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Captain Job Description

DEFINITION
Under the supervision of the Assistant Fire Chief, plans, organizes, directs, and administers all operations of the fire department assigned to him/her by the Fire Chief within the authority delegated. Also, in the absence of a chief officer shall perform all applicable EMERGENCY OPERATION duties of the Fire Chief in a sufficient manner until arrival of a chief officer.

EXAMPLES of DUTIES
Develop and coordinate plans to have establish and / or maintain a Recruitment, Retention and Cadet program.

Develops and coordinates plans for assigned tactical objectives at an emergency scene;
Attends training programs oriented to the duties of a company officer;

Responds to emergency calls as necessary and may assume command and direct activities (in the absence of a chief officer) under the department's jurisdiction and authority.

DESIRABLE KNOWLEDGE and SKILLS

Thorough knowledge of modern firefighting methods and techniques and ability to apply this knowledge to various fire control and fire prevention problems;

Thorough knowledge of the use and operation of a wide variety of firefighting equipment and apparatus;

Ability to plan, assign, and coordinate the work of a group of employees engaged in fire prevention and fire control activities;

Ability to maintain discipline, to lead and command effectively, and direct firefighters and equipment under emergency conditions.

REQUIRED EDUCATION, TRAINING, and EXPERIENCE

Must possess a high school diploma or equivalent;

Minimum of three (3) years of extensive experience in firefighting work of a progressively responsible nature;

Must have and maintain a valid PA drivers license;

Completion of  Essentials of Firefighting, RIT, Incident Command, Hazardous Materials First Responder, CPR, Basic 1st Aid & AED Certified or equivalent training or education for aforementioned requirements. 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

Maintain communication among subordinates;

Required to attend certification classes and seminars outside of the immediate area, as well as pertinent board meetings;

Ability to supervise subordinates, maintain discipline, and cooperate with other officers and employees;

Ability to communicate verbally and in writing to superiors in the form of presentations, reports;

Assist in preparation of a master plan for future department operations;

Ability to complete written reports of fires, medical emergencies, and inspections;

Must complete a minimum of twenty (30) hours of training per year;

PHYSICAL DEMANDS 

Hearing, seeing speaking;

Walking, bending, stooping, kneeling, crouching and/or crawling.

Can expect to be called at any time regardless of time or weather conditions.

Able to endure heights and confined spaces;

Able to endure extreme temperatures, heavy smoke conditions, chemical, physical, and mechanical hazards;

Must have ability to lift/carry heavy equipment and objects, either alone or with the assistance of others.

MENTAL DEMANDS

Reading, writing, communications;

Having contact with persons experiencing adverse trauma;

Ability to make decisions in emergency and pressure situations;

Communicating verbally and in writing to superior officers;

Ability to comprehend and complete tasks based on verbal and written objectives;

Ability to work under pressure situations.
 

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