Firefighter

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Recruitment #cbt-00H2-053650

Introduction

CITY AND COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

This announcement amends the prior Firefighter announcement issued in November 2008.  It is being reissued to provide additional information concerning the Firefighter selection process.  Applicants who filed in December 2008 do not need to file again; only one application per person will be accepted.  Please be sure to read the entire amended announcement.

 

H-2 FIREFIGHTER

 

Description of Position:

Under general supervision, an H‑2 Firefighter engages in firefighting and related activities for the saving of life and property; administers first responder treatment, including first aid; responds to a variety of emergency situations involving public safety and medical care; may be assigned duties in connection with fire prevention activities, including the inspection of businesses, schools, and homes to ensure fire safety; maintains station quarters; and performs other duties as assigned.  Firefighters are required to work 24‑hour shifts, including weekends and holidays.  During those shifts, a firefighter lives and works in close quarters with three or more individuals.  A firefighter must cooperate and work effectively with the other members of his or her team.
 

Eligibility Requirements (verified during Background Investigation):

 

Age:  Applicants must be at least 19 years old as of June 13, 2009. (Civil Service Rule 310.15)

 

Education:  Applicants must have a high school diploma or an equivalency certificate (e.g., G.E.D., California High School Proficiency Certificate) by June 13, 2009.

 

Driving Record:  Applicants must possess a valid Class A, B, or C California Driver License by the time of their appointment.  Applicants must not have committed an offense during the period from June 13, 2008 to the date of appointment that subsequently results in a conviction for any of the following:  driving under the influence; reckless driving; or hit and run with personal injury or property damage over $25.00.  Applicants will be disqualified if any of the following occurred or is in effect at any time during the period from June 13, 2008 up to the date of appointment:  probation as a result of a driving‑related offense; license suspension or revocation; three moving violations in 12 months; or five moving violations in 24 months.

 

Applicants who proceed to the Background Investigation must provide on their background forms a full and complete listing of all motor vehicle violations.  Any significant discrepancy between the applicant's statement and Department of Motor Vehicles’ records will result in disqualification.

 

Criminal Record:  Applicants must not have been convicted of a felony in this state or of an act in any other state or in any federal or other jurisdiction that would have been a felony if committed in this state.  Applicants must not have been on probation for a misdemeanor offense at any time from June 13, 2008 through the time of appointment.  Convictions for misdemeanors before June 13, 2008 will be evaluated individually, and may result in disqualification.

 

Applicants who proceed to the Background Investigation must provide on their background forms a full and complete listing of all convictions.  Applicants who do not provide their complete criminal record on their background form will be disqualified. Sealed, expunged or diverted convictions need not be reported.

 

HOW TO GET AN APPLICATION:  Applications will be distributed at the City and County of San Francisco Department of Human Resources, 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco June 9-11, 2009, between 8:30 AM and 4:30 PM.

 

HOW TO FILE A COMPLETED APPLICATION:  Applications must be hand-delivered by the applicant or his or her representative on June 12 or 13, 2009, only between 8:30 AM and 4:30 PM, to the City and County of San Francisco Testing Center, 1740 Cesar Chavez, 2nd Floor, San Francisco.  Applications must be received by 4:30 PM on the final filing date of June13, 2009.  Applications will not be accepted before June 12, 2009, and applications will not be accepted by fax, mail, or email.

 

Selection Procedure:

 

1) Written Test:  On the date of the test, candidates will complete three test components.  The first component is designed to assess a candidate’s human relations skills, such as teamwork, ability to work with others, etc.  This component will require candidates to watch various video simulations involving firefighters.  After each simulation, candidates will be asked to choose from a series of supplied responses concerning how they would respond to each situation.  No prior knowledge concerning firefighters or firefighting is necessary in order to correctly answer these questions. 

 

The second and third components will simulate what occurs in the Fire Academy.  For these components, candidates will be provided with written material to read and learn prior to the test.  The second component is designed to assess how well a candidate can master information that is presented visually, verbally, and in written form.  On the date of the test, candidates will watch a video presentation of a lecture/demonstration on one of the subjects covered in the written material.  This video will introduce information that was not contained in the written material.  Following the video, candidates will answer multiple-choice questions about the information presented in the video and in the written material provided before the test.   

