Human Resources

Fire Captain


 This is an important supervisory position involving responsibility for directing municipal fire protection activities.  A Fire Captain renders necessary assistance and service to persons and property in case of emergencies and accidents.  Has charge of all firefighting and fire prevention activities on an assigned shift.  The work is performed in accordance with policies and procedures outlined by the Fire Chief or Deputy Fire Chief, but an incumbent is allowed leeway for the exercise of sound independent judgment in the scheduling and assignment of personnel and in the coordination of firefighting activities at the scene of a fire.  Supervision is exercised over a number of Firefighters and Officers.  Does related work, as required.

Responds to emergencies and assumes command at the scene as required;

Determines and directs the proper deployment of fire personnel and equipment when a fire or other emergency occurs, and arranges for additional equipment if necessary;

Investigates probable causes of fires and submits detailed reports on alarms and other occurrences during a shift;

Immediately notifies a superior regarding all major fires and unusual occurrences involving loss of life, injuries to persons and major damage to property;

Plans, supervises and participates in the training of firefighters, as directed;

Conducts programs for the education and benefit of fire personnel and the general public;

Supervises the maintenance of equipment, buildings and property;

Reports and assists in the correction of all defects in equipment and deficiencies in the training of firefighters;

Inspects multiple dwellings and buildings for fire hazards in accordance with established procedures, and prepares written records and reports as required;

Enforces department rules, regulations and general orders;

Administer terms and conditions of departmental labor agreements;

Reports violations of regulations by subordinates;

Prepares a variety of schedules, reports and logs;

Assists in emergency first-aid procedures;

Prepares reports regarding activities during a shift;

Participates in departmental discipline procedures as outlined by the Fire Chief, in
accordance with Civil Service Law and other pertinent agreements.

The above examples of duties are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work performed.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.

FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND/OR PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS: Thorough knowledge of modern firefighting and fire prevention principles, practices and equipment; thorough knowledge of the City's fire prevention laws and ordinances; thorough knowledge of the geography, building conditions and major fire hazards in the City; thorough knowledge of the safety precautions used in firefighting; good knowledge of first aid techniques; thorough knowledge of fire training techniques; working knowledge of modern principles of fire department administration; ability to make detailed observations and to translate these into a well-organized, comprehensive written report; ability to maintain discipline and morale, while enforcing departmental rules and regulations; ability to recognize fire hazards; demonstrated ability to direct and coordinate firefighting activities; ability to prepare comprehensive, well-structured reports; resourcefulness; sound judgment in emergencies; ability to meet departmental physical standards; ability to use radio, pager, personal computer, phone; ability to use standard firefighting equipment.



One year of full-time, permanent status as a Fire Lieutenant in the department in which the promotion is sought.

Competitive Classification