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|Date Published: 04/04/2018||Exam Date: 06/23/2018|
|Open Competitive Examination #: None||Promotional Examination #: 79-519|
|Application Deadline: 05/08/2018||Application Filing Fee (Non-Refundable): $25.00|
ALL APPLICATIONS MUST BE FILED WITH THE ONONDAGA COUNTY PERSONNEL DEPARTMENT AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER
$25.00 Non-Refundable Application Fee You are, therefore, urged to carefully compare your qualifications with the requirements for admission and file only for those examinations for which you are clearly qualified. Payable by check or money order to: “Chief Fiscal Officer,” or by VISA, MC or Discover. Cash will be accepted only if paying in person.
SALARY AND VACANCIES: Changing conditions may make it necessary to certify vacancies at higher or lower salaries than those announced.
The title currently exists in the following department:
City of Syracuse Fire Department - $72,879-$74,337
The resulting promotional eligible list will be used to fill vacancies in the City of Syracuse Fire Department.
Your name will be certified for appointment only to the department in which you are employed on the date of examination.
DUTIES: The work involves responsibility for directing the work of a small number of Firefighters engaged in responding to alarms, fighting fires, performing fire prevention and code enforcement inspections or while on duty at the fire station. An employee in this class may be assigned to the Fire Prevention Bureau with primary responsibility for fire prevention and code enforcement inspections; or to the Training Division to teach, drill and instruct all members of the department. Does related work as required.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: On the date of examination, candidates must meet the following requirements:
PROMOTIONAL QUALIFICATIONS: Candidates must be permanently employed in the competitive class and must have served continuously on a permanent basis for four (4) years immediately preceding the examination date in the title of Firefighter and must be currently employed in City of Syracuse Fire Department.
SUBJECT OF EXAMINATION: There will be a written test, which you must pass in order to be considered for appointment. The written test will be designed to test for knowledge, skills and/or abilities in the following areas:
1. Fire prevention
These questions test for a knowledge of fire prevention methods, principles, practices, and equipment. The questions cover such areas as the following: alarm systems; automatic smoke/fire detectors; automatic sprinklers; standpipes; dealing with building owners and managers; fire hazards; fire prevention education; and inspection of buildings.
2. Firefighting practices and equipment
These questions test for a knowledge of firefighting methods, principles, practices, and equipment. The questions cover such areas as the following: aspects of the Incident Management System; building materials and construction types; direction of subordinate firefighters; communications at emergency incidents; accountability; fire cause and origin; building inspections; extinguishing agents and application procedures; fire behavior characteristics; fire suppression; hand and power tools; hazardous materials; weapons of mass destruction; hoses, nozzles, and water streams; ladders and elevating platforms; self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA); fire scene size-up; and ventilation.
3. On-the-job training of fire personnel
These questions test for a knowledge of the principles and practices of on-the-job training of fire personnel. The questions cover such areas as determining the necessity for training, selecting appropriate training methods, overcoming obstacles to learning, and evaluating the effectiveness of training.
4. Preparing written material
These questions test for the ability to present information clearly and accurately, and to organize paragraphs logically and comprehensibly. For some questions, you will be given information in two or three sentences followed by four restatements of the information. You must then choose the best version. For other questions, you will be given paragraphs with their sentences out of order. You must then choose, from four suggestions, the best order for the sentences.
5. Rescue techniques and basic emergency medical response
These questions test for a knowledge of rescue techniques and basic emergency medical treatment. You will be presented with brief descriptions of various fire, rescue, and personal injury and illness situations. Each situation will be followed by one or more questions that cover such areas as the following: triage; bleeding; broken bones; burns; respiratory failure; cardiac failure; rescue-related tools; knot tying; rescue and associated EMS equipment.
These questions test for knowledge of the principles and practices employed in planning, organizing, and controlling the activities of a work unit toward predetermined objectives. The concepts covered, usually in a situational question format, include such topics as assigning and reviewing work; evaluating performance; maintaining work standards; motivating and developing subordinates; implementing procedural change; increasing efficiency; and dealing with problems of absenteeism, morale, and discipline.
TEST GUIDE: The New York State Department of Civil Service has not prepared a test guide for this examination. However, candidates may find information in the publication, "How to Take a Written Test" helpful in preparing for this test. This publication is available on line at: http://www.cs.ny.gov/testing/localtestguides.cfm
CALCULATORS: The use of a calculator is PROHIBITED on this examination. You may not bring books or other reference materials. You may not bring cellular phones, beepers, pagers, or headphones.
APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: Applications and credit card payment forms may be obtained in person from the Onondaga County Department of Personnel, by mail (include a self-addressed, stamped envelope) or downloaded at www.ongov.net/employment/document_center
APPLICATION FEE: Although a separate application is required for each examination number, candidates applying for more than one examination may pay all fees with a single check/money order or credit card form. You may pay by check, money order or by VISA, MasterCard, or Discover, payable to “Chief Fiscal Officer”. Cash will be accepted only if paying in person. Payment must accompany your application(s) (indicate examination number(s) on your check or money order). We do not accept applications by fax.
APPLICATION FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE. You are, therefore, urged to carefully compare your qualifications with the requirements for admission and file only for those examinations for which you are clearly qualified. If proofs (i.e. copy of license, certification, or transcript) are required, be sure that they accompany your application. If you want “Proof That You Submitted Your Application and/or Examination Fee”, ask for a receipt or, if mailing your application, enclose a stamped, self-addressed envelope and request a receipt.