 

The third component is designed to assess how well a candidate can master information that is presented in written form only.  On the date of the test, candidates will answer multiple-choice questions about the information presented in the written materials provided before the test.  This component will not cover information contained in the lecture/demonstration.

 

The relative weights of the test components will be announced in the test preparation materials.  These preparation materials [including the written material for the second and third components] will be made available to candidates approximately 30 days prior to the written test.

 

Note: Candidates who are currently serving in the Armed Forces, but are unable to take the written test due to their military assignment, must submit verification of their current military status in order to be considered for a make-up examination.  Such make-up examination is available only during the duration of the eligible list established from this selection process.

 

2) Eligible List:  Candidates who pass the written test will be placed on an eligible list in order of the scores they achieve on the written test.  The duration of the eligible list will be three years, but may be extended by the Human Resources Director for up to one additional year.

 

Veteran’s Preference points will be awarded to qualifying veterans in accordance with Civil Service Rule 311.  Please refer to Note #6 below for more detailed information.

 

3) Certification Rule:  In accordance with Civil Service Rule 313.5, the certification rule to be used for the eligible list will be Rule of the List.

 

Departmental Selection Procedure:

 

1) Background Investigation:  A number of candidates from the eligible list will be selected to go through a Background Investigation conducted by the Fire Department’s Investigative Services Bureau.  The investigation will include areas such as driving record, employment history, and criminal record.  Each candidate's background will be reviewed to determine fitness for employment as a Firefighter.  Reasons for rejection include felony convictions or repeated or serious violations of the law.  Candidates who fail the Background Investigation will be disqualified from the selection process.

 

2)    Emergency Medical Technician Certification:  Candidates must possess a current, valid Emergency Medical Technician 1 (EMT1) Certification issued by the State of California or National Registry in order to proceed to the Background Investigation.  Verification of possession of an EMT1 certificate will be required in order to proceed to the Background Investigation. Candidates must be able to accredit with the local EMS Authority within the one-year probationary period.

 

3) Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT):  This test is administered in the Bay Area by the California Fire Fighter Joint Apprenticeship Committee [CFFJAC].  It is designed to measure the endurance, muscular force, and coordination that is necessary to perform essential firefighter tasks. An orientation video, as well as a preparation guide is available on the CPAT website at http://www.cffjac.org/go/jac/cpat/preparing-for-the-cpat/. Candidates who advance to the Background Investigation portion of the Firefighter selection process must provide verification that they have taken and passed the CPAT in order to be considered for a conditional offer of employment. Such verification is provided by a valid CPAT card or certification.  The CPAT card or certification also must be current [not more than one year since the date of issuance] through the first day of the Fire Academy. A CPAT card or certification that is more than one year old as of the first day of the Fire Academy is not acceptable. Each candidate is responsible for making arrangements to take the CPAT, tracking their CPAT card or certification, and re-testing, as necessary, to ensure that the card or certification is current in the event that they are selected for the Fire Academy.  If a candidate does not possess a current, valid CPAT card or certification at the time of the Background Investigation, s/he will remain on the eligible list and may be considered at a later time for a conditional offer of employment after obtaining a valid and current CPAT card or certification.

 

There is a fee to take the CPAT. However, the CFFJAC will not deny anyone from participating in the CPAT due to financial hardship. The California Fire Foundation makes grants available to pay the CPAT fee for individuals who demonstrate a financial hardship. It also makes grants available to children of firefighters who died in the line of duty, or as a result of an occupationally-related illness. To learn more concerning how to qualify and the grant application process, firefighter applicants should contact the California Fire Foundation at 800.890.3213.

