• Firefighter

    Warren County
    Job Description
    LAST FILING DATE:         March 15, 2019                                                        STATE NO.   68891
    EXAMINATION DATE:        April 27, 2019                                                       LOCAL NO.    3082
    VACANCIES:  This examination is being held to establish an eligible list to be used for vacancies as they exist or may occur in the City of Glens Falls Fire Department. 
    SALARY:  $36,375
    RESIDENCY:  Candidates must have been legal residents of Warren County or a contiguous county (Washington, Saratoga, Hamilton, or Essex) at the time of appointment. Preference in appointment may be given to candidates who are residents of the City of Glens Falls in accordance with Civil Service Law and Rules..
    MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:  Graduation from high school or possession of a high school equivalency diploma.
    SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Possession of an appropriate level New York State driver’s license at the time of appointment, which must be maintained throughout employment.  Possession of a New York State certificate as an ALS (Advanced Life Support) Technician at a critical care or Paramedic level at the time of appointment.   Certification and on-line status with Mountain Lakes Region must be maintained throughout employment.
    DUTIES:  (illustrative only)
    Provides fire suppression, rescue and emergency medical services;
    Performs firefighting tasks including entering burning buildings, setting up hose lines and ladders, operation of firefighting equipment and apparatus;
    Responds and acts as a first responder to all types of emergency and non-emergency situations;
    Drives and operates motor driven fire and emergency apparatus;         
    May perform assigned primary duties as an advanced emergency medical technician on an emergency or transport ambulance;
    Responds to all rescue calls;
    Ensures that equipment is fully prepared and functional at all times;
    Performs general maintenance and upkeep of apparatus, equipment and fire stations;
    Performs and documents required equipment inspections as assigned;
    Participates in preventative maintenance on fire apparatus, and station maintenance;
    Participates in pre-fire planning, fire prevention inspections, fire prevention and fire safety education;
    Prepares various reports and other documents;
    Performs such other related duties as assigned.
    SUBJECT OF EXAMINATION: A written test designed to evaluate knowledge, skills and /or abilities in the following areas:  
    1. Ability to learn and apply information: These questions test for the ability to learn new information and apply it to answer questions effectively. Candidates will read information presented in a Training Lesson and then answer questions regarding the information and procedures covered in the Training Lesson. All information needed to answer the questions will be provided in the Training Lesson, and candidates will be able to refer to the Training Lesson when answering the questions. Some of the questions may require candidates to combine information from different portions of what has been learned in the Training Lesson. No prior knowledge of any specific job or subject matter is needed.
    2. Basic arithmetic: This section requires candidates to use basic arithmetic (add, subtract, multiply, divide) to find a missing value in a table of numbers. Candidates will not need to refer to the Training Lesson or any other section of the test to answer the questions in this section. All information needed to answer each question will be contained in this section. No knowledge of firefighting or any other job is required. Candidates should bring a hand-held battery- or solar-powered calculator for use on this test. Candidates will not be permitted to use the calculator function on their cell phone.
    3. Reading comprehension: These questions test for the ability to understand written materials (e.g., sentences, passages) and answer questions about the information presented. Candidates will be provided with reading passages, followed by questions related to each passage. Each question will require candidates to demonstrate that they have read and understood the information contained in the passage.
    4. Situational judgment: This section tests for the ability to identify appropriate and effective responses to work-related challenges. Candidates will be presented with several scenarios that reflect the types of challenges one could encounter in a work environment. They will then be asked to rate the effectiveness of a number of possible responses to each scenario.
    NOTE:  A Guide for the Written Test for Firefighter is available at the New York State website: https://www.cs.ny.gov/testing/testguides.cfm .  Candidates not having access to a computer or the internet may request copy of the test guide from the municipal civil service office conducting this examination using the contact information found elsewhere on this announcement.
