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Captain Job Description

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.

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.


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.


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. 


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;


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.


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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