Fire Captain: South Milwaukee Wisconsin Deadline: November 28, 2017

Fire Captain 

Deadline: November 28, 2017

Salary: $2,752.00 – $3,537.60 Biweekly

Job Description:

The Fire Captain is responsible for planning, organizing, coordinating and directing the emergency and non-emergency day-to-day activities of his/her shift; commanding emergency response scenes; directing and performing a variety of staff support functions; planning, organizing, coordinating and directing fire inspection and prevention programs; and performing related work as required and assigned. In the absence of the Fire Chief, the Fire Captain serves as the Officer-In-Charge of the Fire Department.
7:00 A.M. – 7:00 A.M.; 56 hours per week (Average); California schedule (On one, off one, on one,off one, on one, off four); Additional time as the job dictates; Subject to emergency on-call.
Works under the general guidance and direction of the Fire Chief, Emergency Management Director, and select City Officials.



A.    Implement department goals and objectives.
B.    Supervise daily shift operations, assign work projects and approve completed work; establish work priorities and schedule and coordinate work to be accomplished by each shift.
C.    Complete daily log, calls and reports, and overtime and injury records.
D.    Maintain discipline and insure personnel follow department rules and regulations, and all applicable federal, state and local laws.
E.     Respond to emergency incidents and perform a variety of functions including acting as Incident Commander.
F.     Develop, organize, conduct and/or participate in daily training exercises and classroom lectures.
G.    Conduct demonstrations, tours, and public presentations on fire safety and prevention, CPR, first aid, extinguisher use, etc.; respond to complaints and requests for information and guidance from the public and cooperate with surrounding communities in firefighting and rescue efforts.
H.    Assure the cleanliness of station and maintenance of apparatus, tools, equipment and other fire department property.
I.     Maintain prompt, predictable, and regular physical attendance.


A.     Bachelor’s Degree with a minimum of six years experience in a career department; OR
B.     Associate’s Degree with a minimum of six years experience in a career department, two of which must be at the rank of Lieutenant or above. Bachelor’s Degree must be obtained within four years of appointment.
C.     Wisconsin or National Registry Emergency Medical Technician – Basic
D.     Wisconsin State Fire Instructor I Certification or equivalent (NFPA 1041)* Training from outside of Wisconsin must meet Wisconsin requirements.
E.      Wisconsin State Fire Officer I Certification or equivalent (NFPA 1021)* Training from outside of Wisconsin must meet Wisconsin requirements.
F.      Wisconsin State Fire Inspector I Certification or equivalent (NFPA 1031)* Training from outside of Wisconsin must meet Wisconsin requirements.
G.      Valid State Driver’s license or ability to obtain one
H.     Ability to meet departmental physical standards
*Candidates would have 18 months to obtain those items marked with an asterisk and would remain in a probationary status until those certifications are obtained.
Necessary Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
A.    Understand work rules and regulations and maintain the ability to interpret and enforce various organizational policies.
B.    Possess excellent communication skills in order to work effectively with other personnel, municipal officials and citizens.
C.    Possess extensive knowledge of fire protection, water supply, building construction, fire and rescue operations, disaster preparedness, combustible and flammable materials and fire suppression.
D.    Maintain ongoing knowledge of federal, state and local laws and fire safety codes.
E.     Possess skill in report writing, radio operation, driving and operation of various office equipment and motor vehicles.
F.     Maintain physical fitness commensurate with the demands of the position. A pre-employment physical exam is required.
G.    Consent to routine fingerprinting and background check.
H.    Possess valid Wisconsin motor vehicle operator’s license and willingness to use own transportation in the course of performing required duties; evidence of personal motor vehicle liability insurance. Loss of license or insurance is cause for demotion or termination.
I.       Organize, direct, coordinate, prepare and deliver a variety of written and oral records and reports; prepares paper work for training, emergency response, performance evaluations, leave requests, purchase documents and budget requests; delegates special assignments to shift personnel.
J.     Ability to provide truthful and accurate written and verbal communications.
A.    Computer, calculator, copy machine, fax machine, telephone and two-way radio. 
B.    Camera and measuring devices. 
C.    Power tools, hand tools, chain saws, shovels, brooms, ladders, exhaust fans and generators. 
D.    Motor vehicles including fire apparatus, ambulances, passenger vehicles. 
E.     Medical equipment including patient restraints, oxygen equipment, and patient lifting devices. 
F.     Self-Contained and Supplied Airline Breathing apparatus, protective toe footwear, hearing and eye protection, firefighting turnout clothing, and hazardous material clothing.