    NOTE:  Unless otherwise notified, candidates are RECOMMENDED to use quiet, hand-held solar or battery powered calculators.  Devices with typewriter keyboards, Spell Checker, Personal Digital Assistants, Address Books, Language Translators, Dictionaries, or any similar devices are PROHIBITED.  No books or reference material will be allowed into the examination site.  Cell phones are PROHIBITED.
    QUALIFYING TESTS: A qualifying physical fitness test will be scheduled at a later date for passing candidates only.  You will not be called to the physical fitness test unless you have passed the written test. You must pass the physical fitness test to be considered for appointment.  The Warren County Personnel Officer reserves the right to call to the physical fitness test only a sufficient number of candidates needed to fill anticipated vacancies; additional candidates may be called during the life of the list.
    Failure to appear for a scheduled physical fitness test will be considered an unqualified declination and the name of the candidate may be removed from further consideration. Failure on any part of the qualifying physical fitness test will remove a candidate’s name from further consideration for appointment, and there will be no opportunity for retest.
    There are seven (7) events for the physical agility test:
                 EVENT                    PASSING TIME REQUIRED
         #1   Reaching Agility                          Pass/Fail
         #2   Ladder Climb                              3 minutes      
         #3   Hose Coupling                        100 seconds   
         #4   Weight Lift                                20 seconds
         #5   Ladder Extension                       20 seconds
         #6   Safety Crawl                             150 seconds
         #7   Hose/Dummy Drag                     95 seconds
    BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION AND ADDITIONAL SCREENINGS: Candidates who pass the qualifying physical agility test and are given a conditional offer of employment will be subject to pre-employment background investigation and screening. Applicants may be required to authorize access to educational, financial, employment, mental health, criminal history or other records. At the discretion of the appointing authority, candidates may be subject to additional screenings as a term of employment, including but not limited to fingerprinting, drug testing and psychological testing.
     HOW TO APPLY:  Applications and information may be obtained from the Warren County Department of Civil Service Administration, or from the web site:  www.warrencountyny.gov/civilservice . Application/exam fee must be submitted to the Warren County Civil Service Administration before the close of business at 4:30p.m. on the last filing date listed on the Examination Announcement.  Applications received via U.S. Mail will be accepted only if postmarked on or before the last filing date. You are responsible for completing ALL sections of the official application.  To receive credit for experience on a job, basic information such as address, name and title of supervisor, hours in the workweek, final salary, etc. must be shown.  Ambiguity and vagueness WILL NOT be resolved in your favor.
    APPLICATION FEE:  An application processing fee as specified on this announcement must accompany the application.  CHECK OR MONEY ORDER ONLY must be payable to WARREN COUNTY TREASURERDO NOT SEND CASHYOU MUST LIST THE EXAM NUMBER ON THE CHECK OR MONEY ORDER.  You are responsible for comparing your qualifications with the minimum qualifications posted on this examination announcement.  THERE WILL BE NO REFUNDS if your application is disapproved.
    Application Fee Waiver: A waiver of application fee will be allowed if you are unemployed and primarily responsible for the support of a household.  In addition, a waiver of application fee will be allowed if you are determined eligible for Medicaid, or receiving Supplemental Security Income payments, or Public Assistance (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families/Family Assistance or Safety Net Assistance) or are certified Job Training Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act eligible through a State or local social service agency.  All claims for application fee waiver are subject to verification.  If you can verify eligibility for application fee waiver, complete the Exam Fee Waiver and Certification section on the application or submit the “Application for Fee Waiver and Certification” form with your application by the close of business on the Last Filing Date as listed on the Examination Announcement.
    Veteran’s Credits:  Veterans or disabled veterans who may be eligible for additional credits must check the appropriate areas on the application and also submit a separate Application for Veteran’s Credits and supporting documentation.  Applications and information on veteran’s credit s may be obtained at the Warren County Department of Civil Service Administration.