 

Some candidates may choose to wait to take the CPAT until after they learn that they have passed the written test and are placed on the Firefighter eligible list. At that time, any candidate who is a probable selection from the eligible list to advance to the Background Investigation phase of the Firefighter selection process, and who requires transportation to and from San Francisco and the CPAT Testing facility in Livermore, may request assistance in getting to and from the facility.  Travel arrangements will be made available to them by the San Francisco Fire Department. Details concerning such assistance will be made available after the eligible list is adopted.

 

To help candidates prepare for the CPAT and the rigors of a career in firefighting, the San Francisco Fire Department will also offer a physical fitness program after the eligible list is adopted.  Candidates will be invited to participate in this physical fitness program based on their probability of being selected from the eligible list to advance to the Background Investigation portion of the Firefighter selection process.  Details concerning the physical fitness training program will be provided after the eligible list is adopted.

 

For more information about the CPAT, CPAT locations, and how to prepare to take the CPAT, applicants should visit http://www.cpatonline.org. 

 

4) Conditional Offer of Appointment:  Candidates who pass the CPAT and the Background Investigation and possess a valid California or National Registry EMT1 certificate may receive a conditional offer of appointment.  This offer is conditional until the candidate passes the Fire Department’s medical examination.  Selections for conditional offers of appointment will be made by the Chief of Department.  Selection for conditional offers of appointment will based on the candidate’s written test score and criteria such as:

 

* Certificates:  Firefighter 1, Paramedic

* Completion of Fire Science / Fire Technology coursework and/or degrees

* Completion of State Fire Marshal courses

* Work experience as a Firefighter, Paramedic, EMT

 

Candidates must submit verification for the above criteria during the Background Investigation, and may update their files as appropriate.

 

5)    Medical Examination:  Candidates will be required to pass a medical examination given by the Fire Department physician after the conditional offer of employment is extended.  Only those candidates who are likely to be selected for appointment to the Fire Academy will advance to the medical examination.  The medical examination will include evaluation of each candidate’s vision, hearing, and general medical condition.  It will also screen for drug abuse.  Candidates will be evaluated with reference to “NFPA 1582, Standard on Medical Requirements for Fire Fighters and Information for Fire Department Physicians.”  This document is on file and available for review at the Fire Services Examination Unit, 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, or may be purchased through the National Fire Protection Association’s Internet web site, www.nfpa.org.

 

All medical conditions will be evaluated individually by the Fire Department physician to determine the applicant's fitness for employment as a Firefighter.  Candidates who proceed to the Medical Examination will be required to complete a Medical History Statement.  Any misrepresentation by a candidate on the Medical History Statement as determined by the Chief of the Fire Department will result in disqualification.

      Vision Screening:  Candidates must have a visual acuity of at least 20/40 in each eye, either unaided or aided by spectacles or contact lenses. If spectacles, hard contact lenses, or non‑extended‑wear soft contact lenses are worn, uncorrected vision must be at least 20/100. If soft contact lenses that are approved for extended‑wear use are worn, there is no limitation on the uncorrected vision, provided the wearer has successfully worn extended‑wear soft contact lenses for at least six months. Candidates who wear extended‑wear soft contact lenses must have their contact lenses approved for extended‑wear use by an optometrist or ophthalmologist, licensed by the State of California, subject to verification by the Fire Department Physician. If subsequently hired, candidates who use extended‑wear soft contact lenses must wear them at all times while on duty.  Candidates must have visual field performance without correction of 130 degrees in the horizontal meridian in each eye. Color vision must be sufficient to identify red, green, and yellow colors.

 

Qualified applicants with disabilities requiring reasonable accommodation for this selection process must contact the Fire Services Examination Unit by phone at 415.557.4822 (Voice) or, if hearing impaired, 415.775.9484 (TDD), or in writing at Fire Services Exam Unit, 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103 (specify class H‑2) as soon as possible.

 

Notes:

1) This announcement is issued in accordance with Civil Service Rule 310.

2) In accordance with Civil Service Rule 310.15, candidates cannot be hired before their 20th birthday.

3) Applicants must successfully complete each component of the selection procedure to be eligible for appointment as an H-2 Firefighter.

4) Examination scores will be standardized.

