Firefighter, #64924, Open Competitive Examination

Please note that we are no longer accepting applications for this examination / job!

Civil Service Job: Yes

Filing Date:

Applications received by mail must be postmarked no later than Friday, March 2, 2018

Exam Date:

Examinations will be held on Saturday, April 21, 2018


City of Olean: $38,564.25 - $43,471.83; City of Salamanca: $32,496.32 - $38,829.92

Information on the Firefighter, #64924, Open Competitive Examination position

Vacancy:  Eligible List may be used to fill vacancies which may occur within the City of Olean Fire Department,Olean,NY, or the City ofSalamanca Fire  Department, Salamanca,NY.                                             

Fee Required: The State Civil Service Law requires our office to collect a processing fee from each applicant.  The amount of the fee is twenty-five ($25) per applicant for Each examination applied for, payable at the time of filing of the application form, by check (personal or certified) or money order, payable to the “Cattaraugus County Treasurer”.  Cash Will Not Be Accepted.  Applicants whose personal checks are returned for insufficient funds will not be considered as candidates for this exam or subsequent exams until such time as restitution is made.  Applicants must record the Examination Number(s) and Title(s) on their checks.  Refunds of fees will not be issued to applicants who are disqualified for not meeting the minimum qualifications for admittance to the examination, who file their application after the final filing date or who do not appear for testing on the scheduled test date.  Therefore, Do Not Apply for an examination if you are not sure that you meet the minimum qualifications.  Application fees shall be waived for candidates that are unemployed and primarily responsible for the support of a household or are receiving public assistance.  Please contact this office for an Application Fee Waiver Request and Certification Form, or download from our website at:

Residency: Preference in appointment may be given to successful candidates who have been, at the time of examination and for at least one month prior thereto, a resident of the jurisdiction in which the vacancy exists. 

Duties:  This is standardized manual work of a hazardous nature involving firefighting, ambulance duties, code enforcement, rescue, salvage and hazardous materials control.  Work is performed under the immediate supervision of superior officers.  Routine maintenance and custodial work on the station, vehicles and equipment used in job performance is required and performed under general supervision and inspected upon completion. A Firefighter does related work as required. 

Minimum Qualifications: Graduation from high school or possession of a high school equivalency diploma.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENT FOR ACCEPTANCE OF APPLICATION:  Not less than 18 years of age on date of written exam. 

SPECIAL REQUIREMENT:  Candidates must meet the following requirements to be eligible for appointment:

  1. Must possess and maintain the appropriate level Motor Vehicle Operator’s license. 

SPECIAL REQUIREMENT An appointed candidate must successfully achieve by the end of the probationary period:

  1. Certification as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) issued by the NYS Health Department in accordance with Part 800, Chapter VI of the State Emergency Medical Services Code. 


Subjects of examination: A written test designed to evaluate knowledge, skills and /or abilities in the following areas:

1. Advising and interacting with others - These questions test for the ability to interact with other people, to gather and present information, and to provide assistance and advice in a courteous and professional manner.  

2. Using logical reasoning to draw valid conclusions - These questions test for the ability to examine true statements and logically evaluate conclusions based on the information in the statements. 

3. Mechanical reasoning - These questions will be accompanied by drawings or descriptions of various mechanical devices, such as gears, pulleys, levers, hand tools, and gauges. You will be required to demonstrate an understanding of how the devices work and the underlying mechanical principles involved. These devices are not limited to use in the fire service. 

4. Understanding and interpreting written material pertaining to fire - The questions in this subtest test how well the candidate comprehends written material. The candidate is provided with brief reading selections, followed by a set of alternative statements relating to each selection. The candidate is to indicate the most appropriate statement relating to the selection on the basis of whether it: 

a. accurately paraphrases portions of the selection; or b. adequately summarizes the selection; or c. presents an inference that can reasonably be drawn from the selection.

The reading selections are drawn from a variety of sources related to the firefighting field. Knowledge of the subject matter of the reading selection is generally not related to successfully answering the questions.


