Human Resources

Fire Lieutenant


  This is an important position involving the immediate supervision of an assigned group of firefighters in the  performance of their firefighting and building and equipment maintenance duties. An employee in this class is under the immediate supervision of the Fire Captain or Deputy Fire Chief but has leeway in the exercise of independent judgment in determining firefighting methods pending the arrival of a superior officer at the scene of a fire.  A Fire Lieutenant renders necessary assistance and service to persons and property in case of emergencies and accidents.  Does related work, as required.

Responds to all alarms occurring during a shift and assists a superior officer in determining the deployment of men and equipment;
Supervises and participates in firefighting and resource work;
Instructs subordinates in firefighting methods and use of equipment;
Instructs subordinates in emergency medical training courses;
Conducts programs for the education and benefit of fire personnel and the general public;
Supervises and participates in the maintenance and repair of equipment, buildings and property;
Inspects multiple dwellings and commercial buildings for fire hazards, in accordance with orders and procedures from a superior, and prepares written records and reports as required;
Receives calls for assistance by telephone, alarm box or radio;
Dispatches equipment and men in accordance with established procedures or orders from a superior;
Maintains morale and reports breaches of discipline by subordinates;
Enforces departmental rules, regulations and general orders;
Administers terms and conditions of departmental labor agreements;
Builds special firefighting devices and equipment;
Performs special fire watch duty at public assemblages;
Assists in the preparation of reports regarding activities during a shift.

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:  Good knowledge of modern firefighting and fire prevention principles, practices and equipment; good knowledge of the City's fire prevention laws and ordinances; good knowledge of geography, building constructions and major fire hazards in the city; good knowledge of the safety precautions used in firefighting;
good knowledge of fire training techniques; good knowledge of first aid techniques; 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; good mechanical ability; ability to recognize fire hazards; ability to lead and supervise subordinates; resourcefulness; sound judgment in emergencies; ability to meet departmental physical standards; ability to use radio, pager, personal computer, phone; ability to use standard fire fighting equipment.


Three (3) years of full-time, permanent status as a Firefighter in the department in which promotion is sought.

Competitive Classification