 Additional Information:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to:
A.     stand, walk, sit, stoop, kneel, crouch and crawl
B.     run, swim, grapple, climb, balance, bend, twist, and reach
C.    feel, talk, and hear (normal range in normal office environment,   corrected or uncorrected)
D.    far and near vision as follows: 20/40 in one eye and 20/100 in other eye, both uncorrected, or 20/20 in one eye and 20/40 in other eye, both corrected. No contact lenses. Color vision and peripheral vision. Hand-eye coordination is necessary to operate various pieces of equipment
E.     lift, carry, push/pull 100 pounds or more
F.      smell
G.  handle, grasp and finger: fire hose, ladders, performing CPR, utilizing patient lifting devices, etc.
A.   Stamina – ventilate a roof, pull charged hose line; strip roof with pike poles, climb stairs with equipment; carry hose up multiple flights.
B.   Extent Flexibility – roll/pull hose; remove ceiling with pike poles; push ladder to peak; reach out from ladder; chop with an axe; extricate victim; overhaul burning building; remove building parts.
C.   Dynamic Flexibility – chop with axe; pick up hose; advance hose; strip roof; do CPR/chest compressions.
D.  Static Strength – carry hose; lift/carry victim/patient; move charged hose; lift ladder; move generator.
E.  Explosive Strength – force entry with axe/battering ram; raise ladder; run up stairs with equipment; breach walls; pull/advance hose; chop with axe to vent roof.
F.  Dynamic Strength – climb ladders/stairs in full turn out with equipment; climb aerial ladder.
G.   Trunk Strength – pull charged hose; do CPR; pick up equipment at fire; hold hose on fire target; lift victim.
H.  Spread Limb Movement – dodge debris; chop with axe; use mask; pump manual pump; exit burning building; operate tiller for aerial rig; do CPR; run/drive rig.
I.     Gross Body Coordination – climb/descend ladder with victim; advance charged line while maintaining flow on target; walk across roof ridge; start/use power saw.
J.    Gross Body Equilibrium – walk icy roof peak at night; carry patient down stairs; swing axe from ladder.
K.  Arm-Hand Steadiness – take BP/pulse; operate power tools; do CPR; apply traction to limb/neck of victim; connect hose couplings.
L.    Manual Dexterity – couple hose; do CPR; bandage patient; use tools/extraction equipment; use air bag ventilator; tie knots; use SCBA.
M.  Finger Dexterity – maintain/open SCBA equipment; bandage patient; remove object from patient airway with Magill forceps; tie knots; perform infant CPR.
N.  Near Vision – patient assessment; read manuals/pump control panel.
O.  Far Vision – drive to fires; visualization of fire condition; see power lines for safe ladder placement; see addresses.
P.   Visual Color Discrimination – determine fire status/hazard by smoke color; identify highway placards; assess patient.
Q.  Hearing – hear call for help in burning building; hear fire crackle in dense smoke; hear BP.
R.  Mobility – advance hose line; climb ladder; search/rescue in building; move on roof; slide down pole; get on/off equipment.
S.   Effort – chop/ventilate roof; overhaul burned buildings; advance charged line up stairs; climb stairs/ladder; use axe.
A.  The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
B.    Work is performed in an outside work place environment that is  confined.
C.   Exposure to extreme cold and normal, or hot and normal temperature changes. 
D.   Contact with water or liquids. 
E.   The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate to loud with exposure to loud noise with a minimum of 90 decibels and vibrations from tools, equipment, machinery, etc.
F.  Exposure to hazardous conditions such as mechanical, electrical, chemical, burns, explosives, heights, physical injury, and fast moving vehicles.
G.  Exposure to atmospheric conditions such as fumes, gases, noxious odors, dust, and poor ventilation.  
Formal application, rating of education and experience; oral interview(s) and reference check; job related tests, including medical/physical examination, may be required.
The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.
The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.
This is a non-union, non-exempt position.
All applicants will be required to submit to a stringent medical examination prior to appointment consistent with requirements of the position.
The residency requirement for all emergency and non-emergency city employees shall be as permitted by Wis. Stat. Sec. 66.0502.
Wage and benefits are determined by the terms of the City of South Milwaukee Salary Ordinance.
All appointees may be fingerprinted and a record check made of federal, state, and local authorities. A conviction is not an automatic bar to employment.
The City of South Milwaukee is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.

How to Apply: The full job description and application can be found HERE.

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