    NOTE:  In conformance with section 85-a of the Civil Service Law, children of firefighters and police officers killed in the line of duty shall be entitled to receive an additional ten points in a competitive examination for original appointment in the same municipality in which his or her parent has served.  If you are qualified to participate in this examination and are a child of a firefighter or police officer killed in the line of duty in this municipality, notify this office of this matter when you submit your application for examination.
    Saturday Sabbath Observers – Physically Challenged Individuals – Active Military Members:  Applicants whose religious beliefs or military service prevent their taking examinations on the scheduled date and candidates with a disability who require reasonable accommodations to take the test must clearly indicate the need for special arrangements on their Application.  Candidates who are called to military service after filing an Application should send requests for an alternate test date to our Office as soon as possible before the test date.  Military Service Members who apply for an examination during the filing period but are on active military duty on the date the examination is scheduled may request a military make-up examination.  If you are on active duty or discharged after the filing period has begun, you may apply for the examination up to ten days before the test date. You must submit with your application the type of special arrangements or reasonable accommodations requested accompanied by all supporting documentation.
    Multiple Exams Scheduled for the Same Date:  If you have applied with any other local Civil Service agency for any other examination held on the same day, you must make arrangements with each agency to take all your examinations at one test site no later than two weeks before the test date.  If you have applied for both State and Local examinations, you must make arrangements with this agency to take all your examinations at a State examination center no later than two weeks before the test date.  If you have questions please contact Warren County Civil Service at (518) 761-6440.


     1.  Positive identification will be required at the test site.
    2.  Falsification of any part of the "Application for Employment" will result in disqualification.
    3.  Applicants must answer every question on the application form and make sure that the application is complete in regard to meeting the minimum qualifications for this examination.  There will be no refund of the application fee should your application be disapproved. Time and place of the examination will be mailed to candidates whose application has been approved, one week before examination date.
    4.  Where a degree is required for minimum qualification, do not send transcript unless required on this announcement.
    5.  Appointments from an eligible list must be made from the top three candidates willing to accept appointment.  All eligible lists will be established for a maximum of four years or the establishment of a new list.  It is probable that a number of titles will have an insufficient number of candidates and examinations for these titles will be held on a more regular basis with eligible lists being replaced within the four-year period.  Candidates are advised to review our examination postings at our web site:  www.warrencountyny.gov/civilservice . Candidates will NOT be notified should eligible lists expire within the four-year period.
    6.  It is the responsibility of the candidate to notify the Warren County Department of Civil Service of any change in name and/or address.  No attempt will be made to locate candidates who have moved.
    7.  The passing grade for this examination is 70. Background checks may be required for appointment. 
    8.  The salary of this position is subject to change from time to time, or may be different in agencies serviced by the Warren County Department of Civil Service; vacancies may, therefore, be filled at a higher or lower salary than the one announced.
    9. SPECIAL REQUIREMENT FOR APPOINTMENT IN SCHOOL DISTRICTS AND BOCES: Per Chapter 180 of the Laws of 2000, and by Regulations of the Commissioner of Education, to be employed in a position designated by a school district or BOCES as involving direct contact with students, a clearance for employment from the State Education Department is required.
    10. BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION: Applicants may be required to undergo extensive investigation of criminal history and background, which may include a fingerprint check, to determine suitability for appointment. Costs related to such investigation may be borne by the applicant. Failure to meet the standards of investigation may result in disqualification.
    This written test is being prepared and rated by the N.Y.S. Department of Civil Service in accordance with Section 23-2 of the Civil Service Law. The provisions of the N.Y.S. Civil Service Rules and Regulations dealing with the rating of examinations will apply to this exam.
     ISSUED:  February 5, 2019                                                Patricia C. Nenninger
                                                                                                    Personnel Officer
                                                                                                    WARREN COUNTYMUNICIPAL CENTER
                                                                                                      1340 STATE ROUTE 9                   
                                                                                                    LAKE GEORGE, NY  12845-9803
    View all examination announcements on line at:  www.warrencountyny.gov/civilservice

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