County of Alameda

Fire Training Officer (#8149)

Bargaining Unit: IAFF 55B (R34)
$81.93-$99.83 Hourly / $6,554.31-$7,986.46 BiWeekly /
$14,201.00-$17,304.00 Monthly / $170,412.00-$207,648.00 Yearly

Under the direction of the Assistant Fire Chief, the incumbent of this 40 hour-a-week position serves as the Training Officer of the Department. Duties will include planning, implementing and monitoring the overall Department training program.


Under the direction of the Assistant Fire Chief, the incumbent is responsible for advanced and specialized technical training to various departments and district personnel. A Fire Training Officer is responsible for assessing training needs of the Fire Department staff through effective evaluation and consultation of requests for training; formulates training plans and implements comprehensive in-service training programs and provides new employee orientation for department personnel.

NOTE: The following are the duties performed by employees in this classification. However, employees may perform other related duties at an equivalent level. Each individual in the classification does not necessarily perform all duties listed.

1. Assesses training needs of the Fire Department staff through investigation, consultation and evaluation of requests for training programs; makes recommendations for and assists in implementing training policies.

2. Under the direction of the Assistant Fire Chief, assists in planning, developing, recommending and coordinating a comprehensive in-service training program for District personnel and assists in the preparation of the training budget.

3. Develops, schedules, coordinates and participates in training programs designed to increase employee skills and provide orientation to new employees.

4. Advises and assists personnel serving as assistant trainers in formulating training plans and curriculum development and the application of effective teaching methods.

5. Observes and evaluates the effectiveness of assistant trainers and analyzes training results; recommends revisions, where appropriate, to increase the effectiveness of the training program.

6. Develops and prepares or secures training manuals, charts, and other visual aids; uses such tools in training.

7. Informs employees of available educational opportunities offered by schools and colleges in areas related to their development on the job.

8. May conduct classes, lead conferences, fill outside speaking engagements and serve on committees.

9. Maintains records of training programs, activities and employees’ participation and attendance.

Must be a full-time paid Fire Captain in the Alameda County Fire Department.


It is desirable that the incumbent be a state certified Fire Instructor, a certified California Fire Officer, and possess a Certificate of Achievement or associate in arts degree in Fire Science or Fire Service Technology.

NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.

NOTE: The level and scope of the following knowledge and abilities are related to duties listed under the “Examples of Duties” section of this specification.

Knowledge of:

• Principles and techniques to instruction.
• Methods of training management and evaluation.
• Oral and written communication theory.
• Principles of management and supervision.
• Computer applications and operations.


• Plan, carry out and evaluate comprehensive training programs.
• Written communication.
• Oral communication.
• Prepare clear and concise reports, lesson plans and other instructional materials.
• Maintain cooperative working relationships with others.
• Assess training needs.
• Work independently and stimulate creative thinking.
• Leadership.
• Decision making.
• Planning and organization.
• Management control.
• Budget analysis.
• Interpersonal sensitivity.
• Flexibility
• Adaptation to stress.

BG:pb 6/10/92
Old doc: 1089h
New doc: /8149.doc
KU:pf Rev. 11/21/09CSC Date: 11/14/01

*** For benefit information, please refer to the recruitment brochure.

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