
Candidates who pass the PAT will be scheduled for an interview in order of their written test scores, starting with the highest score, as anticipated vacancies occur. HFD will conduct an interview/assessment based on job-related requirements. 
3)  Character & Background
Fire Fighter Recruit II must possess sound moral character, integrity, and credibility in addition to the ability to provide emergency fire services. They must have the ability to make sound judgments in emergency situations. Each candidate’s character and background (including a criminal history records check) will be reviewed to determine suitability for employment.

4)  Suitability Review
The Department of Human Resources will review criminal convictions, dismissals from employment, and separations from military service under other than honorable conditions to determine suitability for employment. In addition, the selectee’s driving records may also be reviewed. Due to the nature of the position, selectees will be required to be fingerprinted as part of their employment suitability review. The Department of Human Resources will review criminal history record information from the Hawaii Criminal Justice Data Center and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

NOTE: At the time of interview/assessment with HFD, candidates will be required to submit a copy of their driver’s license, and may also be required to submit copies of current traffic abstract(s).

5)  Medical Evaluation
Candidates must meet the medical requirements established for the City and County of Honolulu for the position of Fire Fighter Recruit II. If selected, a medical examination will be administered to determine whether the candidate meets the standards for vision, hearing, pulmonary function, etc. Candidates who do not meet the medical requirements will be disqualified. The vision requirements are listed below:
1)  Near and far corrected visual acuity must be 20/30 binocular or better.
2)  For wearers of glasses, gas permeable, or hard contact lenses, far uncorrected visual acuity must be 20/100 binocular or better.
3)  Successful long-term soft contact lens wearers have no far uncorrected visual acuity standard provided they have worn their contacts 6 months or more.
4)  Color vision must be adequate to distinguish red, green, and amber.
5)  Significant decrement in visual field performance in either eye is unacceptable.
In addition to passing the medical examination, you are also required to pass a drug-screening test. Illegal use of drugs is grounds for disqualification.
6)  Probationary Period
Fire Fighter Recruit II are required to complete 18-22 weeks of Recruit training and maintain a satisfactory grade in all subjects, e.g., fire operations and procedures, hose evolutions, ladder drills, forcible entry, salvage, emergency medical care, rescue procedures, operation of fire trucks, advanced lifesaving and water safety, etc.

All Fire Fighter Recruit II must successfully pass an initial probationary period before becoming a regular member of the Civil Service. Currently, the initial probationary period is one year, but the duration is subject to collective bargaining.

Passing an annual physical examination administered by the City Physician is also a requirement for continued employment in this class.

Any misstatements or omissions of material facts, as part of your application, are cause for forfeiture of all rights to any employment in the service of the City and County of Honolulu.
To meet the requirements of the Federal Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, all persons selected must provide original documents to verify identity and employment eligibility prior to appointment.

Information provided herein constitutes requirements known at the time of announcement of this examination and may be revised or changed without limitation or notice for good reason.

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


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