A Guide for the Written Test for Firefighter is available at the New York State Candidates not having access to a computer or the internet may request copy of the test guide from the municipal civil service office conducting this examination using the contact information found elsewhere on this announcement.

Candidates are RECOMMENDED to use quiet, hand-held, solar or battery powered calculators.  Devices with typewriter keyboards, spell checkers, personal digital assistants, address books, language translators, dictionaries or any similar devices are prohibited.


Candidates Please Note: Your application for this test is part of the examination process.  Applications must be completely filled out with all pertinent information stated.  The Commission does not refer to other applications on file for additional information.  Applications which do not show training and/or experience to meet the minimum qualifications will be disapproved. Vagueness and ambiguity will not be resolved in your favor. 


This examination is being prepared and rated by the New York State Civil Service Department in accordance with Section 23-2 of the Civil Service Law.  The provisions of the New York State Civil Service Rules and Regulations dealing with the rating of examinations will apply to this examination. 

Applications will be accepted up to March 2, 2018, and may be obtained from the Cattaraugus County Civil Service web page at:


Cattaraugus County An Equal Opportunity Employer


Issued: January 31, 2018

Complete Job Description & Qualifications

Download the following file for the complete job description and qualifications for the Firefighter, #64924, Open Competitive Examination position.

PARTICIPATION IN MULTIPLE EXAMINATIONS: If you have applied for both State and Local government examinations, you must take all your examinations at the State examination center. You will be advised by letter when and where to report for your examinations.

If you have applied for another local government examination with another local civil service agency, call or write each civil service agency to make arrangements. You must notify all government civil service agencies with whom you have filed an application of the test site at which you wish to take your examination.

SATURDAY SABBATH OBSERVERS - HANDICAPPED PERSONS: If special arrangements for testing are required, please indicate this on your application(s).

CANDIDATES PLEASE NOTE: Your application for this test is part of the examination process. Applications must be completely filled out with all pertinent information stated. The Commission does not refer to other applications on file for additional information. Applications which do not show training and/or experience to meet the minimum qualifications will be disapproved. Vagueness and ambiguity will not be resolved in your favor.

VETERANS: Disabled and non-disabled war veterans who are eligible for additional credits must submit an application for veterans' credits. Candidates who wish to claim veterans' credits on an examination should request an application and information sheet from the Cattaraugus County Civil Service Commission. Veterans' application forms will also be available upon request at the examination center. The completed forms must be received before the eligible list for the examination is established in order to utilize additional credits.

Effective January 1, 2014, War-time Veterans who previously used non-disabled veterans credits for appointment or promotion and are subsequently certified by the Veteran's Administration as a disabled veteran may again be eligible for additional exam credits. To apply for subsequent disabled veteran credits, complete the Veteran Credit application and check the applicable box, additionally you are required to follow the directions below regarding Disabled Veterans credits.

Effective January 1, 1998, the State Constitution was amended to permit a candidate currently in the armed forces to apply for and be conditionally granted veteran's credit in examinations. Any candidate who applies for such credit must provide proof of military status to receive the conditional credit. No credit may be granted after the establishment of the list. It is the responsibility of the candidate to provide appropriate documentary proof indicating that the service was in time of war, as defined in Section 85 of Civil Service Law, and that the candidate received an honorable discharge or was released under honorable conditions in order to be certified at a score including veteran's credits.

In conformance with Section 85-a of the Civil Service Law, children of firefighters and police officers killed in the line of duty shall be entitled to receive an additional ten points in a competitive examination for original appointment in the same municipality in which his or her parent has served. If you are qualified to participate in this examination and are a child of a firefighter or police officer killed in the line of duty in this municipality, please inform this office of this matter when you submit your application for examination. A candidate claiming such credit has a minimum of two months from the application deadline to provide the necessary documentation to verify additional credit eligibility. However, no credit may be added after the eligible list has been established.


Applications for Firefighter, #64924, Open Competitive Examination will be accepted up to Friday, March 2, 2018, and may be obtained by downloading from the following links.

Application Forms

Cattaraugus County an Equal Opportunity Employer