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Fire Captain
City of Alameda, East Bay


For more info contact:
[email protected]
(510) 747-4900

This Recruitment is open to City of Alameda Employees Only

Close Date: May 15, 2014
Salary: $109,161.00 - $116,327.00 Annually



Tentatively scheduled for week of June 23,2014

Under direction serves as company commander performing, directing and supervising activities of a company in the performance of duties to prevent or limit loss of life and property in emergency situations; may also serve as station commander, planning, directing and coordinating activities of one or more companies; performs specialized duties as assigned; performs other related work as required.  Positions in this class may perform duties relating to multiple companies.  Work in the class is distinguished from that of lower classifications by a broader scope of responsibility and the performance of specialized assignments.  Work performed may vary depending upon duty assignment.

Plans, directs and coordinates activities of the department as assigned; responds to emergency calls as a company officer and, as such, is responsible for directing route to be taken and for the supervision, performance and safety of assigned personnel on the scene of an emergency; evaluates emergency incidents and issues orders necessary to suppress or control the situation until relieved by a superior officer; supervises and performs suppression activities including the placement of apparatus and ladders and laying of hose, ventilation, salvage and overhaul operations; collection and preservation of evidence; rescue tactics and handling of casualties; supervises and performs inspection of and coordinates pre-fire planning for residential, mercantile, industrial institutional and public assembly occupancies; schedules, supervises, and performs various station activities including maintenance of facilities, apparatus, equipment and grounds; maintains station maps, records and logs and prepares required reports, requisitions and recommendations; develops apparatus and equipment specifications; maintains knowledge of current developments relative to preventing or limiting loss of life and property in emergency situations dealing with fire, disasters, disaster preparedness, medical emergencies,  water rescue, confined spaces, and hazardous materials; serves as liaison with other departments, community groups and other public agencies; trains and drills station personnel in preventing or limiting loss of life and property in emergency situations dealing with fire, disasters, disaster preparedness, medical emergencies, water rescue,  confined spaces, and hazardous materials according to departmental plans and guidelines; may conduct specialized training as assigned; may be assigned to various divisions and/or operational areas, such as Fire Prevention, Training, Emergency Medical Services (EMS), or Disaster Preparedness; performs related work and may work in a higher or lower classification; serves as training instructor conducting programs, demonstrations or lectures for the department, other agencies and City departments and/or community groups; ensures compliance with City and departmental rules, regulations, Memoranda of Understanding (M.O.U.) and policies; assists in policy formulation; may perform specialized project, program or operational work as required; supervises, trains and evaluates assigned staff.

To be considered for participation in the examination process, applicants must possess the following minimum qualifications.  Possession of the minimum qualifications does not assure a place on the Eligible List.  This is a competitive examination, where a candidate's performance in the examination will be judged in comparison with the performance of other candidates.


1.  Five years of sworn service with the City of Alameda Fire Department and continued compliance with current Firefighter employment standards.

2.  Qualified to act as a Fire Captain per Draft General Order 2-24 as distributed under Information Bulletin No. 2058.

3.  Possession of a valid California Driver's License and possession of a satisfactory driving record as a condition of initial and continued employment.

Willingness to work variable and 24 shifts, weekends, holidays, irregular days and hours, overtime and on call; respond to mutual aid calls requiring local or out-of-state travel; attend meetings and educational sessions as required during on and off-duty hours; perform routine, repetitive work; train other employees; wear a uniform and safety equipment; work outside in inclement weather; work under undesirable and hazardous conditions; conform to department grooming standards; take a loyalty or affirmation of allegiance to the United States and to the State of California.

1.  Alameda Fire Department General Orders Bulletins

2.  Alameda Firefighters Local 689 M.O.U.

3.  Alameda County EMS Policy Manual, 2014 Field Manual

4.  2012 Emergency Response Guidebook, Pages 1-19, 285-291, 356-382, U.S. Department of Transportation

5.  Fire and Emergency Services Company Officer, 4th Ed., IFSTA, Part A, Chapters 1-21

6.  Building Construction Related to the Fire Service, 3rd Ed., 2010 IFSTA

7.  Introduction to ICS: ICS I-100 Course Materials

8.  Basic ICS: ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents: I-200 Student Workbook, May 2006

9.  Building Construction Related to the Fire Service, 3rd Ed., IFSTA

10.  Introduction to Fire Origin and Cause, 4th Ed., 2005, IFSTA

11.  Command 1A: Command Operations for the Company Officer, California Edition, 1st Edition, Delmar

The selection process may include material to measure KNOWLEDGE and ABILITIES sections as listed on the classification specification.

PART I: A review of all applications to identify those applicants who meet the announced minimum requirements for acceptance into the examination. Resumes will not be accepted in any part of this exam.

PART IIWritten Exercise (weighted 20%) and Qualifications Appraisal Interview (weighted 50%) including a Simulator Exercise (weighted 30%).  The Written Exercise and Qualifications Appraisal Interview will evaluate the following dimensions: leadership, motivational ability, judgment/decision making; planning/organization; oral communication; written communication; interpersonal skill; and composure.  Candidates meeting the minimum qualifications are eligible to take the exam in its entirety.  Candidates must achieve an overall score of 70% or better to have their names placed on the Eligible List in rank order.  Tie scores will be broken by giving priority to the candidate based upon the highest score received on the Qualifications Appraisal Interview, Simulator Exercise, Written Exercise, and the earliest application date, respectively.  The number of names certified to the department will exceed by two the number of vacancies to be filled.  Placement on an Eligible List does not guarantee employment.

Veteran’s Preference Credit: A job applicant qualifies as a veteran if honorably discharged from active military, reservist, or National Guard duty of at least 18 consecutive months within the past five (5) years of the date of application. In case of discharge attributable to service-connected injuries or illnesses, the 18 months active duty requirement need not be fulfilled. An applicant claiming veteran’s preference credit must attach to their application, a legible copy of their DD-214 verifying the type of discharge and date(s) of active service.  NO OTHER DOCUMENTATION WILL BE ACCEPTED.

AGENCY SHOP:Employees in this classification, as a condition of employment, must agree to union membership or payment of an “in lieu” service fee.

1.  Apply ONLINE at or

2.  Apply IN-PERSON at the City of Alameda Human Resources Department (Monday-Thursday, 8am-6pm) at 2263 Santa Clara Avenue, Room 290, Alameda, CA 94501  

Applications must be filed no later than closing time on the last date to apply.  No photocopies or facsimiles accepted.  It is the applicant's responsibility to allow adequate delivery time.



The City of Alameda encourages minorities, women and the disabled to apply.  It is the City's policy that all aspects of employment and promotion shall be without regard to sex, marital status or disability (except where dictated by requirements of the position), race, sexual orientation, political affiliation, religious creed, color, national origin or age.  Qualified disabled persons must be able to perform the essential functions of the position with reasonable accommodations.  No individual may pose a direct threat to the health or safety of himself/herself or other individuals in the workplace.  Barring undue hardship, reasonable accommodations can be made in the application and examination process for disabled individuals or for religious reasons.  Requests for reasonable accommodation should be made in advance to the Human Resources Department.  Hearing Impaired TDD (510) 522-7538.

The information contained herein is subject to change and does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract.


For Benefits information, please visit our website at:

A detailed summary for this position can be found under International Association of Firefighters, Local 689.

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