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FIRE CAPTAIN
41130
(Competitive)



DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS
The work involves responsibility for directing the work of a fire company engaged in responding to alarms, fighting fires, performing fire prevention and code enforcement inspections or while on duty at the fire station. An employee in this class may be assigned to the Fire Prevention Bureau with primary respon­sibility for fire prevention and code enforcement inspections; or to the Training Division to teach, drill and instruct all members of the department. An employee in this class may also be responsible on a rotating basis for supervis­ing the activities of the Syracuse Fire Department's alarm receipt and dispatch functions on an assigned shift.

In the absence of a superior officer, an employee in this class exercises the command responsibilities. Work assignments are received from superior officers who review work performance by inspection or comment at the scene of fires or departmental fire control center. Supervision is exercised over a number of subordinates. Does related work as required.

TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES
When assigned to line Fire fighting duties:
Responds as directed to all alarms for assigned company while on duty.
Directs the work of firefighters at scenes of alarms and at stationhouses.
Assigns firefighters to lay out and connect hose lines and nozzles, to raise ladders and ventilate buildings, and to turn water on and off.
Inspects property at scenes of fires to prevent reignition.
Supervises the checking, cleaning, and replacement of tools and equipment after fires.
Inspects grounds, stationhouse, and equipment to insure proper condition and working order.
Conducts fire prevention, fire protection and code enforcement inspections with company or alone as required.
Conducts lectures and shows motion pictures to citizen groups and school children on subject of fire prevention, fire protection and exiting premises under fire conditions.
Checks and inspects places of public assembly, including periods when in use, to insure observance of all fire regulations and capacity limitations.
Checks fire alarm systems, sprinklers and standpipes for proper maintenance and operation.
Performs salvage, ventilating, and other work common to firefighting.
Maintains discipline.
Trains and drills subordinate staff.
Prepares requisitions for supplies and repairs.
Makes daily reports of personnel and activities; uses a computer to prepare and write reports as needed.

When assigned to Dispatching duties:
Supervises the work of Fire Lieutenants who receive alarms and dispatch appropriate apparatus and equipment to respond to alarms.
Assists subordinates in dispatching multiple alarm calls as required.
Trains subordinates to promote efficiency in dispatching.
Performs dispatching tasks to relieve subordinates.
When assigned to Fire Prevention Bureau duties:
Conducts fire prevention and code enforcement inspections.
Supervises subordinates in the performance of Bureau activities.
Receives and acts on complaints from citizens; cooperates with other City agencies.
Prepares reports as required; uses a computer to prepare and write reports as needed.

When assigned to Training Division duties:
Drills and instructs all department members on firematics, hazardous materials, departmental policies, procedures, operations and responsibilities.

FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS

Thorough knowledge of modern fire fighting, fire prevention and fire protection practices.
Thorough knowledge of fire prevention code, building codes and other applicable fire prevention laws and ordinances for the City of Syracuse.
Thorough knowledge of first aid methods
Good knowledge of methods and principles of supervision.
Ability to recognize common fire hazards and corrective action required.
Ability to recognize special fire hazards related to type of occupancy, type of construction and corrective action required.
Ability to supervise subordinates in a manner consistent with the requirements of firefighting.
Ability to react promptly, calmly and efficiently to situations while at the scenes of fires, other emergencies or during the receipt of alarms and the dispatch of companies.
Ability to train subordinates in the techniques of modern firefighting procedures and other areas of Fire Department responsibilities.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
One (1) year of permanent competitive class status in the title of Fire Lieutenant.

09/2000 Revised