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State of New Jersey, Civil Service Commission
Governor Chris Christie • Lt.Governor Kim Guadagno
 
 
  1. How often does the CSC hold tests for entry-level Fire Fighters?
  2. When will the new test be held?
  3. Where can I find the announcement and application for the entry-level Fire Fighter exam?
  4. What does it cost to apply for the entry-level Fire Fighter exam?
  5. Why does it cost $35 to apply for the entry-level Fire Fighter exam?
  6. What happens to the lists of eligible candidates from the previous entry-level Fire Fighter test when the new lists from the current exam are released?
  7. Will candidates who passed the previous entry-level Fire Fighter exam be able to carry over their scores to the current exam?
  8. What is my Applicant ID number?
  9. How can I get veterans preference?
  10. Once I take it, may I review the test?
  11. If I pass the test, will you tell me my rank on the list?
  12. What is an Eligible List?
  13. When will I be scheduled for the physical performance test?
  14. What is a certification?
  15. Who does the actual hiring?
  16. Does being certified mean I’ll be interviewed or appointed?
  17. What about tied scores?
  18. Do veterans get preference?
  19. Do children of Fire Fighters killed in the line of duty get preference?
  20. Do volunteer Fire Fighters receive extra points?
  21. How do I show that I’m a volunteer Fire Fighter?
  22. Can you show an example of how Volunteer Points and Residency Preference works?

  1. How often does the CSC hold tests for entry-level Fire Fighters?
    A new Job Analysis (JA) for the entry-level Fire Fighter position was completed in early 2015.  The new Fire Fighter announcement will be posted on July 1, 2015 and will be open through August 31, 2015.  Please monitor our website for more information as it becomes available.

    The current Fire Fighter lists issued on December 12, 2011.  These lists were extended in December 2013 and again in December 2014 and remain active until December 2015.

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  2. When will the new test be held?
    The written test is now projected for the fall of 2015.  A pass/fail performance test will be conducted at the time of certification beginning in the spring of 2016.  The CSC website will be updated as more specific information becomes available.

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  3. Where can I find the announcement and application for the entry-level Fire Fighter exam?
    Both the announcement and application (on-line only) will be available on the CSC website on July 1, 2015.

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  4. What does it cost to apply for the entry-level Fire Fighter exam?
    The application fee for the Fire Fighter examination is $35. For more information about fees and exemptions, visit the CSC website:
    9 Steps to a New Career.

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  5. Why does it cost $35 to apply for the entry-level Fire Fighter exam?
    The application fee helps to offset the cost of the Fire Fighter testing. The expenses associated with Fire Fighter testing are very high and include rental of dozens of facilities throughout the state on multiple dates, and hundreds of staff are scheduled to administer the exam.  Also, portions of the test may be purchased from a private vendor who may be paid to score the exam.

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  6. What happens to the lists of eligible candidates from the previous entry-level Fire Fighter test when the new lists from the current exam are released?
    When the new lists are released, the old ones expire and will not be used any further.

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  7. Will candidates who passed the previous entry-level Fire Fighter exam be able to carry over their scores to the current exam?
    No. If you want to be on the new list(s), you have to apply for the new exam before the closing date and take and pass the new test when it is scheduled.

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  8. What is my Applicant ID number?
    In accordance with NJSA 11A:4-1, all job applicants are requested to provide their Social Security Number (SSN) on applications to establish a unique means of identifying all of their records throughout the selection and appointment processes. Providing the SSN is voluntary. If you do not provide your SSN, another unique identification number will be assigned to you, and that number will appear on all subsequent records related to this test.

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  9. How can I get veterans preference?
    You will need to meet the veterans preference
    requirements of the NJ Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (NJDMVA) in order to claim veterans preference for any examination. If you do meet those requirements, you'll want to claim veterans preference on the application form and submit the required proof to be awarded the preference for the Fire Fighter examination and all future CSC exams. If you do not submit the required documentation, you will not be able to claim veterans status for this announcement.

    Completed Civil Service Veterans preference claim forms (http://www.state.nj.us/military/veterans/njdmava_form_05A-1.pdf), along with the required documentation, must be submitted directly to the New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. You may visit NJDMVA's web site or contact them at 1-888-865-8387 to obtain a Civil Service Veterans Preference Claim Form or for more information.

    You don't have to wait for an exam to be announced to file for veterans preference.  We encourage you to do it as soon as possible to ensure that your paperwork is processed on time for this exam. Preference must be established no later than 8 days prior to list issuance, and once established, is good for life.

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  10. Once I take it, may I review the test?
    To protect the security of this examination, there will be no review of any test material.

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  11. If I pass the test, will you tell me my rank on the list?
    The eligibility notice will include your final average, veteran status and rank on the list for each jurisdiction for which you are eligible.

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  12. What is an Eligible List?
    Candidates who pass the written examination are placed on eligible lists based on test scores, veteran status, volunteer points, and residency.  Eligible lists last for at least two years.

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  13. When will I be scheduled for the physical performance test?
    The physical performance component of the examination process will be administered on a pass/fail basis at the time of list certification.

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  14. What is a certification?
    A certification is a list of names that we provide to an Appointing Authority (AA) for a specific jurisdiction to use for their hiring process.

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  15. Who does the actual hiring?
    Each jurisdiction has its own Appointing Authority (AA) for the selection process.  The CSC reviews the AA's documentation for each certification to ensure compliance with related rules and regulations.  The CSC is not the Appointing Authority for entry-level Fire Fighter positions.

