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Fire Captain
City of Alhambra, Los Angeles Area


For more info contact:
[email protected]
(626) 570-5095

This Recruitment is open to City of Alhambra Employees Only

Close Date: May 24, 2017
Salary: $7,357.00 - $9,386.00 Monthly

DEFINITION:Under general direction, to coordinate, supervise, plan, and organize the activities and work of sworn and non-sworn personnel in an assigned section, division, shift or unit within the Alhambra Fire Department; and to perform other duties as required.




Duties may include, but are not limited to the following: assigns, coordinates, supervises, directs, plans, and organizes the varied and related activities and work of personnel in an assigned section, division, shift or unit; assures proper fire coverage of the city, section division and assigned fire district; reviews, assigns, and evaluates the work of subordinates (sworn and non-sworn); recommends disciplinary action as necessary; confers with subordinate personnel regarding special assignments and performance of personnel (sworn and non-sworn); fire code enforcement problems; fire fighter training; citizen complaints and other operational issues; conducts special projects involving station crews as assigned; conducts research and complies statistics and other information; prepares related reports and other written documents/correspondence; provides liaison to the public, responding to inquires and resolving complaints regarding subordinate personnel and service levels of fire and EMS units; coordinates fire and EMS activities with other city departments/divisions and outside agencies; oversees the enforcement  of fire codes and ordinances, preliminary investigation of fires, and gathering of evidence; interrogate witnesses, suspects, and victims; may represent the department in committee and/or community activities or meetings regarding fire and EMS services; reviews reports prepared by subordinate personnel; analyzes fire and EMS activity levels; conducts briefing and training sessions; ensures compliance with and disseminates information regarding department policy and procedures; participates and coordinates fire and EMS training to ensure the retention of knowledge and skills; prepares and/or directs preparation of training manuals and instructional materials; may provide information on fire and EMS incidents and operations to the press, general public, and other interested parties; communicates clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; may participate in the preparation of the department budget and expenditure control; develops plans for improvements and to meet new and unusual circumstances, emergencies, and special events; and performs other related duties are required.


QUALIFICATION GUIDELINES:Permanently appointed as a Fire Engineer with the City of Alhambra or have five (5) years of experience in municipal firefighting work, of which three (3) years has been in the Alhambra Fire Department as a Firefighter.  Possession of the Fire Officer Certification through the State Fire Marshal Certification Program, I-200 class and possess an Associate of Arts degree, Associate of Science degree, lower division certification or 60 semester units. 


KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES:  Knowledge of:  Firefighting and emergency medical principles, practices and techniques; local, state and national safety codes, ordinances, and laws relating to fire prevention; building materials and construction; principles and practices of fire administration; modern fire fighting procedures and equipment, and ability to apply the knowledge of fire control and fire prevention situations; physical layout and composition of the City including, major fire hazards, and target hazards; water supply system; City personnel administrative policies and procedures; principles of supervision; enforcement of applicable fire laws and ordinances.  Ability to:  Effectively direct the work of others and exercise good judgment in emergency situations; analyze fire and EMS situations and direct fire fighters to take effective courses of action; direct and engage in safe work practices in accordance with established policy; provide effective and proper oral and written directions under stressful situations/conditions; perform physically demanding work in hazardous conditions; interpret and explain laws, regulations and rules, as well as department policies and procedures; maintain appropriate flow of communication and chain of command; identify and inform superiors of sensitive issues/situations; meet the public in situations requiring diplomacy and tact; use and care for fire station, fire response vehicles and other equipment; prepare and present reports; establish and maintain cooperative working relationships; supervise assigned personnel; meet the physical requirements established by the City; operate programs within an allocated budget; and make decisions regarding operational and personnel functions; plan, direct, and assist in all of the activities of fire fighting, emergency medical and fire department operations; supervise and train subordinates effectively and tactfully, and work cooperatively with other city employees and the public; drive a fire apparatus safely and skillfully in accordance with traffic laws and ordinances.




Applicants must apply online at www.  Applications will be screened for qualifications and appropriate background and only those qualified will be invited to participate in the examination process.  Successful candidates must achieve a minimum passing score in each of the test components.  Applicants will be notified by mail of the test date, time, and location.  The examination process will include the following:


Examination Process            100%


Applicants must complete an application online and attach copies of:

(1) Transcripts or College Diploma;

(2) California Driver's License Class A, B or C with a Fire Chief Endorsement;

(3) California State Fire Training Company Officer Certificate

(4) One of the below:

     (a) EMT-1 or EMT-P Certificate

     (b) Alhambra Fire Engineer Certificate (within the last 3 years)

    (c) CSFT Driver/Operator 1A and 1B Certificates AND have passed the most current Alhambra Fire Engineer Examination process


Please note that a resume is optional and should not to be submitted in lieu of a completed application. 



Applicants with legal disabilities who require special testing arrangements must contact the Human Resources Department at least five (5) working days prior to the examination date. 




Effective January 1, 2013, new members to CalPERS or an agency with CalPERS’ reciprocity will be subject to the provisions of the Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act of 2013 (PEPRA) and will receive 2.7% @ 57 benefit formula underwhich the employee pays 12% as a contribution to the PEPRA plan. Employees who are current members of CalPERS or an agency with CalPERS’ reciprocity, or who have less than a six month break in service between employment in a CalPERS (or reciprocal) agency will be enrolled in the 3% @50 benefit formula.  Employees pay the entire 9% member contribution amount established by CalPERS for the [email protected] retirement benefit formula and shall be made on a pre-tax basis.  The City offers a Section 125 cafeteria benefit plan. The City does not participate in the Social Security System. City paid leave time (sick, vacation and holiday) available in accordance with City policies.

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