Exam Announcement Details
Exam Title Firefighter (General) (Bilingual)
Exam Number 6B01-20190506-OC-99
Salary $54,856 - $76,187 Starting Salary - New employees will be appointed at the first step in the pay range for this class.
Announcement Date 05/06/2019
Close Date 07/26/2019
This is fire fighting and rescue work, controlling and extinguishing fires using a variety of specialized equipment and techniques, evacuating persons from areas of danger, and performing emergency treatment. Work includes inspecting multi-occupancy and commercial buildings for fire hazards and violations of the Fire Code, and instructing the public on the principles of fire prevention. Work is performed under the general supervision of a fire officer. Assignments are stable in nature and are carried out in accordance with standard departmental practices and general work instructions. Employees work together in fire companies or rescue squads performing general fire fighting and rescue duties in assigned geographic areas of the city. The dangers inherent in the work represent conditions which can be only partially controlled through preventive measures. Work requires moderate physical effort when using hoseline, ladders and tools, and when performing rescues.
Union Code F. Firefighters (IAFF)
FLSA Code Non-Exempt
Minimum Training, Education & Experience
The following statement represents the minimum training and experience standards which will be used to admit or reject applicants for tests.
ANTICIPATED ELIGIBILITY - Candidates who meet all eligibility requirements by December 31, 2019 will be admitted to this examination. Successful candidates will be placed on the eligible list, but may not be hired or promoted until all requirements have been satisfied.
1. EDUCATION - Education equivalent to completion of the twelfth school grade.
2. ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENT ONLY FOR CANDIDATES CLAIMING BILINGUAL FLUENCY FOR THE BILINGUAL SPECIALTY - Sufficient training and/or experience to be able to converse, understand, and speak fluently and clearly in English and the designated non-English language.
Both Bilingual and Non-Bilingual candidates are eligible to apply!
Physical & Medical Requirements
Ability to physically perform the duties and to work in the environmental conditions required of a position in this class.
Required Licenses & Certifications
Possession of a valid proper class motor vehicle operator's license as issued by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania prior to appointment and during tenure of employment as a Firefighter.
Possession of State Certification as an emergency medical technician by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania upon completion of training and during tenure of employment as a Firefighter.
If you want to claim veteran's preference, legacy preference, volunteer service preference and/or want to qualify for points for an Associate's Degree in Fire Science, you MUST submit documentation. This documentation may include a copy of your DD214 Member-4, legacy documentation, volunteer service letter, and/or official college transcript.
It is an absolute requirement that you meet the requirements for the preferences and/or points by September 14, 2019 AND provide this documentation by September 14, 2019. It is Optional whether you provide this documentation by attaching it to this application or submitting via email, mail or fax by September 14, 2019. Your options are further explained below:
Option 1 - Upload an official copy of your documentation and attach to this application - Good for this application and all future applications!
You may upload the documentation into your account, and attach to this application. Once uploaded to your account, the documentation may be attached to all future applications. This will save you time and money if you apply for an examination in the future. This also ensures that your documentation will not be misplaced.
Your documentation should be uploaded and attached to your application before it is submitted. It cannot be uploaded or added to your application electronically after your application has been submitted.
Option 2 - Submit an official copy of your documentation via email, mail or fax - One time use only!
If you submit the required documentation via email, mail or fax, it will be used for this application only. You will have to submit the documentation again whenever you apply for an examination in the future. Copies of the documentation will not be retained and will not be returned to applicants.
Email Address: (see application details)
Fax: (see application details)
City of Philadelphia
Office of Human Resources
1401 J.F. Kennedy Boulevard, Room 1530
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Attention: Laura Knox
The City of Philadelphia is an Equal Opportunity employer and does not permit discrimination based on race, ethnicity, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, marital status, source of income, familial status, genetic information or domestic or sexual violence victim status. If you believe you were discriminated against, call the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations at (see application details) or send an email to (see application details). For more information, go to: www.phila.gov/humanrelations
The City of Philadelphia is committed to ensuring access to Civil Service examinations by providing appropriate accommodations for candidates with documented medical or religious reasons. Candidates may request an accommodation for a Civil Service examination by contacting the Equal Employment Opportunity / Affirmative Action Unit of the Mayor's Office of Labor Relations at (see application details). The accommodation process is interactive and requires cooperation and communication between the applicant requesting a test accommodation and the EEO Unit. Decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis using the required documentation that is submitted. Requests are to be made in a timely manner prior to the scheduled date of the Civil Service examination.
As a condition of employment with the City, any person offered employment shall be required to certify that such person either is fully current on any and all debts, taxes, fees, judgments, claims, and other accounts and obligations due and owing to the City; or has voluntarily entered into a payment agreement with the City. For so long as the person is employed by the City, the amount of the payment as set forth in the payment agreement (not to exceed, for any pay period, twenty percent (20%) of the person's gross pay for such period, without the person's consent) shall be withheld from each paycheck until such payment agreement is fully satisfied.
Such person shall also be required to certify as a condition of employment that he or she is fully current on any and all debts, taxes, fees, judgments, claims, and other accounts and obligations due and owing to the Philadelphia Gas Works ( PGW ) or has voluntarily entered into a payment agreement with PGW .
