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WESTCHESTER COUNTY
CIVIL SERVICE CAREER
OPPORTUNITIES

County Service · Westchester Medical Center · Towns · Villages · School Districts

Special Districts · Cities of Peekskill & Rye

Last Filing Date: 1/26/15

Date Posted: 12/23/14

JBCL: 0106

Revised: 12/26/14

Exam #: 65-061

Exam Date: 03/28/15

FIREFIGHTER

Towns, Villages, Special Districts, Cities of Peekskill & Rye

A NON-REFUNDABLE $100.00 APPLICATION FEE IS REQUIRED FOR THIS EXAMINATION.  SEE APPLICATION FILING FEE STATEMENT ON LAST SECTION OF ANNOUNCEMENT.

Westchester County is only accepting applications submitted online for the 2015 Firefighter examination.  Paper Applications will not be accepted.

TO APPLY ONLINE VISIT WWW.WESTCHESTERGOV.COM/HR

Candidates may use computers available at Westchester County One-Stop Employment Center located at 120 Bloomingdale Rd, White Plains or local libraries in Westchester County to complete the online application.  The non-refundable application processing fee must be paid online using a credit card.  (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express and Pre-paid cards are accepted.  Please call 914-995-2388 if you have any questions).

SALARY

Varies with Jurisdiction

RESIDENCE

There are no residence requirements to participate in the examination, but preference in appointment may be given to eligibles that have been residents in the appointing jurisdiction for 30 days prior to the examination and at time of appointment.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

There are no minimum requirements to participate in this exam.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:

AGE:  Eligibility for appointment begins when candidates reach their 18th birthday.

EDUCATION:  At the time of appointment, possession of either a high school diploma, a high school equivalency diploma issued by any state department or a report from the United States armed forces certifying completion of the tests of general educational development, high school level. 

DRIVER'S LICENSE:  Possession of a valid license to operate a motor vehicle in the State of New York at the time of appointment.

PHYSICAL AND MEDICAL TESTS:  Candidates must pass qualifying medical and physical fitness screening tests consistent with NFPA 1582 standards, prior to appointment.

TRAINING REQUIREMENT: Completion of the authorized training course for Firefighter and receipt of the appropriate training certificate within 18 months of the date of hire before permanent appointment can be granted.

SPECIAL NOTE:  Some fire departments and/or fire districts may require candidates to attain EMT status by the end of the probationary period.

Please Note: The last date to file for this examination is 1/26/2015.  Your completed application form and application filing fee must be submitted online by 11:59 p.m. on the last filing date.  The non-refundable application processing fee must be paid online using a credit card.

DUTIES

This work is of a hazardous nature, involving responsibility for fire fighting and prevention, salvage and rescue operations and requires mental acuity and physical stamina in the performance of duties.  Fire fighting and fire prevention duties are performed under the direct supervision of superior officers.  Routine maintenance work and custodial work on the station house and equipment is performed under general supervision and inspected upon completion.  Does related work as required.

VACANCIES

The eligible list established as a result of this examination will be utilized, where appropriate, for filling any current or future vacancies in all agencies under the jurisdiction of the Westchester County Department of Human Resources.

Appointment to one department from this eligible list results in ineligibility for certification of a candidate’s name to other departments.

SUBJECT OF EXAMINATION

WRITTEN TEST is designed to test for knowledge, skills, and/or abilities in such areas as:

  1. Advising and interacting with others - These questions test for the ability to interact with other people, to gather and present information, and to provide assistance and advice in a courteous and professional manner.

  1. Using logical reasoning to draw valid conclusions - These questions test for the ability to examine true statements and logically evaluate conclusions based on the information in the statements.

  1. Mechanical reasoning - These questions will be accompanied by drawings or descriptions of various mechanical devices, such as gears, pulleys, levers, hand tools, and gauges. You will be required to demonstrate an understanding of how the devices work and the underlying mechanical principles involved. These devices are not limited to use in the fire service.

  1. Understanding and interpreting written material pertaining to fire - The questions in this subtest test how well the candidate comprehends written material. The candidate is provided with brief reading selections, followed by a set of alternative statements relating to each selection. The candidate is to indicate the most appropriate statement relating to the selection on the basis of whether it:

(a). accurately paraphrases portions of the selection; or (b). adequately summarizes the selection; or (c). presents an inference that can reasonably be drawn from the selection.

The reading selections are drawn from a variety of sources related to the fire fighting field. Knowledge of the subject matter of the reading selection is generally not related to successfully answering the questions.

A Guide for the Written Test for Firefighter is available at the New York State website:www.cs.ny.gov/testing/localtestguides.cfm . Candidates not having access to a computer or the internet may request copy of the test guide from the Westchester County Department of Human Resources, 148 Martine Avenue, Suite 100, White Plains, NY 10601.

24 months, the qualifying test may be waived.  Eligible Candidates must retest and satisfy the requirements of the Candidate Physical Ability Test again after the two (2) year period.

HOW TO APPLY

Westchester County is only accepting applications submitted online for the 2015 Firefighter examination.  Paper Applications will not be accepted.

TO APPLY ONLINE VISIT WWW.WESTCHESTERGOV.COM/HR

APPLICATION FILING FEE

A $100.00 APPLICATION FEE IS REQUIRED FOR THIS EXAMINATION.  THE NON-REFUNDABLE APPLICATION PROCESSING FEE MUST BE PAID ONLINE USING A CREDIT CARD.

APPLICATION FEES ARE NOT REFUNDABLE.  IF YOU ARE DISQUALIFIED FROM OR FAIL TO APPEAR FOR THE EXAMINATION, YOUR FEE IS NOT REFUNDED.  THEREFORE, WE URGE YOU TO COMPARE YOUR QUALIFICATIONS CAREFULLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION AND FILE ONLY FOR THOSE EXAMINATIONS FOR WHICH YOU ARE CLEARLY QUALIFIED.

THE APPLICATION FILING FEE IS SUBJECT TO BEING INCREASED WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE.

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