Fire Lieutenant Job Description

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CHARACTERISTICS OF THE CLASS

This is supervisory work in the direction of the activities of a fire company during an assigned shift. A Fire Lieutenant has direct command over firefighters in a fire company on an assigned shift, subject to general regulations or the department and the direction of a superior officer. This employee is responsible for shift discipline and for the maintenance of apparatus and equipment at the fire station. At a fire, the employee is responsible for the effective combating of the fire until relieved of command by a superior fire officer. At major fires, the Lieutenant is under the command of a superior officer.

 

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

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

Be responsible to the Battalion Chief for the efficient operation and supervision of the station and/or units under their command.

Be responsible to the Battalion Chief for the enforcement of departmental procedures, policies, and regulations.

Be directly responsible for maintaining order, discipline, and morale among members of their shift.

Respond to alarms, direct the routes to be taken, and determine which equipment and apparatus are necessary.

Make decisions as to the best methods of extinguishing fires, and direct the use of fire fighting equipment until relieved of command by a superior officer.

Be responsible for making out fire reports, daily reports, station log books, and any other forms and reports as required.

Be responsible for insuring EMS reports are complete and accurate.

Be responsible for the proper use, maintenance, and appearance of properties, equipment, apparatus, etc., that are assigned on their tour of duty. Whenever they ascertain that repairs, replacement, or adjustments are necessary, they shall report same within normal procedures.

Assist in the development of and place into operations the training, community relations, in service inspections, and other department programs.

Acquire a thorough knowledge of the duties of this office and be responsible for the enforcement of the regulations and orders of the Department.

Handle personnel problems or, if necessary, report them to the Battalion Chief.

Be responsible for the training and orientation of members on their shift and make necessary reports to the Battalion Chief.

Acquire a thorough knowledge of the physical conditions, streets, buildings, and fire protection systems in their district.

Notify the Battalion Chief of any line-of-duty injuries and other matters of unusual nature and forward a written report.

Prepare pre-fire plans as assigned by the Battalion Chief.

Provide pre-hospital emergency medical care, CPR, first aide, etc. to the sick and injured.

Perform all firefighting activities as necessary.

Other job related duties as required.

  1. The fact that there may by more than one Lieutenant assigned to a particular fire station does not relieve either Lieutenant of any part of this job description.
  2. When more than one Lieutenant is assigned to a fire station, both Lieutenants will share in the responsibility of insuring station duties are completed, and both will be held accountable when duties are not completed.

 

REQUIREMENTS

A. TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE

Graduate from a standard or vocational high school, or a certificate of equivalency. Must have a current State of Florida Certificate of Compliance as a Firefighter preferably supplemented by advanced level course work in modern fire fighting, fire control, and company officer leadership training. Must meet all requirements prescribed in the Melbourne Fire Department promotional procedures. State of Florida certification as an Emergency Medical Technician. Must possess and maintain a valid Florida Driver’s License.

B. KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES

Considerable knowledge and skill in the operations and maintenance of the various types of apparatus and equipment used in fire fighting activities, together with the ability to supervise the effective use of such equipment and apparatus.

Working knowledge of emergency medical care at the Emergency Medical Technician level of training. Working knowledge of the Fire Department’s Rules and Regulations, fire prevention methods, and City ordinances on fire prevention.

Possess the ability to learn the location of streets in an assigned district, lead subordinates effectively and maintain discipline; exercise sound judgment; promote harmony and to cooperate with other officers, and to prepare clear and concise reports.

C. PHYSICAL AND MENTAL 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.

Must have the ability to lift, carry, push or pull heavy weights over uneven terrain, up/down stairs or ladders up to 100 ft. in height.

Must have the ability to move back and forth and sideways while bending, kneeling, or squatting with approximately 50 lbs. of equipment.

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

Have the ability to print and draw letters, numbers, words, characters, and symbols which are both large and small as well as identifying colors.

Must have the physical capability to effectively use and operate various items of office related equipment, such as, but not limited to a, personal computer, calculator, copier, and fax machine.

Must have the ability to work in a dimly lit, smoke filled or completely dark condition during hot, cold, and inclement weather.

Ability to use power/hand tools – dexterity required.

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

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

Ability to treat people of every race, greed, gender, color or social status in a respectful and courteous manner.

Ability to mentally and emotionally cope with emergencies that may result in the loss of human life, severe traumatic injuries and psychological crisis in a calm and empathetic manner.

 

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 - 07/14/15