Failure to enter into a payment agreement shall result in the cancellation of the appointment and removal from the certification. The name of the eligible candidate will be returned to the eligible list.
Only an on-line application will be accepted for this exam. Paper applications will not be accepted.
Computers are available in the 3-1-1 Walk-In Center located in Room 167 of City Hall (Weekdays from 9 AM to 5 PM) and at your local Philadelphia Free Library branch.
For inquiries regarding City employment, contact the Office of Human Resources Monday through Friday between 8 AM and 4 PM by telephone at (see application details) or by email at (see application details)
ALL Applications must be received by the end of business on July 26, 2019.
Your application will be rejected and you will be disqualified from competing in this examination if you:
1) Do not provide your complete and accurate social security number.
2) Attempt to practice fraud or deception in the preparation of this application
All correspondence and notifications will be sent to your e-mail address or postal address listed in the contact information (address, phone #, e-mail) of your account profile. Your contact information will be automatically updated each time you submit an application for employment . It is your responsibility to change your contact information and to ensure that it is correct
If you provide an e-mail address, all correspondence regarding this examination will be sent to you by e-mail. You should add (see application details) to your address book or list of trusted contacts to prevent notices from being marked as spam by your e-mail provider.
Please call the Office of Human Resources at (see application details) or email (see application details) if you have any questions.
Information concerning employment with the City of Philadelphia may be found at:
Notes to Applicants
OPEN - COMPETITIVE - Only an open competitive eligible list will be established as a result of this examination. Permanent City employees will receive no promotional preference in this examination.
Candidates who pass the exam and are placed on the civil service list will be retained on the list for a minimum of one year and a maximum of two years after the establishment of the Eligible List.
RESIDENCY REQUIREMENT - Philadelphia residency is not required at the time of application. Once hired, employees have six months to move into the City of Philadelphia.
PREFERENCE FOR PHILADELPHIA RESIDENTS - Candidates who have maintained a bona fide residence in Philadelphia for at least one year prior to the date of the civil service examination shall have priority over all other persons receiving an identical test score. If you have maintained a bona fide residence in Philadelphia for at least one year immediately preceding September 14, 2019, you are eligible to claim residency preference.
Your response to the residency question will be used to determine eligibility for residency preference. Documentation of residence may be required if there is any question as to whether you meet the residency preference requirements.
U.S. VETERAN'S PREFERENCE - Ten points for veteran's preference will be added to the scores of eligible veterans who apply for open competitive tests and pass the examination. You must be honorably discharged from the U.S. armed forces by September 14, 2019.
Please attach a DD214 Member-4 to your application if you wish your eligibility to be reviewed. Spouses of disabled or deceased veterans may also be considered.
LEGACY PREFERENCE - The children or grandchildren of Philadelphia Firefighters or Police Officers who were killed or died in the line of duty shall be accorded a preference in open competitive civil service entrance examinations. Candidates who qualify for this preference by September 14, 2019 and who take and pass open competitive civil service examinations shall have ten points added to their final score. The candidate must successfully pass all parts of the examination before points are awarded.
NATIONAL VOLUNTEER SERVICE PREFERENCE - Up to 5 additional points will be added to the examination score of any candidate who has passed the open competitive examination and who has:
A. Successfully completed a term of volunteer service with Peace Corps, AmeriCorps NCCC (including FEMA Corps), or AmeriCorps VISTA
Such candidates will be awarded five (5) points for the completion of a two-year term of service or three (3) points for the completion of a one year term of service.
B. Successfully completed at least 450 hours of service with AmeriCorps State and National (including Teach for America).
Such candidates will have:
- 1 point added to their final score if they have completed 450 Hours of the above service.
- 2 points added to their final score if they have completed 675 Hours of the above service.
- 3 points added to their final score if they have completed 900 Hours of the above service.
- 5 points added to their final score if they have completed 1700 Hours of the above service.
The candidate must meet the criteria above by September 14, 2019 and successfully pass all parts of the examination before points are awarded.
ADDITIONAL CREDITS FOR THE FIREFIGHTER EXAMINATION :
1. Any employee permanently allocated to one of the classes in the Fire Service Paramedic series (6B22-6B26, 6B30) with five (5) or more years of service in the Fire Service Paramedic series of classes with the City of Philadelphia by September 14, 2019 who takes and passes the open competitive examination for the class of Firefighter shall have an additional ten (10) points added to his or her examination score.
2. Any employee currently allocated to the class of Emergency Medical Technician with five (5) or more years of service as an Emergency Medical Technician with the City of Philadelphia by September 14, 2019 who takes and passes the open competitive examination for the class of Firefighter shall have an additional ten (10) points added to his or her examination score.
