The City’s volunteer Fire Department is older than the City itself, founded as a volunteer corps in 1861 to replace a U.S. Army fire brigade. Today, it is the largest volunteer urban Fire Department in California staffed 24/7 with volunteers. The paid staff are the Fire Chief, 2 Division Chiefs, 3 Fire Captains, 3 Fire Engineers and an Administrative Assistant. Dispatch is staffed through the Public Safety Dispatch Center housed at the Police Department. Ambulance services are handled through a county-wide contract. The Department runs fire, emergency and medical calls, as well as attaching units to wildland strike teams, when possible.
The Department is moving toward a combination paid-volunteer model with this position being among the first group of paid professional positions added under the Fiscal Year 2019-20 budget.
Under general supervision typically from a Fire Captain, safely and effectively operates fire apparatus and other assigned vehicles during emergency and non-emergency situations, including responding to emergency medical calls, wildland and structure fires, and other emergency calls for service; lead assigned crew in the performance of fire-fighting duties; perform routine maintenance and make minor repairs on vehicles, equipment and the Fire Station; perform fire prevention tasks; perform EMT duties; performr rescues, and do other related work.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
The Fire Engineer has primary responsibility for the proper operations and maintenance of assigned fire equipment and apparatus. Work requires a good understanding of first aid techniques and lifesaving methods. Incumbents may occasionally perform duties of a Fire Captain in his/her absence.
The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices. The specifications for this classification are under review and are likely to change.
- Operates pumps and all apparatus to effectively suppress fires, determining the best location for apparatus; connects and lays hose lines and determines the correct operating pressures and water flows; makes minor adjustments and repairs during assigned 24-hour shifts.
- Drives and maintains fire apparatus.
- Assists with the overhaul, salvage and clean-up operations at any incident.
- Operates defibrillator, oxygen equipment, and delivers BLS as an EMT/Paramedic.
- Selects routes to be taken to fire and locates apparatus at proper place for efficient and safe operations.
- Answers general questions of the public and provides information.
- Prepares reports; and obeys and transmits, are required, all orders of superior.
- May supervise subordinate personnel in absence of the Fire Captain.
- Performs related duties as assigned.
Fire Chief Justin Vincent is looking for a motivated, team-oriented Engineer with well-developed technical skills in the proper operation and maintenance of assigned fire equipment and apparatus, and be self-motivated, team-oriented, embrace diversity and exercise sound judgment.
Education and Experience Guidelines
Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:
High School diploma or equivalent, and successful completion of a state-certified fire academy and other required certification courses. Additional college level coursework in fire service or closely related field, up to an including an Associate of Arts degree from an accredited College, is highly desired.
Equivalent of two (2) years of full-time fire-fighting experience with the Suisun City Fire Department or similar agency.
License or Certificate:
Possession of a valid Class C driver license with appropriate endorsements.
Possession of Firefighter I certification issued by the State of California.
Completed Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator 1A and 1B.
Possession of valid EMT certifications. Paramedic preferred.
New employees must successfully complete a medical evaluation consistent with the NFPA 1582 Standard on Comprehensive Occupational Medical Program for Fire Departments, in addition to a background investigation. A valid CPAT certification will be required.
The benefit package includes:
Medical Insurance - Fully City-paid medical up to the CalPERS Kaiser Rate for employee, spouse and dependents. A cash payment of up to $575 per month in lieu of enrolling in City's health plans. Vision and dental insurance options available at competitive rates. Available IRS Section 125 benefits plan for dependent care and healthcare reimbursement accounts.
Retirement - Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) of 2% @ 55 (Safety-Fire) for Classic Employees (fully paid by City, including EPMC), or 2% @ 57 for new employees (employees pay 9.5%) subject to the California Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act of 2013. City does not participate in Social Security, but does withhold for Medicare, in accordance with federal law.
Life Insurance - Fully City-paid life insurance of $200,000 for employee only.
Deferred Compensation Plan - City contributes match up to 4% of base salary per pay period into the ICMA 457 Deferred Compensation Plan.
Education / Training Reimbursement - Up to $1,000 per year upon successful completion of approved program.
Paid Leave - 96 hours of sick leave and 106 hours paid vacation per year for the first five years of service. Employees scheduled to work the 13 holidays recognized by the City receive time-and-a-half holiday pay for hours worked.
Alternative Work Schedule - For Fire positions, 24-hour shifts working 2,756 hours per year.
Uniform Allowance - For Fire positions, $1,300 annual uniform allowance.
This job classification is not represented by a bargaining group.
The City of Suisun City utilizes CalOpps.org to accept and process employment applications.
Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of the City’s official application form, but should accompany the application. All applications and resumes will be reviewed to select those applicants whose qualifications appear to most closely match the requirements of the position.
A limited number of qualified applicants may be invited to participate in the subsequent phase(s) of the recruitment process, which may include one or more of the following: written examination, performance examination, assessment exercises, oral interviews, complete background checks, and a medical physical examination.
The most qualified applicants will be invited to participate in an Oral Board interview scheduled for Wednesday, September 25, 2019, which will determine which applicants are invited to a Chief's Interview scheduled for Tuesday, October 1, 2019.
Invitations to these examinations will be sent to the email address provided with this application.
Meeting the minimum qualifications does not guarantee advancement in the selection process.