NOTE: A bounced check fee will be charged to you for any checks returned. Unless such fees are paid in full, you will not be permitted to participate in any examination(s) or be considered for appointment from resultant eligible lists. In addition, any subsequent application fees will not be refunded unless all such fees are paid in full.
APPLICATION FEE WAIVER: Candidates who can certify that they are unemployed and primarily responsible for the support of a household, or are receiving public assistance, or are Onondaga County residents who have or are now honorably serving in the Armed Forces, National Guard or Reserves - must submit with their application an Application Fee Waiver Request and Certification form located in our office or on our website:www.ongov.net/employment/document_center
ADDITIONAL CREDIT TO CHILDREN OF FIREFIGHTERS AND POLICE OFFICERS KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY:
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, please inform this office of this matter when you submit your application for examination.
VETERAN CREDITS: War veterans applying for additional credit must submit a copy of their DD-214 (discharge papers) with their application for examination or by one month following the date of examination. Veteran’s Credit Instructions and Application Forms are available in person from the Onondaga County Department of Personnel or downloaded at www.ongov.net/employment/document_center.
APPLICATION DEADLINE POLICY: All applications along with application fees or proofs of waiver must be submitted to the Onondaga County Department of Personnel before the close of business at 4:30 p.m. on the date of last file as listed on the Examination announcement. Applications received via U.S. Mail will be accepted only if postmarked on or before the Application Deadline. Applications that are received through inter-office mail after the Application Deadline or that are submitted to any other department, office or agency and are not received in the Department of Personnel by the Application Deadline will not be accepted.
MILITARY APPLICANTS: In accordance with Section 243 of Military Law, military personnel serving on active duty in the armed forces of the United States during the filing period may be permitted to file an application for the examination after the application deadline date, but prior to the scheduled date of the examination. Contact the Onondaga County Personnel Department at (315)435-3537 for further information.
EXAM NOTICE: Candidates found eligible will be notified when and where to appear for examination. If you have not received notice of the examination location three (3) days prior to the examination, contact the Examination Unit at 435-3537. If an application is disapproved, due notice will be sent. Reasons for disapproval may be discussed with the reviewer.
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EXAM ACCOMMODATIONS: If you desire accommodation at the exam site due to disability, please indicate the disability and desired conditions necessary to accommodate your disability on the application or on a paper attached firmly to your application.
RELIGIOUS ACCOMMODATION: Applicants whose religious beliefs prevent them from taking examinations on the scheduled date should indicate the need for special arrangements on their application.
EXAM RATING: When the written examination is prepared and rated by the New York State Department of Civil Service in accordance with Section 23-2 of the Civil Service Law, the provision of the New York State Civil Service Rules and Regulations will apply.
ELIGIBLE LIST: Eligible lists are established, on average, within three months after the examination date. In accordance with the New York State Civil Service Law, an eligible list must remain in existence for one year from the date of its establishment. When the eligible list is established you will be able to view the current eligible list and your status on-line by going to our website at Civil Service Exam Test Results www.ongov.net/employment/ranking
CANDIDATE FITNESS: Inquires may be made as to character and ability of all candidates. All statements made by candidates are subject to verification. Falsification of any part of the “Application for Employment” may result in disqualification and possible legal action.
MULTIPLE EXAMINATIONS SCHEDULED FOR THE SAME DAY: If you have applied to take a written test announced by either one or several local jurisdictions (county, town, city) scheduled to be held on the same test date as this written test, you must notify each of the local jurisdictions no later than two weeks before the test date, so they can make arrangements for taking all tests at one test site. All examinations for positions in State government will be held at a State examination center.
Onondaga County Cross Filer Notification Forms are available in our office or online at www.ongov.net/Employment/document_center. Send completed form to Onondaga County Dept. of Personnel, 421 Montgomery St 13th Fl, Syracuse NY 13202 OR FAX 315-435-8272 OR call 315-435-3537.
CHANGE OF ADDRESS: It is the responsibility of the candidate to notify the Onondaga County Personnel Department in writing of any change in address. Address change forms are available in the Personnel Department during normal office hours or online at www.ongov.net/employment/document_center
MILITARY MAKE-UP EXAMINATION: Any member of the armed forces of the United States who has filed an application to compete in a scheduled competitive examination but is deprived of the opportunity to compete in the examination due to ACTIVE MILITARY DUTY can be provided with a special military make-up examination upon written request to the Onondaga County Personnel Department. The applicant must submit a copy of military orders, DD214, or other official military document that substantiates active military service at the time of the examination. Request must be no later than sixty (60) days after release from active duty.
PRE-EMPLOYMENT DRUG TESTING / BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION: May be required for appointment or promotion.
SENIORITY RATING: Seniority points will be added on promotional exam scores to all passing candidates. Seniority rating is based on the length of continuous classified service in the jurisdiction in which you are employed as follows:
Less than 1 year = 0 points
1 year, up to 6 years = 1 point
Over 6 years, up to 11 years = 2 points
Over 11 years, up to 16 years = 3 points
Over 16 years, up to 21 years = 4 points
Over 21 years = 5 points
Seniority points will be calculated at the time of examination.