Fire Fighter Job Descriptions

Fire Fighter Job Descriptions

Fire Chief

A fire chief is a firefighter who has accumulated the education, training and experience needed to advance through the ranks. Working with other emergency response leaders, a fire chief helps coordinate fire control, rescue, hazardous material clean-up and medical treatment efforts. A fire chief uses his or her experience in fire protection and prevention to direct the response of firefighters to limit damage, danger and loss of life. He or she also enforces municipal fire codes and ensures public safety by inspecting fire alarm and protection systems in existing and new construction.

Assistant Fire Chief

The Assistant Fire Chief serves as second in command to the Fire Chief. The Assistant Fire Chief assists in planning, directing, managing, and overseeing the activities and operations of the Fire Department. This includes fire suppression, emergency medical services, hazardous materials response, marine rescue, technical rescue, disaster preparedness, and related programs, services, and operations; coordinates assigned activities with outside agencies. In addition, the Assistant Fire Chief serves as a Command Duty Officer and responds to incidents; may represent the Fire Department in the absence of the Fire Chief, and provides highly responsible and complex administrative and management support to the Fire Chief.

Chief Engineer

Under general supervision of the captain, provides direct services, individually and as a member of a team in response to fire, rescue, hazmat, and other incidents. The engineer is responsible for driving, operating and maintaining fire department apparatus. Additionally, the engineer must respond to medical emergencies and provide pre-hospital care to victims of injury or illness at a BLS or ALS level according to the engineer’s current medical certification.

The position of engineer necessitates the same knowledge, skills, and job requirements as listed under the Firefighter II job description.

• Responds to emergency fire, medical, and hazardous material alarms.
• Drives fire apparatus, engines, ladder truck, tower etc., insures vehicle and equipment maintenance and readiness; makes routine and emergency repairs; transports fire fighting crews safely to fire and emergency scenes; operates fire-fighting apparatus, pumps, nozzles, hydraulic equipment, etc. Supplies extinguishing agents at scenes; provides proper fire streams.
• Performs a thorough, daily inspection and pump check of the apparatus to which he/she is assigned; notifies station officer of any condition requiring repair or maintenance; insures that the inventory of supplies and equipment is complete; assures that apparatus, equipment, and records are maintained and in good order.
• Maintains daily log of equipment and apparatus.
• Operates heavy extraction equipment such as air bags, hydraulically powered cutters and spreaders, pneumatic cutters and special saws.
• Functions as Acting Officer in Charge (AOIC) when required.
• Lays hose lines, operates nozzles, pumps and hydrants; utilizes fire extinguishers and performs other actions to suppress fire; operates hydraulic, pneumatic, manual and power tools.
• Participates in salvage operation and post fire operations; uses salvage covers, floor runners and other related equipment to reduce property damage from heat, smoke, fire, gases, and water.
• Participates in drills and training scenarios as directed.
• Participates in fire and life safety inspections of commercial and residential properties; checks operating condition of hydrants.
• Cleans and performs general maintenance of fire equipment and fire stations.
• Responds to scenes of accidents or acute illness for which emergency medical care has been requested.
• Required to transfer, lift and move patients while employing appropriate safety and lifting techniques.
• Responds to hazardous materials incidents at an awareness level and responds to other calls for assistance as requested by the public.
• Participates in public education programs in schools, civic groups and other locations as requested.
• Conducts departmental training sessions on topics related to the employee’s job functions, attends various engineers’ meetings.
• Utilizes computer system for patient care documentation, record keeping, preincident planning and other job-related functions.
• Drives and operates fire apparatus.
• Performs related duties as required


• Prevents fire damage by conducting surveys and inspections for hazards; enforcing codes.
• Prepares citizens to prevent fire damage by developing and conducting educational and training programs.
• Ensures availability of water at fire scene by testing hydrants; requesting and expediting repairs; verifying repair.
• Minimizes fire damage by responding to alarms; driving and operating equipment; regulating water pressure; combating and extinguishing fires; rescuing and reviving people.
• Ensures operation of equipment by completing preventive maintenance requirements; following manufacturer’s instructions; troubleshooting malfunctions; notifying supervisor of needed repairs; evaluating new equipment and techniques.
• Maintains operations by following policies and procedures; reporting needed changes.
• Provides information by completing reports.
• Maintains technical knowledge by attending educational workshops; studying publications; participating in scheduled drills.
• Maintains fire station building, grounds, and related equipment by completing maintenance schedules.
• Contributes to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed.

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