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Company: City of San Marcos, CA
Location: San Marcos
Posted on: February 15, 2019

Job Description:


The City of San Marcos Fire Department is pleased to announce the

2019 Fire Engineer's Promotional Exam process.

The following opportunity for the Fire Engineer's position is a Closed Promotional opportunity, available only to any regular full time City employee who has passed the original probationary period or at-will full time City employee who has completed twelve months of consecutive employment and meets the position requirements. Applications received from individuals who do not meet the above criteria will not be accepted.

Application period opened: January 20, 2019

Application period closes: 5:30pm, February 28, 2019

Testing dates: Tuesday, March 12, 2019 and Wednesday, March 13, 2019

  • Two dates have been established to accommodate the potential number of candidates going through this promotional examination process. Each candidate will only be assigned one testing date after the application period closes.

    Chief's Interview: Thursday, March 21, 2019

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      Under direct supervision, responds to fire alarms, emergency medical calls, and other emergency calls to protect life and property; drives, operates, and maintains fire apparatus; participates in fire training, fire prevention, public education, and station and equipment maintenance activities.
      The Ideal Candidate

      The ideal candidate is a self-starter, highly motivated, capable of embracing innovative management principles, and enjoys the challenge of blending traditional fire service values with modern business practices. Candidates should possess qualities of leadership, integrity and competency to safely deliver the highest level of customer service. The ability to develop cooperative relationships with other City departments and community organizations is crucial in fulfilling the responsibilities of the Fire Engineer. The candidate must be capable of carrying out Department responsibilities with minimal direction and supervision. Persons hired for these positions must be dedicated and self-disciplined, assuring that the Department's high operational standards are maintained.REPRESENTATIVE DUTIES

      The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.

      • Responds to alarms involving fire, all types of accidents, gas leaks, flooded structures, hazardous substances, and life saving and rescue work.
      • Performs first aid and life saving duties by supporting and assisting paramedics as directed on medical calls.
      • Places fire hoses, sets ladders, operates fire streams, ventilates and enters burning structures to extinguish fires and perform rescue services.
      • Operates pneumatic and auxiliary equipment such as generators and pumps.
      • Performs mathematical calculations for the purpose of assessing proper hydraulic flows.
      • Performs salvage and overhaul operations during and after fires to remove hazards and prevent water damage.
      • Cleans and maintains fire station and grounds; washes, polishes, and performs preventive maintenance on fire apparatus and equipment.
      • Performs fire prevention and pre-fire planning inspections in commercial, industrial and municipal facilities; inspects and maintains fire hydrants.
      • Participates in drills and other department training activities; participates in fire watches; participates in self-directed exercise program to maintain physical fitness.
      • Studies and keeps up to date on City geography, department rules, regulations, procedures and other training and job related materials; updates station bulletin boards and maps.
      • Presents programs and participates in departmental public relations programs as assigned; demonstrates proper procedures and techniques to other employees as assigned.
      • In the event of a major fire or emergency, may be called in from off duty to work an extended period of time.
      • Safely operates fire, aerial, and rescue apparatus; pumps and other mechanical equipment; pressure ventilation fans; radio/telephone/computer equipment; personal protective equipment, fire hydrants, rescue and fire suppression miscellaneous tools.
      • Performs other related work as required.


        The following generally describes the knowledge and ability required to enter the job and/or be learned within a short period of time in order to successfully perform the assigned duties.

        Knowledge of:Firefighting and EMS procedures and equipment; fire ground tactics and strategy; emergency incident management, specifically the Incident Command System (ICS); principles of incident safety; automatic and mutual aid agreements; hazardous materials incident procedures; and confined space and technical rescue techniques; hazardous materials, fire prevention procedures and related codes; rescue operations and procedures; California vehicular laws related to operation of various firefighting and rescue apparatus; mechanical operation and maintenance of pumping engines, truck and brush engines; safety principles and practices related to the Fire Service; policies, procedures, rules and regulations of the City of San Marcos and the San Marcos Fire Department; geography and street layout of the City and surrounding area; laws and regulations pertaining to fire and emergency medical services operations; personal protective equipment; pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations; algebraic and arithmetic computations; English usage, spelling, grammar and punctuation; principles and practices of customer service.Ability to:

        Perform competently under extreme pressure and in stressful situations; make accurate observations and rapid judgments; operate assigned fire apparatus and equipment efficiently in a manner consistent with safety principles; carry out specific and general instructions with minimum supervision; understand a variety of procedural instructions, both written and oral, and convert to proper actions; give oral instructions to others; prepare clear, concise, accurate written reports; deal tactfully and effectively with the general public in all types of situations; work cooperatively with others and contribute to a successful team effort; communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; prepare and present programs to department staff and the public; speak effectively before public gatherings; maintain physical endurance and agility; establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work; demonstrate an awareness and appreciation of the cultural diversity of the community.EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE


        • Must be a San Marcos Fire Department Certified Driver Operator, or equivalent.
        • Must have completed appropriate education and training in fire hydraulics, fire apparatus and equipment, or have successfully completed Driver Operator 1A and 1B.


          • A minimum of two years of firefighting experience with the San Marcos Fire Department, or three years of full-time experience with a fire department that provides structural fire protection. Experience with the San Marcos Fire Department is highly desirable.

            License or Certificate

            The following license or certification are required to be maintained through employment and are not subject to waiver. Please submit copies of the below certifications as an attachment to your application.

            • Valid California Driver License - Class C with Firefighter Endorsement
            • State of California / National Registry EMT or Paramedic License
            • San Diego County EMT or EMT-P Accreditation
            • Current CPR Certificate, BLS-C
            • California State Firefighter I and II Certificates
            • Hazardous Materials Firs Responder Operational Certificate

              Special Requirements

              All fire service employees hired after July 1, 1992, shall remain non-smokers throughout their employment as a member of the San Marcos Fire Department.

              Federal or State Felony Convictions: Must have no convictions.

              Work Schedule: Must be able to work a 56-hour workweek.

              DMV: Must maintain a satisfactory driving record.

              Residency Requirement: Must live within the Department residency boundary within one year of appointment. Safety employees must reside in the local counties of San Diego, Riverside, Orange and Los Angeles.

              Keywords: City of San Marcos, CA, San Diego , CLOSED PROMOTIONAL EXAM: FIRE ENGINEER, Engineering , San Marcos, California

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