Fire Captain
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Posted on: 2017/07/10

Minimum Qualifications:
•High School Diploma or GED. 
•One year as a LAFD Driver Engineer.
•Must be a United States citizen.
•Must possess and maintain a valid New Mexico CDL-E driver’s license.
•Must possess and maintain a DOE Q clearance and is subject to additional federal background investigation.  Subsequently, should Q access authorization be under review, but not suspended or revoked, and employee remains eligible to be escorted into a secured area, a reasonable time for reinstatement shall be allowed.
•Must possess and maintain an EMT (B, I or P) license that qualifies for NMAC 27.2 Certification and Licensing requirements and maintain positive Medical Direction status. If non-New Mexico EMT, including Paramedic, license, must pass New Mexico State licensing examination and achieve positive Medical Direction status before end of new hire probationary period. 
•Must possess at time of application:
o Fire Officer II (IFSAC or Pro Board) certification as stated in NFPA standards and
o A current Incident Safety Officer (FDSOA with Pro Board certification) certificate.
•Successful passing of the LAFD examination related directly to the job duties by receiving satisfactory scores on an assessment of their abilities.
•Successful completion of an examination by a licensed physician and be free of any physical condition as listed in the LAFD Medical Standards.
•Be free of any mental or emotional condition, which might adversely affect performance.  May be required to be examined by a licensed psychologist or psychiatrist.
•Successful completion of the physical agility standard requirements of the LAFD and annually thereafter. 
•Successful completion of mandatory drug screening and subsequent random drug screenings. 
•Successful completion of the background investigation, including FBI fingerprint check. 
•Must not have been convicted of a felony or other crime involving moral turpitude.

Preferred Qualifications:
•Associates Degree from an accredited college or university in Fire Science, Fire Protection, Emergency Medical Services, Fire Administration, Public Administration, Business Administration, or a closely related field; or a  minimum of 40 hours of college coursework from an accredited college or university applied towards a Bachelor’s degree in Fire Science, Fire Protection, Emergency Medical Services, Fire Administration, Public Administration, Business Administration or a closely related field. 
•Fire Instructor II (IFSAC or Pro Board) certification as stated in the NFPA standards.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
•Knowledge of fire behavior and fire suppression principles, methods, techniques and practices.
•Knowledge of principles of personnel deployment, supervision and training.
•Knowledge of principles of fire ground hydraulics, fire and rescue apparatus, equipment and building construction.
•Knowledge and skill in emergency medical techniques.
•Knowledge of training techniques to provide on-the-job training to crewmembers.
•Knowledge of evidence of arson and the presentation of evidence in court. 
•Knowledge of effective methods of crowd control, building evacuation techniques and traffic rules. 
•Skill in analyzing situations quickly and objectively, and determining the proper course of action.
•Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community. 
•Knowledge of Fire Code, ordinances, and practices.
•Ability to gain or have knowledge of city street layout and water systems. 
•Ability to supervise and train employees, to include organizing, prioritizing, and scheduling work assignments. 
•Ability to safely operate tools, apparatus, vehicles and equipment used in fire suppression, rescue and medical assistance operations.
•Ability to perform mathematical calculations in hydraulics to support training and fire suppression. 
•Ability to work independently and meet strict time lines.
•Ability to follow oral and written instructions.
•Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, as well as by radio. 
•Ability to be reached by telephone at all times.  
•Ability to react calmly and effectively in emergency situations. 
•Ability to maintain confidentiality.
•Ability to operate, access, retrieve and input information using computer equipment and necessary software. 
•Ability to read, understand and follow specific instructions and procedures, maps, orders pre-fire plans, medical charts and study material. 
•Ability to memorize the names of streets and reference water maps for water mains, fire hydrants and fire hazards in the fire district.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
•Supervises and trains an assigned crew and is responsible for the supervision, safety, training, accountability and development of assigned personnel.
•Responds to emergency calls and fire alarms and directs the route to be taken. If the first company to arrive, evaluates the situation and decides if additional companies are needed and, if so, communicates  his/her decision, then selects and applies the best method of handling the situation until relieved of command by a superior officer. 
•Responsible for implementation of Incident Command System (ICS) compliant with the National Incident Management System (NIMS).
•Supervises his/her crew in rescue, administering of EMS, placement of fire apparatus, hose evolutions, direction and pressure of water streams, placing of ladders, ventilating buildings, and placing of salvage covers; directs the overhaul, and clean up after a fire; conducts preliminary investigation of cause and origin. 
•Maintains all applicable duties, responsibilities, knowledge, skill and abilities as FFI, FFII, Driver Engineer.  
•Ensures that assigned company equipment is returned to its proper place before leaving the emergency scene. On arrival at the fire station, supervises the cleaning, servicing and return to emergency readiness of apparatus and equipment. 
•Conducts drill evaluations, conducts roll call, reads and transmits orders and information to the crew.
•Assures a proper state of company readiness by supervising assigned drills and training sessions to increase proficiency and maintains a high state of company conduct, discipline, and morale, taking corrective action to maintain said conditions. 
•Keeps a daily log of company activities. Submits reports on emergency calls, accidents, drills, apparatus inspections, supplies, station inspections, target hazards, and personnel performance.
•Studies, becomes familiar with, and has the edibility to recall streets, terrain, fire hydrants, auxiliary water supplies, sprinkler systems, building occupancy and contents, the location of gas and electric motor shut-offs, freezing units, auxiliary alarms and panels and non-ambulatory citizens.
•Maintains level of competent physical condition to perform duties and ensures crews  maintain physical fitness. 
•Schedules, supervises or participates in: fire inspections as directed, pre-fire plans target hazards, school fire drills, conducting station visits by schools, and participating in public education through public speaking engagements and written communications to interested citizens and groups. 
•Ensures that all county and Fire Department directives, administrative policies and procedures are implemented and followed.
•Maintains effective public relations for the county and Fire Department.
•Prepares performance evaluation reports on assigned subordinates as directed.
•Supervises and assists in rescue, confinement, extinguishment, overhaul, salvage, administration of medical aid, and ventilation operations.
•Drafts and ensures that all reports originating from his/her station are clear, accurate, concise and timely.
•Advises counterparts of activities on his/her shift, noting special instructions and unusual conditions.
•May conduct or assist in the training of personnel.
•May be assigned as the Support Officer for the on-duty Battalion Chief.  Duties may include but are not limited to, scheduling, time keeping, assignment of overtime, office duties, second in command on duty, accountability rosters and keeping Chief Officers and Company Officers informed of daily operational needs.
•May be assigned as a Training Captain on a 40-hour work schedule.
•May act as Battalion Chief as assigned.
•Maintains confidentiality of all privileged information.
•Contributes to a team effort and accomplishes related results as required.
•Performs other duties as required.

