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February 23, 2020
Sebastopol, California
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Position Description

The City ofSebastopolis searching for qualified and team-oriented candidates to apply for the exciting new position of Fire Engineer. Regional Government Services and its staff is conducting this recruitment for the City ofSebastopol.

About the City
The City ofSebastopolis a small semi-urban community located in Sonoma County, California. The City, incorporated in 1902, currently has a population of about 7,800 and serves the West County trade area population of about 50,000. The City ofSebastopolhas a Council-Manager form of government, with five Council members elected at-large. The City has its own Police, Fire, and Public Works departments, as well as other City departments. With a very low crime rate,Sebastopolremains among the safest cities in northern California. To learn more about the City ofSebastopolgo

The Position
This recruitment is being conducted to fill one (1) current vacancy within the Sebastopol Fire Department. The Fire Engineer will serve the public by performingfire suppression, prevention, rescue, inspection, and public education activities in protecting life, property, and the environment. This position works a 4/10 schedule, Monday through Thursday, 7:00 AM to 5:30 PM.

Ideal Candidate Profile
The ideal candidate will possess (3) years' experience with a fire department performing firefighter duties and operating fire apparatus and equipment responding to calls for all risks, including structure fires,wild landfires, medical aid, and urban search and rescue. Additionally, the Ideal Candidate will possess:

  • Excellent communication skills
  • Innovative leader
  • Proactive problem-solver
  • Current EMT-1 and CPR certification
  • Valid CA Class C w/Firefighter Endorsement OR Class B or A motor vehicle operator's license
  • Completion of the California State Fire Marshal approved Driver/Operator 1A and 1B courses.
  • Completion of Fire Science and Fire Prevention courses
  • Positive role model
  • Excellent verbal, writing, and listening skills
  • Strong customer service orientation
Examples of Duties

The following are examples of essential duties and responsibilities and are not intended to represent the full range of functions assigned to this position.

Typical duties may include:

  • Respond to all emergency calls for service
  • Perform firefighting, rescue, hazardous materials management, inspection, and emergency medical tasks as necessary
  • Drive and operate all fire apparatus and equipment
  • Operate a variety of tools and equipment related to fire suppression, rescue, hazardous materials management, and medical emergencies
  • Inspect and perform routine maintenance on rescue equipment, fire apparatus, hydrants, hoses, and other support equipment
  • Receive, process and respond to reports and inquiries from the public
  • Perform daily, weekly, and monthly equipment checks and maintain related records
  • Participate in continuous training in fire suppression, prevention, and inspection through on-the-job training
  • Assist in the inspection of commercial, residential, and other occupancies for fire hazards and compliance with building and fire prevention codes and ordinances
  • Conduct public education presentations at local schools
  • Clean and maintain station quarters and apparatus bays
  • Update and maintain department maps and equipment records
  • Attend, participate, and teach in scheduled training sessions
  • Assist the Fire Chief in fire investigations and report writing
  • Perform weed abatement inspections and notifications
  • Assist in the annual inspection of fireworks booths for fire and life safety codes
  • Assist during blood drives, station tours and events
  • Operate communication equipment
  • Assist in the implementation of department programs and policies to accomplish established goals and objectives
  • Perform other duties as assigned
Typical Qualifications

Knowledge of:

  • Proper operating and mechanical principles of fire apparatus and equipment.
  • Operation of firefighting equipment.
  • Physical layout of the City, including street location, water distribution system and major traffic and fire hazards.
  • Rules, regulations and operational procedures of the Fire Department.
  • Firefighting methods and techniques.
  • Basic life support medical procedures.
  • Hazardous material first responder operational level methods and techniques.

Ability to:

  • Drive and operate effectively and safely the full range of fire apparatus and equipment used by the Fire Department.
  • Remain calm, think clearly, make sound decisions and act quickly in emergency situations.
  • Work effectively as a member of a team.
  • Understand and follow oral and written directions promptly and accurately.
  • Communicate orally effectively to individuals or in a group setting.
  • Demonstrate a high degree of mechanical aptitude.
  • Learn through structured lectures in a classroom setting and through oral instruction in an on-the-job setting.
  • Comprehend and make inferences from written material.
  • Operate and enter data into a computer terminal, personal computer or keyboard device.
  • Produce written documents using proper grammar and punctuation.
  • Deal courteously and effectively with the public.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative relationships with all those contacted in the course of work.
  • Instruct in a classroom setting.

Any combination equivalent to experience and education that could likely provide the required abilities would be qualifying. A typical way to obtain the abilities would be: Experience ? Three (3) years' experience with a fire department performing firefighter duties and operating fire apparatus and equipment responding to calls for all risks, including structure fires, wildland fires, medical aid, and urban search and rescue. Education - Equivalent to completion of the twelfth grade and completion of the California State Fire Marshal approved Driver/Operator 1A and 1B courses.

This classification requires the use of a City vehicle while conducting City business. In order to drive, individuals must be physically capable of operating the vehicles safely and must possess and maintain throughout employment, a valid California Class C with a Firefighter Endorsement or higher-level (Class B or Class A) motor vehicle operator's license.

