Fire Captain

  • City of Hemet, CA
  • Hemet, California
  • Nov 14, 2017
Full Time Fire and EMS Public Safety

Job Description


The City of Hemet, tucked in a valley surrounded by the Santa Rosa Hills and the San Jacinto Mountains, is embarking on a journey of revitalization and growth. With a dedicated funding source, the Hemet Fire Department seeks an extraordinary individual who is pursuing a rewarding and challenging career opportunity. The department has maintained strong community support since its establishment in 1908, and offers employees exceptional benefits.

Hemet is ideally located in western Riverside County in the beautiful San Jacinto Valley. Orange County and San Diego are just an hour away, and the beauty of the desert spa lifestyle of Palm Springs is yours within 45 minutes.


The City of Hemet Fire Department is seeking a highly competent, motivated, and goal driven Fire Captain with a proven ability to manage different operational and administrative assignments. The ideal candidate must lead by example, and have a strong background in the fire service and a high standard of leadership and integrity.

The incumbent will plan, coordinate, assign, direct, and participate in emergency and non-emergency operations and activities of an assigned shift in a fire station; serve as incident commander on emergency scenes; ensure that adequate personnel are available for each shift; ensure that all assigned activities are carried out effectively, efficiently, and according to department guidelines and policies; and perform a variety of duties relative to assigned areas of responsibility.

The purpose of this recruitment is to fill multiple vacancies and to establish an eligibility list for a one year period.

Summary Description

Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act may include, but are not limited to the following characteristics, duties, responsibilities, knowledge, skills and other characteristics.


Direct, coordinate, supervise, and review the work plan for assigned personnel; assign work activities and projects; monitor work flow; review and evaluate work products, methods, and procedures; meet with staff to identify and resolve problems.

Identify opportunities for improving service delivery methods and procedures; identify resource needs; review and implement improvements.

Participate in the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies and priorities; recommend and implement resulting policies and procedures.

Train, motivate, and evaluate assigned personnel; provide or coordinate staff training; work with employees to correct deficiencies; enforce departmental policies and procedures and recommend disciplinary action as necessary.

Direct and participate in fire prevention, inspections, public education, and other operational and administrative assignments.

Prepare, submit, and maintain reports on emergency calls and department activities; submit requisitions for required equipment and supplies.

Supervise the maintenance and repairs of fire station buildings and grounds, equipment, and apparatus; test and inspect hoses.

Respond to alarms involving fire, medical aid, gas leaks, hazardous substances, and rescue work; assume incident command, unless relieved; conduct incident assessment tactics, strategy development and implementation; direct and perform firefighting duties; place fire hoses, set ladder, operate fire streams, ventilate and enter burning structures to extinguish fires and perform rescue services; perform salvage and overhaul operations to remove hazards and prevent water damage; operate pneumatic and auxiliary equipment such as generators and pumps.

Provide staff assistance to the Battalion Chief/Chief; participate on a variety of committees; prepare and present staff reports and other correspondence as necessary.

Coordinate fire suppression activities with those of other divisions and outside agencies and organizations.

Attend and participate in professional group meetings; stay abreast of new trends and innovations in the field of fire suppression, hazardous materials, urban search and rescue, emergency medical services, and other fields relevant to assigned responsibilities.

May serve as Battalion Chief as assigned.

Perform related duties and responsibilities as required.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities


Knowledge of operations, services, and activities of a fire suppression and prevention program; modern and complex principles and practices of firefighting; methods and techniques of basic life support, rescue operations, and hazardous materials handling; hazardous materials and chemical spill response techniques; procedures and equipment used in modern firefighting and emergency response activities; geography and street layout of the City and surrounding area; operational characteristics, maintenance, and repair of various fire apparatus and equipment; principles of budget preparation and control; principles of supervision, training, and performance evaluation; pertinent federal, state and local laws, codes and regulations governing the handling and storage of hazardous materials.

Ability to supervise, direct, and coordinate the work of subordinate staff; interpret and explain City fire suppression policies and procedures; render emergency medical care at the basic life support level; prepare clear, concise, and complete reports; analyze emergency situations and develop appropriate response; oversee and participate in firefighting and emergency response activities; inspect, maintain, and repair fire apparatus, equipment and station building and grounds; respond to requests and inquiries from the general public; prepare and present public information and educational programs; operate office equipment including computers and supporting word processing and spreadsheet applications; communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work; maintain physical condition appropriate to the performance of assigned duties and responsibilities.


Education and/or Experience:

Five years of experience to include successful completion of probation as a Fire Engineer. Completion of an Associate of Arts (AA) or Associate of Science (AS) degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in fire science or related field.


Possession of a valid California Class A, B, or C Driver's License with a "Firefighter Endorsement" card or a Class B Fire Apparatus Restricted License, and maintain a satisfactory driving record.

Possession of a valid Emergency Medical Technician certificate and current Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification.

Possession of a California State Fire Marshal Fire Officer Certificate or certifiable required classes completed.

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Fire Captain Required Attachment Materials:

  • State of California Emergency Medical Technician Certification (EMT)
  • Current State of California Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation Certification (CPR)
  • Current State of California Fire Marshal Fire Officer Certificate or proof of certifiable required classes completed


Supplemental Information


Environmental Conditions:

Emergency firefighting environment; hazards of emergency driving; work at various heights; work with water; exposure to heat, noise, dust, grease, radiant energy, toxic materials, and inclement weather conditions; work in confined spaces.

Physical Conditions:

Essential and marginal functions may require maintaining physical condition necessary for heavy or moderate or light lifting, bending, stooping, kneeling, crawling; walking, standing or sitting for prolonged periods of time; operating motorized equipment and vehicles.

The City of Hemet does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, ancestry, generic information, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, status as a veteran, handicapped status in employment or the provision of services. The City is in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and will make all reasonable accommodations for the disabled to participate in employment, programs and facilities. Any person with a disability will receive reasonable accommodations. Notify the Human Resources Department regarding the type of accommodations needed within three days following the closing date. In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, the City of Hemet requires all new employees to show proof of their legal right to work in the United States. At the time of hire, the new employee must present original documentation to establish both work authorization and identity.

The City of Hemet promotes a smoke, drug, and alcohol free working environment for their employees.

The provisions of this bulletin do not constitute an expressed or implied contract. Any provision contained in this bulletin may be modified or revoked without notice. The City reserves the right to rate applicants based on a review of the application materials and to invite only the most qualified applicants to participate in the selection process.