5) An applicant/eligible who changes his or her mailing address after having filed an application must promptly go to CCSF’s employment website: http://www.jobaps.com/sf/images/default.asp.  Click on the blue “Update My Contact Info” button located on the top of the page.  Log-in to your JobAps account by entering both your UserID & Password.  Enter your new address/contact information.  Click on the blue “Update Contact Information” button again [located at the very bottom of the page].  If you do not have a JobAps account, send your new information to the Fire Services Exam Unit via email:  Rebecca.Benoza@sfgov.org.  Failure to update your contact information may result in loss of eligibility.

6) Points for qualifying veterans will be awarded in accordance with Civil Service Rule 311. Applicants must notify the Fire Services Examination Unit of their Veteran status when they submit their application. To be eligible for Veteran’s Preference, an applicant must have served on active duty (non-reserve duty) and been released from active duty under conditions other than dishonorable. Applicants who served in the military after January 31, 1955 for at least 181 consecutive days of active duty prior to discharge may be eligible for Veteran’s Preference. Applicants must submit a copy of their Form DD214 or other acceptable documentation and complete a City and County of San Francisco Veteran’s Preference Application with their application.  For further information about Veteran’s Preference and to download the application, go to www.sfgov.org/site/sfdhr_page.asp?id=46205#veterans_preference.

7) Prior to appointment, appointees must complete and submit a “Conviction History Form”.

8) Appointees must make a declaration that they will not engage in strike‑related activity.  The full text of this requirement is in Section 8.345 of the Charter.

9) After appointment to a permanent position, the employee must serve a probationary period during which the employee must demonstrate the ability to perform the work assigned to the position.  All time off taken will extend the probation end date by the same amount of days.

10) Maintenance of a valid California EMT1 Certification is a condition of continued employment.

11) Maintenance of a valid California Driver License, Class A or B, is a condition of continued employment.

12)   The City and County of San Francisco’s Substance Abuse Policy, in compliance with the Department of Transportation Omnibus Transportation Employee Testing Act of 1991 employing the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) regulations, requires drug and alcohol testing for employees in “safety-sensitive” positions.  Some H-2 Firefighter positions qualify as “safety-sensitive” as defined by the FMCSA and FTA regulations.  The selected applicants for safety-sensitive positions will be required to pass a Pre-Employment drug test prior to appointment and shall be subject to Random, Post-Accident, Reasonable Suspicion, Return-To-Duty, and Follow-Up testing during employment.  Prior to appointment to an FMCSA position, each applicant who has participated in a DOT drug and alcohol testing program within the immediately preceding two years will be required to sign a consent form authorizing the City to contact his/her prior employers concerning his/her drug and alcohol test history.

13)   All City and County of San Francisco employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109).  Employment with the City requires affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect.  Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.

14)   In accordance with Section 3929 of the San Francisco Fire Department Rules and Regulations, whenever a conflagration, emergency, or disaster requiring the services of more than the available on-duty officers and members of the uniformed force of the Department, off-duty members must report for duty when summoned by the Chief of Department, and may be assigned to perform emergency response operations.

15)   All employees hired on or after January 10, 2009 will be required (pursuant to San Francisco Charter Section A8.432) to contribute 2% of pre-tax compensation to fund retiree healthcare.  In addition, most employees are required to make a member contribution towards retirement, typically 7.5% of compensation.  For more information on these provisions, please contact your departmental personnel officer.

 

ANNOUNCEMENT #:  053650

Amended and Reissued:  June 1, 2009 to provide additional information

ISSUED:   November 26, 2008

FSEU, (415) 557-4822

 

 

Micki Callahan, Director, Department of Human Resources

 

ENTRANCE ONLY

 

 

Disaster Service Workers

All City and County of San Francisco employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.

Benefits

All employees hired on or after January 10, 2009 will be required (pursuant to San Francisco Charter Section A8.432) to contribute 2% of pre-tax compensation to fund retiree healthcare. In addition, most employees are required to make a member contribution towards retirement, typically a 7.5% of compensation. For more information on these provisions, please contact your departmental personnel officer.



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