Fire Sergeant

Open only to Montgomery Fire Rescue Employees

Recruitment #19-CI8011-01

Nature of Work

The fundamental reason this job exists is to maintain and safely operate fire apparatus. This is skilled work in responding to fire alarms and fire emergencies and operating the fire apparatus at emergency scenes. Duties also include conducting and participating in continuing education and in-service on firefighting techniques, and lifesaving procedures, presenting training programs and drills for subordinates, companies or recruits, and performing or assigning public service activities, performing safety and operational inspections on vehicles and equipment, assigning the upkeep and maintenance of the apparatus, preparing reports and performing other related administrative tasks. A Fire Sergeant reports directly to a company officer who provides general supervision. At emergency incidents, the Sergeant is under the command of any officer of higher rank.

Minimum Qualifications

Must possess a valid AL Driver’s license and have (3) years’ experience as a Firefighter in the Montgomery Fire Department.  Must have obtained Instructor I state certification, must have completed Apparatus Operator (Pumper and Aerial Ladder), and NFA ICS 100, ICS 200 and ICS 700 classes by the first day of the assessment.

ALL SERGEANTS:  Effective October 01, 2020 ICS 300 and ICS 400, Engine Company Fireground Operations classes and MFR Ladder Company Fireground Operations will be mandatory to test for promotion to the rank of Sergeant.  
ADDITIONAL DIVISION REQUIREMENTS:
INSPECTIONS BUREAU:  Must have obtained Fire Inspector I certification from the Alabama Fire College.     INVESTIGATIONS BUREAU:  Must have obtained Inspector I certification from the Alabama Fire College.  Must complete R0206 Origin/Cause Investigations within 12 months after assignment to the Investigations Bureau.  
NOTE:  For ALS Pumper and Medic Truck Sergeant vacancies requiring a Paramedics License, those applicants who possess an EMT III Paramedics State License will be given preference.

Kind of Examination

How to apply

Complete an online application by visiting Montgomery City-County Personnel's Online Employment Center. Paper applications are no longer accepted. Completed applications will be accepted online until 5:00 p.m. on the closing date. If there is no closing date, the announcement may be closed at any time without prior notice.

Purpose of examination

The purpose of the exam is to establish an employment register to fill any vacancies for the classification that may occur over the life of the register.  If there are less than five qualified applicants, an examination will not be administered.  All candidates will be placed on the employment list.

Examination dates

All exercises of the selection procedure for the classification will be tentatively scheduled on Thursday, February 21, 2019 and Friday, February 22, 2019. Qualified candidates who apply to compete in the selection process will be notified in writing of specific dates, times, and locations at which to appear for the selection process.

Examination orientation

An orientation session will be held to familiarize candidates with the examination.  All qualifying candidates will have the opportunity to attend this session.  The sessions will be held on Thursday, February 7, 2019 and Friday, February 8, 2019 at 9 A.M. at the Personnel Office, 27 Madison Avenue. The orientation session is not mandatory.  A candidate orientation guide will be distributed at the meeting.  If you do not attend the orientation, you may obtain a guide after the date of the orientation at the front desk of the Montgomery City-County Personnel Department.

Examination description

The Fire Sergeant Exam is a two-part process in which eligible candidates will:

1) answer multiple-choice Written Exam questions regarding required job knowledge and

2) participate in several Work Sample (skills) exercises resembling skills in which they may be called upon to perform in emergency situations. 

Candidates are observed and evaluated in these situations or simulation exercises by trained assessors in a fair and impartial fashion. 

Performance dimensions

The Fire Sergeant Exam is based on a thorough job analysis which identifies the important work behaviors and associated knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) required of a Sergeant in the Montgomery Fire Department.

These KSAs were clustered into two performance or assessment dimensions:

1) Operations Knowledge and 2) Operations Skill.

Disqualification from competition

The Personnel Department and/or expert shall disqualify an applicant or candidate from competition upon determination that:

1.  The application was not received by the filing deadline.

2.  The applicant fails to meet the minimum qualifications specified in the announcement.

3.  The candidate fails to appear at the announced time and place for testing.

4.  The candidate is found to be cheating. Cheating involves any attempt by an individual or group to enhance test scores by means other than actual knowledge or ability, including but not limited to, efforts to give or receive information about the test content or correct responses before, after or during a test. 

Examples of cheating during a test would be:

a)    attempting to gain access to the test under false pretenses

b)    failing to follow instructions given by the test administrators or proctors

c)     talking to another candidate during the test

d)     removing or attempting to remove test materials from the test site

e)     leaving the testing room, holding room, or other location without permission from the test administrator

f)      attempting to use notes, hand held computers or calculators when instructed not to

g)     looking at another's test paper or answer sheet

h)     working on a test section after time has been called

i)      giving or receiving test information to or from another person The Personnel Department may not exercise discretion in waiving these requirements for qualification except as may be required by law in connection with military personnel called to active duty.

The Personnel Department will provide written notification of the disqualification and the reason for disqualification to the applicant or candidate within five (5) days from the determination of the disqualifying circumstance.

Additional Information

Montgomery Fire/Rescue employees who have completed their probationary period and meet the minimum qualifications are eligible to apply.


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