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Examination Fire Captain Promotional Examination #71-411




                PROMOTIONAL EXAMINATION #71-411

DATE OF EXAMINATION:    Saturday, JUNE 25, 2016  

PLACE OF EXAMINATION:   AB Davis Middle SchoolMount Vernon, New York @ 8:30 A.M.

APPLICATION CLOSING DATE:    MAY 19, 2016 at 3:00pm –no exceptions

SALARY:             $111,840.00

This examination is being given for the purpose of establishing an eligible list to fill vacancies as they occur in the City of Mount Vernon Fire Department.

REQUIREMENTS FOR TAKING THE EXAM:  Must have served in the Mount Vernon Fire Department on a permanent basis for one year and three months as a Fire Lieutenant immediately preceding the date of the written examination.

REQUIREMENTS FOR APPOINTMENT: Must have served in the Mount Vernon Fire Department on a permanent basis for a period of two years as a Fire Lieutenant immediately preceding the date of appointment AND must currently be a certified New York State Emergency Medical Technician-D.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:  Good knowledge of modern firefighting and prevention methods; ability to lay out work for subordinates and to maintain discipline; ability to recognize fire hazards and fire code violations; good knowledge of the geography of the City; thorough knowledge of first-aid methods; thoroughness; reliability; and physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position.

EXAMPLES OF WORK: Supervises; assists and personally performs work common to firefighting; inspects property at the scene of fires to prevent re-ignition; supervises the cleaning; checking and replacement of tools and equipment after a fire; inspects buildings for fire hazards and fire code violations; maintains discipline; makes daily reports of personnel activities; trains and drills subordinates; performs such other related and incidental duties as may be assigned to them by the Fire Chief or Station Commander.

SUBJECTS OF EXAMINATION: The written test will cover knowledge, skills and/or abilities in the following areas:

  • FIRE PREVENTION;                    


1) Administrative supervision – These questions test for knowledge of the principles and practices involved in directing the activities of a large subordinate staff, including subordinate supervisors.   Questions relate to the personal interactions between an upper level supervisor and his/her subordinate supervisors in the accomplishment of objectives.  These questions cover such areas as assigning work to and coordinating the activities of several units, establishing and guiding staff development programs, evaluating the performance of subordinate supervisors, and maintaining relationships with other organizational sections.

2) 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.

3) 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.

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 will 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) Principles and practices of staff development and training – These questions test for the knowledge and abilities used to develop and deliver training.  They address topics such as the assessment of training needs; instructional design; training methods and techniques; the use of training aids, materials, and technology; motivation; learning theory; classroom management; the evaluation of learning outcomes; and the usage of training and related data.                                                              

6) 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; respiratory failure; cardiac failure; rescue-related tools; know typing; rescue and associated EMS equipment.          

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:

Calculators are prohibited FOR THIS EXAMINATION.            

Candidates are required to attain a final average rating of 70 in order to be eligible to have their name placed on the eligible list established as a result of this examination. This examination is announced and will be rated in accordance with Section 23-2 of the Civil Service Law.  The provisions of the New York State Civil Service Law, Rules and Regulations dealing with the rating of examinations will apply to this examination. Life on the list will be stated at the time the list is established.

SENIORITY CREDITS: One point will be given for each creditable five-year period to the date of the examination. ONLY MONTHS WILL BE COMPUTED (Days will not be computed):

Less than 1 year……………………………0 points           Over 16 years and up to 21 years……………4 points

1 year up to 6 years………………………..1 point            Over 21 years and up to 26 years……………5 points

Over 6 years and up to 11 years…………2 points          Over 26 years and up to 31 years……………6 points

Over 11 years and up to 16 years……….3 points

Rating of seniority is based on the length of continuous competitive class service in the Mt. Vernon Fire Department.

Any applicant wishing to claim Veteran’s Credits must do so at the time of filing his/her application. You must submit form MSB-332 VP-1 along with your DD214 Discharge papers.

APPLICATION FEE: A $25.00 NON-REFUNDABLE FILING FEE IS REQUIRED FOR THIS EXAMINATION FOR MT. VERNON RESIDENTS. THE NON-REFUNDABLE APPLICATIONS FEE FOR NON-RESIENTS IF $75.00.      The applicable fee is required and must accompany your application.  If your application is received without the required fee, it will be considered incomplete and you will not be admitted to the examination.  Only MONEY ORDERS will be accepted for the applications fee.  The money order should be made payable to the City of Mount Vernon and be sure to write the examination number on the money order. CASH OR CHECKS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. Because NO REFUND will be made, you are urged to compare your qualifications carefully with the requirements for admission.

Applications are available in the Mount Vernon Municipal Civil Service Commission Office Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM or send a self-addressed, legal-sized envelope to the Civil Service Commission, Room 103 – City Hall, One Roosevelt Square, Mount Vernon, NY 10550. Applicants may also obtain applications from the City of Mount Vernon’s website at All applications must be returned to the Civil Service Commission Office on or before the application deadline date. Applications received via mail will not be accepted if postmarked after the closing date deadline of May 19, 2016.

RELIGIOUS OBSERVERS AND DISABLED PERSONS:  If special arrangements for testing are required, please indicate this on your application and submit on a separate sheet of paper and attach it to your application at time of submission.  You will be notified of the alternate test date which will take place in City Hall.

ALTERNATE TEST DATE POLICY: Alternate test(s) date(s) may be arranged upon review of the circumstances according to the alternate Test Date Policy adopted April 14, 2008 by the Civil Service Commission. Under specific circumstances an alternate test date may be arranged.  Your request with written documentation must be received in the Mt. Vernon Civil Service office no later than two (2) weeks preceding the examination.  If an emergency prevents you from appearing for the examination, please notify the Civil Service office in writing no later than the Friday before the test date and provide verifiable documentation of the reason.  A determination will be made as to if an alternate test date will be scheduled.

It is the responsibility of the candidate to notify the Civil Service Office of any change in name or address.

No attempt will be made to locate candidates who have moved.