Driver Engineer Job Description

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Under the direct supervision of departmental superiors, performs specialized firefighting work in driving and operating heavy firefighting apparatus. Although the operation of equipment is the most difficult and responsible part of the work, a large part of the time is spent in study, cleaning, inspection and maintenance of apparatus operated, and in cleaning and maintaining quarters. Work is performed in accordance with instructions and a well defined routine.




Drive and operate heavy apparatus.

Inspect, check and repair some mechanical parts of fire apparatus.

Hook firefighting apparatus to a water source and effectively engage, operate and discharge water.

Be responsible to the Company Officer for the compliance of departmental procedures, policies, and regulations.

Be directly responsible for the safety of the personnel riding the apparatus to which they are assigned.

Maintain a daily inventory check of all tools and appliances on the apparatus to which they are assigned.

Properly maintain the departmental vehicles, pumps, and other mechanical parts of the apparatus to which they are assigned, so as to prevent damage from racing of engines, lack of lubrication, lack of water in radiator, shortage of fuel, running down of battery or any other cause.

Be particularly observant of the operating efficiency of such apparatus or vehicle assigned, and to promptly inform the immediate supervisor on any defects or irregularities which may effect operation of an immediate response.

Train subordinates and keep other members of the company informed in all matters relating to the operation of the apparatus they are assigned.

Maintain departmental records and prepare reports as assigned.

Be responsible for the cleanliness and proper operating condition of all equipment on assigned apparatus.

Be proficient in the operation of the equipment to which assigned and be able to operate said equipment to the best performance of the functions for which is was designed and to not exceed its limitations.

When the Station Lieutenant is out of quarters, the Driver/Engineer will be in charge of the crew, having the responsibility of insuring the Station duties are carried out as assigned by the Lieutenant.

Set up portable pumps and hoses.

Operation of various manual, electric, and gas operated tools.

Operation of various types of lifting and hoisting equipment.

Identify sprinkler connections, utility shut-off and other construction features.

Perform emergency medical care, CPR, first aid, etc.

Perform extrication using power equipment.

Perform manual forcible entry using an axe, pry bar, crowbar, etc.

Advance hose line for fire suppression (charged and uncharged)

Identify the approximate discharge capacities of various fire apparatus connections.

Read and make mental calculations of engine pressure, water pressure and water flow.

Perform firefighting functions as required.

May be required to perform in the position of Firefighter in emergency situations.

Other job-related duties as required.




Graduation from high school, or a certificate of equivalency preferably supplemented by advanced level course work in modern methods of fire fighting, and fire pump operations. Completion of minimum standards as required by the State of Florida and completion of other training programs as set forth by the department and regulations; or an equivalent combination of training and experience. State of Florida certification as an Emergency Medical Technician (paramedic preferred). Possess and maintain a valid Florida driver license.


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

Knowledge of streets, hydrants, and fire protection systems, in their normally assigned district.

Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions.

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

Ability to operate gas powered and hand tools.

Considerable knowledge of the physical layout of the City including, fire hydrants and street system.

Knowledge of first aid principles and skill in their application to the Emergency Medical Technician level.

Ability to react quickly and calmly in emergency situations.

Some aptitude for mechanical work.

Ability to make mental calculations of engine pressures required for necessary operations.


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

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.

May be necessary to respond to an emergency situation in which walking, running, climbing, reaching, bending, lifting, pushing and pulling 100 lbs. or more is required and the ability to respond quickly.

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

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 - 7/9/08