Fire Protection Specialist Trainee 1

Similar to Grade 13

New York State has approximately 143 positions* in this title statewide. You may view a breakdown of positions by county. This position exists in Homeland Security and Emergency Services, Div of. View links to all New York State agencies including agencies that have this title. For more information, New York State employees can contact the Career Mobility Office at (518) 485-6199 or (800) 553-1322. If you are not a current New York State employee, you can use the Department of Civil Service Web site to explore possible employment opportunities.

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Career Ladder

A listing of titles that are most commonly used as steps for upward mobility for this title series. The salary schedule for this career ladder is also available.

  1. Fire Protection Specialist Trainee 1

    Similar to Grade 13

  2. Fire Protection Specialist Trainee 2

    Similar to Grade 14

  3. Fire Protection Specialist 1

    Grade 18

  4. Fire Protection Specialist 2

    Grade 23

  5. Fire Protection Specialist 3

    Grade 27

Upon successful completion of 12 months as Fire Protection Specialist Trainee 1, you will automatically advance to Fire Protection Specialist Trainee 2.

Note on Traineeships: When current State employees with prior graded State service transition into traineeships, there will be cases where these individuals will be compensated at a higher rate than the hiring rate of the "equated salary grade" of a traineeship. Specifically, in these cases, the starting compensation of a traineeship will be the higher of either: 1) the hiring rate of the "equated salary grade;" or 2) an employee's current graded salary. For those current State employees with no prior graded service who transition into traineeships, these individuals will be compensated at the hiring rate of the "equated salary grade." Overall, because of the various intricacies associated with the State's salary mechanics, the Office of the State Comptroller should be consulted regarding the actual compensation paid to any State employee transiting to a traineeship.

Summary of Job Description

As a Fire Protection Specialist Trainee 1, you would be required to serve a traineeship consisting of classroom training and on-the-job work experience. During your first year, you would be required to obtain certification as a Fire Instructor 1 and Hazardous Materials Technician. Upon successfully completing one year as a Trainee 1, you would be advanced to Fire Protection Specialist Trainee 2. A Fire Protection Specialist Trainee 2 will also participate in classroom training and learn through performing tasks on-the-job. You will also be required to obtain certification in two of the following: Fire Investigator 1, Code Enforcement Official, Structural Collapse Rescue Technician, Fire Officer 1, Hazardous Materials Advanced Technician, or Fire Instructor 2.

After successful completion of the traineeship or by appointment from the Fire Protection Specialist 1 eligible list and depending upon your assignment, your responsibilities would include one or more of the following: developing and executing New York State's fire, arson, life safety and emergency responder training programs; developing training curriculum, aids and standards; delivering emergency responder and public fire safety training; conducting technical rescue and hazard mitigation operations; inspecting buildings and complex structures to determine compliance with applicable codes, standards and regulations; investigating fires, preparing cases for prosecution and testifying in court. You may also serve as a liaison to county Fire Coordinators; develop and produce fire safety education programs and publications; respond to emergencies and disasters statewide and provide technical assistance; provide consultative services on code compliance issues and fire/life safety improvements; provide staff support to various statewide commissions and councils; and function as a member of the Urban/Technical Search and Rescue Team (UTSAR).

There is no classification standard available at this time for this title. For additional information regarding other titles this will bring you to the NYS Title and Salary Plan. If there is a classification standard available there will be a link under the column labeled STD NO. If no link is available there is no classification standard available at this time for that title.

Summary of Minimum Qualifications

Please note: qualifications for this position may be subject to change. If substitutions for education and/or experience are allowed, this information would be available on the announcement.

You must take and pass a Civil Service examination in order to be considered for this position.

On or before the date of the examination, you must have:

Either 1: three years of full-time, paid experience as a firefighter in a fire department, military fire department, or industrial fire brigade. Experience must have been obtained on or after January 1, 2005.

Or 2: six years of experience as a volunteer firefighter or firefighter trainer. Experience must be obtained on or after January 1, 2005.

For informational purposes only, click on the examination number(s) listed below to see the current or previous examination(s) that are used to fill this title.


How to Apply

When this examination is scheduled to be held, the announcement can be found on the Department of Civil Service, Examination Announcements web page. If you do not see an examination currently scheduled please check back on a monthly basis or sign up for announcement notification by email so that you will automatically be notified when new examinations are being offered.

Career Mobility

Career mobility is not just limited to the titles in the Career Ladder, above. Additional movement may be achieved through other examinations, additional education and/or work experience or transfer opportunities. For additional information or clarification of transfer determinations, current State employees should contact the Career Mobility Office. Visit ELMS Online to view established open-competitive, promotion, and transition eligible lists. If you are not a current New York State employee, see Employment Opportunities with New York State and find out how to become a New York State employee.

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