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Job Specification 01836

FIRE CAPTAIN

 

DEFINITION


 Under direction, has charge of a fire department company intended
 to  assist  in  the  extinguishing of fires; does  other  related
 duties.

 NOTE: The definition and examples of work for this title are for
 illustrative  purposes only.  A particular  position  using  this
 title   may   not  perform  all  duties  listed  in    this   job
 specification. Conversely, all duties performed on the  job   may
 not be listed.

 
EXAMPLES OF WORK:


 Takes   the   lead in fighting fires and  exercises  considerable
 independent  judgment in deciding the best way  to  extinguish  a
 fire.

 Takes command at fires until the arrival of superior officers.

 Directs the work of firefighters engaged in extinguishing fires.

 Preserves order and discipline among subordinates.

 Gives  assignments  and  instructions, and  provides  staff  with
 needed  advice and assistance when difficult and unusual problems
 arise.

 Checks the work of subordinates to see that proper procedures are
 followed, that reasonable standards of workmanship, conduct,  and
 output are maintained, and that desired objectives are achieved.

 Makes daily inspections of the company and its equipment.

 Supervises  the cleaning and maintenance of the building,  rooms,
 and equipment.

 Manages  work  operations  and/or functional  programs, and   has
 responsibility  for  employee  evaluations  and  for  effectively
 recommending  the  hiring,  firing, promoting,  demoting,  and/or
 disciplining of employees.

 Assigns  firefighters to inspect schools, theaters, offices,  and
 other buildings to ensure that proper fire precautionary measures
 are maintained at public gatherings.

 Prepares reports of fires, equipment, and personnel.

 Keeps essential records and files.

 Will  be required to learn to utilize various types of electronic
 and/or  manual  recording and information  systems  used  by  the
 agency, office, or related units.





 REQUIREMENTS:

      EDUCATION:

       Graduation  from high school, vocational  high  school,  or
 possession of an approved high school equivalency certificate.

      EXPERIENCE:

       One  (1) year of supervisory fire experience involving  the
 extinguishing of fires.

      CERTIFICATION

      In  accordance  with NJAC 5:73-1.6(b), c  &  (d),  effective
 February  17, 2000, applicants for this position must  possess  a
 valid Incident Management Level 1 certification issued by the New
 Jersey Division of Fire Safety, Department of Community Affairs.

      AGE:

       Not  less  than 18 nor more than 35 years  of  age  at  the
 announced  closing  date   for   filing  applications   for   the
 position.   In  determining maximum age eligibility of  veterans,
 the  time  spent  in  active military  service   during   periods
 specified   in   Department  of Personnel Law and Rules  will  be
 deducted from the attained age.

      NOTE: Age requirement does not apply in those jurisdictions
 whose  members  are not enrolled in the police and fire  pensions
 systems.

      NOTE: When  applicants have reached their  35th  birthday,
 they  are  considered to be over 35 years old.   Age  limits  are
 based on the announced closing date for filing applications.

      MEDICAL EXAMINATION

        After  certification from civil service lists,  appointees
 may  be  required  to  pass  a  thorough medical and  psychiatric
 examination   to  be administered  by  the appointing  authority.
 Any   psychological,  medical,  or physical condition  or  defect
 which  would  prevent efficient  performance of the duties of the
 position,  cause  the appointee to be a hazard to himself/herself
 or  others,  or become aggravated  as a result of performance  of
 these duties,  will  be cause for rejection.

      LICENSE:

      Appointees  will  be required to possess a driver's  license
 valid  in  New Jersey only if the operation of a vehicle,  rather
 than  employee mobility, is necessary to perform essential duties
 of the position.

  KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES:

 Knowledge of laws and ordinances which are significant  from  the
 fire point of view.

 Knowledge  of methods likely to be effective in fighting  various
 types of fires.

 Knowledge   of  varied   kinds  of  firefighting  equipment   and
 apparatus.


 Knowledge  of the location of schools, large buildings,  streets,
 and fire alarm boxes in the municipality.

 Knowledge  of types of fire alarm communications that are  useful
 and feasible in the fire department.

 Knowledge  of procedures likely to be effective in enlisting  the
 support  of  citizens  and  others in taking  fire  precautionary
 measures.

 Ability  to  analyze  and  interpret  laws,  ordinances,   rules,
 regulations, standards, and procedures and apply them to specific
 situations and cases.

 Ability to organize the work of an assigned company so as to make
 the best available use of personnel, funds, and equipment.

 Ability to give assignments to firefighters.

 Ability to provide periodic training programs.

 Ability  to  take a leading part in establishing and  maintaining
 cooperative and helpful relationships with citizens and others.

 Ability to supervise the cleaning, maintenance, and minor  repair
 of the building, rooms, trucks, and equipment.

 Ability to take immediate and correct action when a fire alarm is
 sounded, and to direct firefighters at a fire.

 Ability to remain cool and decisive in emergency situations.

 Ability  to  prepare  clear,  sound,  accurate,  and  informative
 reports.

 Ability to establish and maintain records and files.

 Ability  to  learn to utilize various types of electronic  and/or
 manual  recording  and information systems used  by  the  agency,
 office, or related units.

 Ability  to  read, write, speak, understand, and  communicate  in
 English  sufficiently to perform the duties of   this   position.
 American  Sign  Language or Braille may  also  be  considered  as
 acceptable forms of communication.

 Persons with mental or physical disabilities are eligible as long
 as  they  can  perform the essential functions of the  job  after
 reasonable accommodation is made to their known limitations.   If
 the  accommodation  cannot be made because  it  would  cause  the
 employer undue hardship, such persons may not be eligible.

 CODES: 01836                   CGS                   3/07/00

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