Deadline: February 28, 2016
Under immediate supervision, participates in assigned training and
formal academic programs of instruction designed to qualify for
certification as a Firefighter in accordance with the Texas State
Veteran’s preference points: If you have been (or will be) discharged from the military, you may be eligible for five (5) Veteran’s preference points on this examination. To be eligible to receive the additional points, you must have:
· Served on active duty for a minimum of 180 consecutive days in the United States Armed Forces
· Received an honorable discharge
· Score seventy-percent (70%) or higher on the written SAFD entrance examination
In order to receive the five (5) Veteran’s preference points, you must submit one of the acceptable documents at the time of application or mail the documents following the guidelines below. If you fail to submit your DD214 or letter by the deadline, you will not be awarded the Veteran’s preference points on this examination.
Acceptable Veteran’s preference points documents:
DD214 (for Veterans)
· Must be an original or certified copy, legible and unaltered
· Only the following copies will be accepted: Service #2, Member #4, State Director of Veterans Affairs #6, Service #7, or Service #8
Honorable Service Letter (for those currently serving)
· Must contain:
o contact information for your current commander (field grade officer or above)
o term of service
o and certify that you will receive an Honorable Discharge based on current conditions
· An honorable service letter template is available at: www.sanantonio.gov/Portals/0/Files/SAFD/Recruiting/HonorableServiceFormLetter.pdf
· You must use certified mail
· Postmark deadline = March 15, 2016
· Must be addressed to:
City of San Antonio – HR Department
Attention: Sarah Bilger
111 Soledad, Suite 100
San Antonio, TX 78205
There will be no exceptions or extensions to the March 15, 2016 deadline
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
· Attends training regarding: Federal, State, and local laws and
· ordinances, modern fire fighting techniques, hazardous materials,
· building construction, motor vehicle operations, management and
· communication, and state certification for emergency medical
· Responds to fire alarms and other emergency calls.
· May be required to descend from 2nd floor quarters to 1st floor via
· sliding down a pole.
· Dons protective clothing (bunker gear) and breathing apparatus.
· Selects nozzles, depending on type of fire, removes hose from truck,
· transports hose to hydrant.
· Removes pre-connected hose from fire apparatus, stretches hose to
· fire and/or pulls skid load from apparatus bed, attaches to fire engine
· pump, and stretches to fire.
· In high rise, fire fighter carries 1 3/4″ hose upstairs with nozzle
· and adapter and assorted equipment, connects hose to standpipe, and
· stretches hose to fire.
· Directs stream of water or chemicals onto fire. Positions and climbs
· ladders to gain access to upper levels of buildings.
· Performs and/or assists in victim extraction from buildings or
· Performs search and rescue operations in buildings filled with fumes,
· smoke, odors, mists, etc. Creates openings in buildings or vehicles for
· ventilation, victim extraction, or entrance using ax, chisel, crow bar,
· electric saw, jaws-of-life, or other power equipment.
· Protects property from water and smoke using waterproof salvage
· Removes items from buildings, including but not limited to,
· appliances, couches, and clothes.
· Cleans up items involved in the fire and removes them from the
· premises including but not limited to, appliances, couches, and clothes.
· Administers first-aid and/or artificial respiration to injured
· persons or those overcome by fire and/or smoke.
· Communicates with fellow firefighter(s) and superior(s) during fire
· fighting and/or rescue operations.
· Attends and successfully completes Fire Department classes and other
· formal fire training programs to qualify for certification as a
· Participates in mandatory physical training.
· Participates in drills, demonstrations, firefighting training
· evolutions, and courses in hydraulics, pump operation and maintenance,
· and firefighting techniques.
· Trains in the operation of rescue tools.
· Performs related duties and fulfills responsibilities as required.
· Graduation from high school or a General Education Development (GED)
· Valid Class “C” Driver’s License.
The following includes the minimum qualifications for taking the written
examination however applicants MUST pass other requirements for
eligibility to be hired.
Applicants must possess the following qualifications at the time of
application for the position of Fire Fighter Trainee:
· Applicants must be at least 19 years of age by the date of the
· written examination.
· Applicants must not have reached 34 years of age by the date of the
· written examination.
· Applicants must have a high school diploma or G.E.D. certificate.
· Applicants must be able to read, write, and speak in the English
· Applicants must not have any of the disqualifying items listed below
· on his/her record:
o Conviction of a felony or other crime involving moral turpitude.
o Any discharge from the United States Armed Forces other than
o Honorable. (Uncharacterized and Entry-Level discharges may be accepted
o and will be assessed on an individual basis.)
o c) Two (2) or more traffic violation convictions within the twelve (12)
o months preceding the date of the written examination.
o d) Conviction of a Class A or Class B misdemeanor or its equivalent
within the five (5) years preceding the date of the written examination.
e) Conviction of a Driving While Intoxicated, Driving Under the
Influence of Drugs, or their equivalent within the five (5) years
preceding the date of the written examination.
· Applicants must meet all legal requirements necessary to become
· eligible for future licensing by the Texas Commission on Fire
· Applicants must meet the suitability requirements listed under Rule
· IX. H. (13) Use of Illicit Substances.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORKING CONDITIONS:
· Standing, walking, running, sitting, lifting over 200 lbs., carrying over 200 lbs., pushing, pulling, climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, reaching, handling, bending and finger dexterity.
· Inside/outside, extreme cold/heat with/without temperature changes, rain and/or humidity, noise (siren use). Mechanical and electrical hazards, fires, explosives, radiant energy, bodily fluids, fumes, dusts, mists, gases and poor ventilation.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:
· Must possess required knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience
· and be able to explain and demonstrate with or without reasonable
· accommodations that essential functions of the job can be performed.
· Skill in operating and maintaining fire apparatus and equipment.
· Skill in operating various hand and power tools to create openings in
· structures and vehicles for smoke ventilation, forcible entry, and
· Skill in maintaining accurate records and preparing reports.
· Ability to become knowledgeable of city geography, streets, and
· highways in the City of San Antonio and Bexar County.
· Ability to become knowledgeable of fire fighting principles and
· techniques, hydraulics, hydrants, and location/operation of sprinkler
· and house line systems.
· Ability to become knowledgeable of departmental policy, practice, and
· procedure, emergency medical techniques, and good safety practice in the
· use of equipment.
· Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with
· other City employees and the public.
· Ability to communicate effectively in stressful and/or hazardous
· Ability to perform strenuous work under all weather conditions
· including emergency situations.
How to Apply: The full job description and application can be found HERE.