3. Additional points will be added to the examination score of any candidate who passed the open competitive examination and who has successfully completed:
- The Philadelphia Fire Department's Fire Explorer Cadet Program;
- A Philadelphia High School Fire & EMS Training curriculum;
- An Associate's Degree in Fire Science from an accredited college or university
Such candidates will be awarded:
- Three (3) points for the successful completion of the Philadelphia Fire Department's Fire Explorer Cadet program that has included a minimum of 160 hours of training offered by the Philadelphia Fire Department, a minimum of 100 additional hours of community service, and has passed 80% of quizzes and examinations throughout a single training period and/or
- Three (3) points for successful completion of a Philadelphia High School Fire & Emergency Medical Services ( EMS ) Training curriculum and/or
- Three (3) points for the successful completion of an Associate's Degree in Fire Science from an accredited college or university.
No more than six (6) additional points may be awarded under this regulation.
Candidates must possess the credentials above by September 14, 2019 AND must submit the required documentation no later than September 14, 2019.
Requests for additional points submitted after September 14, 2019 will not be approved.
CANDIDATES FOR BILINGUAL SPECIALTY - When a single examination is announced to fill positions both in the bilingual specialty of a class and in another specialty of the same class, all candidates must take and pass all weighted parts of the same examination. All candidates who pass the weighted parts of the examination will be placed on the combined eligible list and will be eligible to fill positions in the specialty that does not require fluency in a Non-English language or in American Sign Language.
Candidates who applied for the bilingual specialty who have passed all weighted parts of the examination will be required to pass a qualifying examination as verification of their ability to communicate fluently in a Non-English language or in American Sign Language. Candidates who pass the qualifying examination will be identified on the eligible list as bilingual - fluency verified in a specified language or languages. Such candidates will be eligible to fill positions for the bilingual specialty.
Candidates who fail the bilingual qualifying examination will not be eligible to fill positions in the bilingual specialty, but will remain on the eligible list and will be eligible to fill positions in the specialty that does not require fluency in a Non-English language or in American Sign Language.
ADDITIONAL CREDITS ON EXAMINATIONS FOR BILINGUAL SPECIALTY - Candidates who have successfully passed all other parts of the open competitive examination for this class who have verified ability to communicate fluently in any non-English language or in American Sign Language will have 3 points added to their final score
Only those competitors who have a passing grade in an examination shall receive additional credits to which they may be entitled. A maximum of three points may be awarded for each examination.
To receive the additional points, the candidate must respond affirmatively that he or she is fluent in a Non-English language or in American Sign Language while preparing the application for each examination or submit a written request for the additional points for each examination at any time prior to the administration of the first part of the examination.
The Office of Human Resources will verify the candidates' ability to communicate fluently in the non-English language or languages or in American Sign Language).
ABOUT THE FIREFIGHTER EXAMINATION -
The Philadelphia Fire Department has contracted with Fire & Police Selection, Inc. ( FPSI ) to develop and validate the 2019 entry-level Firefighter written test.
This test will consist of 110 multiple-choice test items. The first 50 items will measure reading ability and the final 60 items will measure different human relations skills.
There is no required study guide for this test.
For this testing process, you are being given access to a Candidate Orientation Guide as well as Candidate Orientation videos. These are for informational purposes only.
The Candidate Orientation Guide describes the components that will be tested in the entry-level firefighter written test and will provide practice test items. The Philadelphia Fire Department has also offered a video series to candidates, free of charge. The video clips describe the different components that will be tested on the written test, along with tips on how to prepare for each section of the test.
FPSI cannot guarantee that reviewing the guide or watching the videos will result in a passing written test score. However, candidates who review the guide and videos will have a better understanding of the type of test questions found on the Firefighter written test.
You have access to login to the Orientation Guide and Videos up to the date of the Firefighter written test administration, September 14, 2019. You can access the Candidate Orientation Guide and Videos via this link:
Projected Exam Date
This written examination is tentatively scheduled for September 14, 2019. Please note that this examination date is subject to change.
BILINGUAL CANDIDATES ONLY - Candidates who pass the written examination and have claimed bilingual fluency shall be notified to appear for the qualifying bilingual oral examination in such numbers and at such times as determined to be necessary.
Virtual Testing May Be Utilized for the Qualifying Bilingual Oral Examination -
Candidates taking the bilingual oral examination may have their responses rated in person by a panel of Subject Matter Experts on the date of the examination, or have their responses recorded on the date of the examination and rated by Subject Matter Experts at a later date. Please refer all questions regarding this examination to the analyst listed below on the announcement.
An Eligible List is expected to be established by November 8, 2019. Please note that this date may change.
For the Written Exam
In accordance with Civil Service Regulation 9.091D, candidates may review their answer sheets and other test papers to determine if they have been scored correctly or if there has been an irregularity in the administration of the examination. Candidates will have 30 days after the results have been mailed to review their test. Call (see application details) if you wish to schedule a test review.
For The Qualifying Bilingual Examination
In accordance with Civil Service Regulation 9.091D, candidates may review their answer sheets and other test papers to determine if they have been scored correctly or if there has been an irregularity in the administration of the examination. Candidates will have 30 days after the results have been mailed to review their test and to file a written appeal. Call (see application details) if you wish to schedule a test review.
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Parts & Weights
Part Written Multiple-Choice Examination
Parts & Weights
Part Qualifying Oral Examination for Bilingual Candidates Only