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  16. Does being certified mean I’ll be interviewed or appointed?
    No.  It means that you may be scheduled to take the physical performance portion of the examination (PPT), which will be a pass/fail test.  If you pass the PPT, the appointing authority may request that you agree to a background investigation, potentially including but not limited to medical screening, psychiatric testing, drug screening, etc.  Dependent upon the number of vacancies and the results of the PPT tests and background investigations, you MAY be interviewed and/or considered for appointment.

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  17. What about tied scores?
    We do not break tied scores. Candidates who have the same final average and veterans status have equal ranking on a certification. For example, if there are 20 people on the certification with the same final average and they're all non-veterans, they will be listed in alphabetical order by their last names, but they all have the same rank on that certification. If one of them is reachable for an appointment, all are reachable and the Appointing Authority may hire any one of them.

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  18. Do veterans get preference?
    Yes, eligible candidates awarded disabled veteran status or veteran status under New Jersey law are grouped at the top of the employment list by their veteran status and then by their final averages. Disabled veterans are placed above veterans who, in turn, are placed ahead of non-veterans.

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  19. Do children of Fire Fighters killed in the line of duty get preference?
    Yes, N.J.S.A. 40A:14-10.1(a) grants hiring preference to children of paid Fire Fighters killed in the line of duty.  The law gives them preference over non-veterans, but not over veterans.  Applicants claiming this preference will be required to provide documentation which includes (1) parent's name, (2) date of death, (3) address of parent's Fire Department at the time of death, (4) a letter from the Fire Department confirming the parent was killed in the line of duty, and (5) proof of relationship to the Fire Fighter.

    Please include your confirmation number on all documentation which can be:

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  20. Do volunteer Fire Fighters receive extra points?
    Yes, the Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court made a determination on December 19, 2002, that interprets the preference provided by State Law N.J.S.A. 40A:14-45 to volunteer Fire Fighters in civil service jurisdictions. The law provides that volunteer Fire Fighters with at least two years of volunteer service are eligible for 3 to 10 points of service credits (points) to be added to their passing score on the exam. Volunteers with two years of continuous service will get three service credit points. Another point will be added for each additional full year of continuous service, up to the maximum of 10 points.

    The service credit is calculated as of the Closing Date for filing applications for the examination announcement. There will be one list for each jurisdiction which will include both volunteers and non-volunteers. Volunteer points are ONLY awarded for volunteer service in fire departments or districts that have BOTH paid and volunteer Fire Fighters. For example, if you volunteer in Newark or Jersey City or any other strictly paid fire department, you will NOT receive any volunteer points. Volunteer departments and districts are clearly noted on the Fire Fighter Announcement Fact Sheet by * or **.

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  21. How do I show that I’m a volunteer Fire Fighter?
    In order to be awarded service credit points, you must complete the volunteer Fire Fighter section on the online application.  You will have to indicate the fire district or part-paid municipal fire department where you currently volunteer.  If you volunteer at more than one district or department, send this information to FireFighter@csc.nj.gov.  Information regarding all volunteer service will be verified with the Fire Chief/Appointing Authority of your district/department.

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  22. Can you show an example of how Volunteer Points and Residency Preference works?
    • Ewing Township is a civil service jurisdiction and has three volunteer fire districts (FD1, FD2 and FD3). Ewing has residential preference;
    • The city of Trenton is a civil service jurisdiction but is not a volunteer department. Trenton has residential preference;
    • Princeton has a volunteer fire department, but is not a civil service jurisdiction;
    • Ewing Township, Trenton and Princeton are all in Mercer County.

     

     Example 1:

    • John lives in Ewing Township and has been a volunteer at FD1 for two years. His final average on the Fire Fighter test was 90.000;
    • John will appear on the Ewing Township FD1 list with a score of 93.000, because he was awarded 3 points for two years of volunteer service;
    • He will also appear on the lists for Ewing Township FD2 and FD3, with a score of 90.000. He has not been given volunteer points with FD2 or FD3 because his volunteer service was not with those districts;
    • He will not appear on Trenton's list because of Trenton's residential preference. However, if Trenton exhausts their municipal list, they may ask for a county-wide list, at which time John will be eligible for appointment in Trenton. He will be grouped with all non-Trenton, Mercer County residents and ranked according to vet preference and his test score of 90.000;
    • He will also appear on the list for Burlington City with a score of 90.000. Because Burlington City has no residency requirements, every Fire Fighter candidate in the state who passed the test will appear on the Burlington City list.

     

    Example 2:

    • Bonnie lives in Trenton and has never been a volunteer. Her final average on the Fire Fighter test was 92.000. As a non-volunteer, her score will be 92.000 on any list for which she is eligible.
    • Bonnie will not appear on any of the lists for Ewing. However, if Ewing FD 2 exhausts their municipal list, they may ask for a county-wide list, at which time Bonnie will be eligible for appointment in Ewing. She will be grouped with all non-Ewing, Mercer County residents and ranked according to vet preference and her test score.
    • Bonnie will be on the list for Trenton.

     

    Example 3:

    • Mike lives in Princeton and has been a volunteer in Princeton for 12 years. His final average on the Fire Fighter test was 76.000. As a volunteer for a non-civil service jurisdiction, Mike will not be awarded volunteer points on any lists:
    • Mike will not initially appear on any list.
    • If any of the Ewing fire districts or Trenton exhaust their municipal lists and ask for a Mercer County list, Mike will then become eligible for appointment, based upon his vet preference and his score of 76.000.

     

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