Current Emergency Medical Technician ? 1 (EMT-1) certification and current Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification are required and must be maintained throughout employment.

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.

Must be willing and able to work such hours as are necessary to accomplish the job requirements, including weekends and holidays and may be required to work overtime with little or no notice. Due to the varied and unpredictable nature of the work, incumbents may also be required to work under the following conditions:

A Fire Engineer is required to wear protective gear, carry appropriate tools, and wear a self-contained breathing apparatus, weighing a combined total of 100 pounds, while performing many of the emergency-related duties. Incumbents are exposed to a variety of weather conditions and are required to tolerate very hot and very cold temperatures. While performing emergency aid, a Fire Engineer may lift and carry victims and move equipment requiring the use of stomach and back muscles. Incumbents are required to have the ability to hear a variety of warning devices and alarms, gas leaks, or calls for help. Some rescue duties require the operation of mechanical rescue equipment and the monitoring of proper safety techniques in the use of such equipment. The tools used by a Fire Engineer require precise arm-hand positioning and movements. The operation of firefighting equipment often requires the coordinated movement of more than one limb simultaneously. Emergency situations may require incumbents to work in small, cramped crawl spaces, areas where vision is limited, and/or at heights including roof tops or on ladders. A Fire Engineer must be able to distinguish among colors including the color of smoke and flame in order to determine type or source of the fire, or to identify other potentially dangerous situations.

Incumbents may be assigned to the Hazardous Materials Response Team and will be required to wear a totally encapsulated suit for up to one hour; collect samples and secure leaks of unknown substances; work with heavy tools; perform chemical tests to identify unknown substances.

While performing the duties of this job the incumbent occasionally works outdoors. This may include occasional exposure to wet, humid, hot, and inclement weather conditions. The incumbent may work near moving mechanical parts, under hazardous, life-threatening conditions, such as, but not limited to, heights, confined spaces, temperature extremes, crowds, loud noises, limited visibility, in the presence of hazardous materials, in the presence of victims of death and/or dismemberment. The incumbent must work effectively as a team member and/or leader of a fire company, communicate professionally with peers and superiors, one-on-one and in groups. Supplemental Information

A comprehensive benefit package includes:

  • Health Insurance: PPO and HMO: 100% City paid premiums for employee and dependents
  • Dental and Vision Plans: City funded plans for employee and dependents
  • Retirement: California Public Employee Retirement System
  • Vacation: 120 hours annually and increase with longevity
  • Sick Leave: 120 hours annually and increase with longevity
  • Holidays: 14 paid holidays
  • Life Insurance: Basic Employer paid
  • Deferred Compensation: ICMA-RC
  • Short/Long Term Disability: Basic Employer paid Lincoln Life Financial
  • Employee Assistance Program: Basic Employer paid

To apply for this position, please go to

Applications must be submitted on-line through this applicant tracking system. Materials must be complete and clearly indicate the candidate meets the minimum qualifications. All statements made on the application, resume, and supplemental materials are subject to verification. False statements may be cause for immediate disqualification, removal from eligibility list or discharge from employment.

Application Screening -(Pass/Fail) After the closingdeadline, applications will be screened in relation to the criteria indicated in this announcement. Incomplete, late, emailed, and faxed applications are not accepted. Resumes are accepted; however a resume will not be considered in lieu of the required employment application. All completed applications and supplemental questionnaires will be reviewed for each applicant's ability to meet the minimum work experience, training and education qualifications. A combination of application and supplemental questionnaire, phone screen interviews, and/or a written exam may be used to rank applications.

Oral Interview Exam ?(100%) Candidates who pass the Application Screening will be invited to an Oral Interview Examination. Applicants may be selected for consideration to participate in an oral appraisal interview, tentatively scheduled for the week of March 9. 2020, to evaluate training, experience and other job-related qualifications for the position. Successful candidates will be placed on an eligibility list.

DEADLINE TO APPLY: February 24, 2020 at 11:00 P.M. PST

All required application materials must be submitted and received by the above date and time to be considered. Neither Regional Government Services nor the City of Sebastopol are responsible for failure of internet forms or email transmission in submitting your application. Additional inquiries about the position may be directed via email to [email protected]

Applicants with a disability who may require special assistance in any step of the selection process should advise RGS/by emailing upon submittal of application.

The City of Sebastopol is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Do you possess Three (3) years' experience with a fire department performing firefighter duties and operating fire apparatus and equipment responding to calls for all risks, including structure fires, wildland fires, medical aid, and urban search and rescue?

  • Yes
  • No
Have you completed the California State Fire Marshal approved Driver/Operator 1A and 1B courses?

  • Yes
  • No
Do you possess a valid California Class C with a Firefighter Endorsement or higher-level (Class B or Class A) motor vehicle operator's license which authorizes you to drive the full range of firefighting vehicles and apparatus?

  • Yes
  • No
Do you possess a current Emergency Medical Technician - 1 (EMT-1) certification?

  • Yes
  • No
Do you possess current Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification?

  • Yes
  • No
Please list any Fire Science and/or Fire Prevention courses you have completed. If none, please enter "N/A".

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