Fire Training Captain Job Description

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CHARACTERISTICS OF THE CLASS

This is supervisory work in the direction of training activities of all fire department personnel. Technical knowledge is required for the training of personnel in firefighting, rescue, first aid, and related fire service subjects.  The Training Captain has direct command over all personnel during training sessions, subject to general regulations of the department and the direction of a superior officer. This employee is responsible for creation of career development materials, job proficiency training, and providing training in new techniques, equipment, and procedures. Work is performed under the general supervision of the Assistant Chief of Administration and Training and is a forty (40) hour per week position. The Training Captain may assume positions (e.g., Safety) as assigned by a Chief Officer during emergency situations (e.g., fires).  

EXAMPLE OF DUTIES

A.  ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

Develop, coordinate, and supervise overall Department Training Program including all Fire, EMS, Rescue, and Special Operation Training.

Ability to communicate effectively and clearly in both oral and written form.

Enforce City and Departmental procedures, policies, and regulations.

Identifies training needs, researches and prepares lesson plans and handout materials.

Create and maintain a training activities calendar.

Conduct pre-employment proficiency testing.

Conduct annual pumper and apparatus tests.

Administer career development programs to include Driver and Lieutenant.

Serve as Department representative on the City’s Safety Committee.

Assist in the designing and maintenance of the training center grounds and structures.

Conduct classes in fire and EMS related subjects.

Maintain required teaching certifications.

Provide information (e.g., test scores, in-service grades) as requested by the promotional board for verification of promotional eligibility.

Make recommendations on the retention or firing of probationary firefighters.

Ensure training records and certifications of personnel are recorded kept current.

REQUIREMENTS

B.  TRAINING / EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE

Graduate from High School or certificate of equivalency required. An Associates degree in Fire, EMS, teaching, or management preferred. Education must be supplemented by either advanced level course work in modern methods of firefighting, fire control, company officer leadership or ACLS, BTLS, PALS and completion of other training programs as set forth by the Department and regulations.  Must possess a current State of Florida Certificate of Compliance as a Firefighter and State of Florida certification as an Emergency Medical Technician (Paramedic Preferred).  Must possess and maintain a valid Florida driver’s license.  Must have or obtain and maintain a State of Florida Fire Instructor certification within six months, and must have or obtain within one year a CPR instructor certification and maintain.

C.  KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES

Knowledge of effective supervisory methods, practices, and techniques including some knowledge of related State and Federal rules and regulations.

Knowledge of the strategy and tactics of handling fire, rescue, and medical emergencies and the ability to analyze and respond effectively under stress to each.

Ability to carry out orders and adherence of Departmental and City Policies.

Knowledge of the record keeping system in use by the department, the components of the system, and the function of each.

Ability to motivate people.

Knowledge of management principles and practices.

Considerable knowledge of and skill in the operations and maintenance of the various types of apparatus and equipment used in firefighting activities.  

A thorough knowledge and understanding of the Fire Department Rules and Regulation, Standard Operating Guidelines, and the Union contract.

Ability to lead subordinates effectively and maintain discipline; exercise sound judgement; promote harmony and to cooperate with other agencies.

Have the ability to prepare clear and concise reports and written employee evaluations in a fair and unbiased manner.

Knowledge of the geography of the City with respect to streets, hydrants, and building access information.

Ability to effectively use and operate various items of office related equipment such as, but not limited to, personal computer, calculator, copier, and fax machine

D.  PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

Ability to operate a motor vehicle in a safe and efficient manner under normal and emergency conditions.

Ability to load and unload heavy objects weighing up to 50 lbs.

Ability to hear and understand normal conversation and normal radio communications.

Must have the use of sensory skills in order to effectively communicate and interact with other employees and the public through the use of the telephone, radio, and personal contact as normally defined by the ability to see, hear, talk, read, handle or feel objects and controls.

Ability to see and read letters, numbers, words, characters, and symbols which are both large and small as well as identifying colors.

Ability to print and draw letters, numbers, words, characters, and symbols that are legible and understood by others.

Ability to move back and forth and sideways while bending, kneeling, or squatting with approximately 50 lbs. of equipment.

Ability to stay in a bending, kneeling or squatting position for a substantial time while carrying approximately 50 lbs. of equipment.

Ability to go from a standing or sitting position to a bending, kneeling or squatting position or vice-versa, periodically with approximately 50 lbs. of equipment.

Ability to use power/hand tools.  (dexterity required)

Ability to respond to emergency situations in which walking, running, climbing, reaching, bending, lifting, pushing and pulling 100 lbs. or more is required and the ability to respond quickly.

Ability to work in dimly lit, smoke filled or completely dark condition and during hot, cold and inclement weather.

Ability to crawl through dark, smoky, hot and confined areas with approximately 50 lbs. of equipment while dragging a charged hose.

Ability to learn complex tasks and remembers how to complete task without assistance or training.

Ability to mentally and emotionally deal with emergencies that may result in severe injury or the loss of human life.

THIS JOB DESCRIPTION IS NOT INTENDED TO BE AND SHOULD NOT BE CONSTRUED AS AN ALL INCLUSIVE LIST OF ALL THE RESPONSIBILITIES, SKILLS OR WORKING CONDITIONS ASSOCIATED WITH THE POSITION. WHILE IT IS INTENDED TO ACCURATELY REFLECT THE POSITION ACTIVITIES AND REQUIREMENTS, MANAGEMENT RESERVES THE RIGHT TO MODIFY, ADD OR REMOVE DUTIES AND ASSIGN OTHER DUTIES AS NECESSARY. THIS JOB DESCRIPTION DOES NOT CONSTITUTE A WRITTEN OR IMPLIED CONTRACT OF EMPLOYMENT. 

Revision Date - 2/19/08