Physical Demands:
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; use hands to touch, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; talk or hear; and taste or smell.  The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 50 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 175 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include distance vision, peripheral vision, and ability to adjust focus.  The employee is regularly exposed to high, precarious places; fumes or airborne particles; toxic or caustic chemicals; outside weather conditions; extreme heat; risk of electrical shock; and vibration. Must be able to operate heavy equipment and wear PPE for extended period of time.  The employee is occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts.

Work Environment:
Work is performed in a fire station or office environment and outdoors setting with high noise level.  Work involves potential exposure to radiation, high explosives, high voltages, toxic and exotic chemicals, fluid borne pathogens, smoke, heat, rugged terrain, confined spaces and human tragedy, under all weather conditions at any time of the day or night.  Wildland Urban Interface firefighting and aircraft rescue firefighting conditions may also be experienced.  Current tour of duty consists of 48 hours on duty, 96 hours off duty.  Assignments may mandate a 40 hour workweek at the discretion of the Fire Chief. Must report to work when called out for emergency and non-emergency situations. Extended work hours and various work schedules will be required.

Authorization to provide emergency medical services may be modified, suspended or terminated by the LAFD Medical Director.  The Medical Director’s actions will not constitute discipline.  Failure to be authorized to perform an essential job function may subject the employee to discipline.

This position requires mandatory and random drug testing and screening; therefore, all applicable federal/state regulations or laws and county rules and policies covering random, post-accident, pre-hire, and return to duty testing will be conducted prior to and during employment.

Each and every county position requires the following professional skills and abilities as key and necessary elements of performance.  Employees are required to:

•Demonstrate regular and reliable attendance;
•Work well with others and participate fully in a team oriented environment;
•Interface with other employees and customers in a courteous and respectful manner;
•Project positive support of their department and all county organizations at all times; and,
•Maintain and enhance the county’s commitment to customer service excellence.

How to Apply:

County application is required.  Apply at the Human Resources Division, County of Los Alamos, 1000 Central Avenue, Ste. 230, Los Alamos, NM  87544.  Applications are available in our office, at or by calling (505)662-8040.  All vacant positions are listed on the above website and on our Job Line at (505)662-8039.  

If you are an individual with a disability who is in need of an auxiliary aid or service to participate in the examination process, notify the Human Resources Division at (505)662-8040 at the time of application.  Some documents can be provided in accessible formats.  Contact Human Resources at the above number if an accessible format is needed.

Applications become a public record upon receipt and may be made available for public inspection.

Selection Procedure:

The Incorporated County of Los Alamos does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation or gender identity, disability, genetic information, or veteran status in employment or the provisions of service.



Deadline for Submissions: 07/28/2017