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Under direction of the Assistant Fire Chief, the Fire Captain performs supervisory and technical work in firefighting, emergency rescue, fire inspection and fire training activities; and does related work as assigned.


Plans and executes work assignments of fire station personnel on an assigned shift.

Responds to fire alarm as commanding officer, and as such, is responsible for the fire supervision and performance and safety of assigned firefighting personnel. Directs the firefighting and rescue operations.

Operates radio-telephone equipment.

Supervises and participates in salvage and overhaul operations.

Supervises and assists in rendering first aid at an emergency incident.

Directs the cleaning of quarters, equipment, and apparatus at the fire station; inspects personnel, maintains discipline.

Instructs and drills fire department personnel in firefighting methods, techniques, and related subjects.

Supervises and participates in the inspection of buildings and installations for fire hazards and fire safety systems as required by State laws and City ordinances. Prepares inspection reports and makes recommendations to superior officer. Makes follow-up inspections to see if deficiencies have been corrected.

Assists in planning and conducting the City-wide fire prevention program.

Keeps detailed records on company personnel regarding training.

Prepares important reports and maintains records.

May be required to respond to fire calls during non-duty hours.

May serve as acting Duty Chief when so assigned.

Supports supervisors in maintaining teamwork and effective fire protection services.

Researches firefighting equipment and advises Administration of departmental purchasing needs.

Conduct preliminary origin and cause fire investigation.

QUALIFICATIONS: *Any combination of fire-related training and fire-related experience that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities is qualifying.

Preferred qualifications:

·  Six years of municipal firefighting experience showing a progression of responsibility including exposure to fire service command and administrative activities.

·  Minimum of two years as a Susanville Fire Department Fire Apparatus Engineer.

·  Minimum of 45 units from an accredited college or university of course work in fire science, fire administration or a closely related field.

Required qualifications:

· Equivalent to completion of the California Office of the State Fire Marshal Fire Officer or Company Officer certification and Fire Training Instructor or Instructor certification.

Required Licenses/Certifications:

·  Current California EMT-B or Emergency Medical Responder Certification or ability to obtain within 12 months of hire

·   California Class B operator’s license issued by the State department of Motor Vehicles with appropriate endorsements. Maintenance of aforementioned license is a condition of continued employment.

·   ICS 100, 200, 300, 400

·   NIMS 700

·   Hazmat Incident Commander

Additional Experience or Ability to:

·   Principles, practices, and procedures of modern firefighting and protection of lives and property.

·   Rules and regulations of the Fire Department;

·   Operation and maintenance of the type of apparatus and equipment used in modern firefighting         activities;

·   First aid and skill in the application of first aid;

·   Principles of supervision and training;

·   Local geography, including the location of main and hydrants and the major fire hazards of the City;

·   Supervise and instruct effectively and maintain discipline;

·   Conduct thorough fact-finding inspection and investigation;

·   Operate apparatus and equipment used in modern firefighting activities;

·   Establish and maintain effective working relationships with property owners, other employees, and the      general public;

·   Express oneself clearly and concisely, orally and in writing.


Minimum Education and Experience

Education Required: High School
Driver's License Required: Yes
Minimum Hourly Wage: 20.54
Maximum Hourly Wage: 32.71