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Job Description

Must be 18 years of age to apply
Position: Fire Captain
Department: California Pines Fire Department
Alturas, CA 96101

Be physically and mentally prepared to safely perform general forestry projects, Wildland fire suppression and other emergency services as an integral part of a team that will endure long hours in adverse conditions.

Required:  Work experience, skills and fire related certifications to qualify as a Fire Captain.

Key Character Traits for this Position:
Positive Attitude
Skill Sets:

Technical Skills – Proper and safe use of hand tools, chainsaw and flammables.
Problem Solving – Utilize personal knowledge to resolve issues. Able to discern when to seek assistance for efficient and effective resolutions.
Customer Service – Respond to requests and assist with an attitude to serve rather than be served.
Communication – Listen with the intent to provide constructive feedback. Speak in a manner that promotes respect and dignity in positive as well as negative situations.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
Promote and uphold California Pines Fire Department’s Mission Statement, Company Vision and Core Values at all times.
Maintain a safe, productive and positive work environment. Maintain and clean all issued as well as all district equipment.
Comply with all State and Federal regulations
Use of various powered tools- Pumps and Chainsaws, Hand tools along with Drip torches and other ignition devices.
Operate move and maintain District machinery and equipment, Tractors, Trucks, Motor Graders, Backhoes and other large equipment.
Operate at a minimum level of a licensed EMR, first responder
Operate and maintain refuse equipment, along with refuse collection Supervisory Duties and Responsibilities:
Provide response to fire and EMS calls operation all necessary fire and first responder equipment for suppression and EMS related incidents.

Related Competencies:

Participates on incidents response including firefighting operations, operation of fire apparatus and other equipment as required; responds and participates in remediation activities of chemical spills, hazardous materials, and other related incidents; responds to emergency medical incidents and provides certified ”basic level” care. Responds to technical rescue calls operating all necessary equipment.

When needed and qualified, drive apparatus and equipment to incident scene; properly places apparatus to establish water supply or other needs; insures proper operation and pressure of hoses; issues equipment and monitors radio traffic for necessary response; returns fire apparatus and related equipment to service after incident response.

Inspects station and equipment for proper appearance-and condition; maintains equipment and re-stocks supplies as needed. Performs maintenance and cleaning of fire apparatus, equipment, station building, grounds and related facilities.

Assists with the preparation of fire reports; participates in special projects as required; participates in training, fire pre-planning, fire education and prevention programs, mechanical maintenance and repair. Testing maintenance and repair of fire hose, pumpers and hydrants. Participates in training on shift and when required on other occasions.

Knowledge of incident response including response to hazardous materials spills, technical rescue techniques, and emergency medical service calls.

Knowledge of the hazards of firefighting and appropriate safety precautions.

Knowledge of department rules and regulations.

Knowledge of service area streets and layout.

Skilled in collaborative teamwork conflict resolution.

Ability to maintain an effective working relationship with employees, volunteers, officials, co-operators, and the public.

Physical Demands:
Possess ability to perform hard manual labor on steep terrain, using chain saws and hand tools and to lift and carry up to 100 pounds.  You may be required to walk ten miles or more per day.

Walking/Climbing – Surfaces can be any of the following; forest turf and duff, rocks, gravel, or pavement. Terrain may be flat to steep.

Carry – 10-50 pounds continuously, 50-100 pounds occasionally. Wear personal backpack while working.

Pushing/Pulling – 20-30 pounds of force, pushing hand tools into dirt and pulling away topsoil several inches below surface and pulling to scrape to mineral soil continuously.

Bending/Twisting – From waist and knees to assume position when digging fire line.

Lifting/Reaching/Handling/Grasping when digging fire line or utilizing other equipment. Work Environment:

Working conditions include working in a crew (team) environment, outside in varying weather conditions. May be required to work in an environment where there are fumes, smoke, noise, chemicals, dirt, and dust. May be on duty 16 hours or more a day, including travel time from the base to work site and back. May involve extended time away from home and depending on the fire location, you may work 21 days straight before a day off.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.

Basic Schedule: 4/6 modified, 8 day rotation, 24 hour shift every other day from 7am-7am.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.

EOE: minority/female/disabled/veteran

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $3,500-$3,700 per month salary

To Apply:

Send Resume with contact info to:

Contact Captain Justin Ulrich at 530-708-2951 with questions.


Must have Fire Captain qualifications

Minimum Education and Experience

Minimum Months of Experience: 12
Education Required: High School
Driver's License Required: Yes
Hiring Requirements for this Job:
  • Drug Testing / Screening
  • Background Checks
  • Motor Vehicle Record Check
  • About California Pines Fire Department / CSD

    We are a small District located in Modoc County just out side of Alturas, Ca.  The Fire Department falls under a Committee Service District / CSD. It is ran off of special Tax from the committee.  With that said we are fire and Medical first but if CSD needs help the Fire Department helps. For example: If your shift falls on a Monday you will spend the first part of the morning doing trash on the garbage truck. With that said we need people that are okay with working in different departments.

    The summer is a very busy time for us. We spend most of the summer chasing fire through the state or staying local working with the United States Forest Service. Fire season can be between 60 and a 120 days. Besides the $3,000 and month salary. Fire pay is extra. Captains get payed $28.50 an hour for fire pay.


    Accessible by Public Transportation: No
    Salary Range: $3,500.00 - $3,700.00 per month DOE