County of Alameda

Fire Department Aide SAN (#8157N)

Bargaining Unit: Unrep - Fire Clerical (074)
$16.89-$20.53 Hourly / $0.00-$0.00 BiWeekly /
$0.00-$0.00 Monthly / $0.00-$0.00 Yearly

Under the direction of the Administrative Secretary, Battalion/Assistant Fire Chief or equivalent position, the Fire Department Aide may perform a variety of activities including messenger, weed abatement, public and community education, hydrant checking, administrative and clerical assignments and special projects as required. Duties will vary depending on the particular division assignment and individual areas of interest or specialization, if any.


Incumbents in this classification are employed on an hourly, services-as-needed basis and are always provisionally appointed to the position. This class reports to the Administrative Secretary or Battalion/Assistant Fire Chief, Emergency Preparedness Manager, Community Outreach Coordinator or designee.

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. Drives delivery van or truck for pick-up and delivery of fire department mail, materials, supplies, furniture and equipment to all fire locations, county agencies and departments and vendors on a regularly scheduled basis.
2. Routinely inspects, services, lubricates, marks location of, makes minor repairs and paints fire hydrants in accordance with prescribed standards.
3. Gathers data, records and completes reports as required.
4. Performs necessary administrative duties such as, but not limited to, established records and forms, daily/weekly routing schedules, data entry
5. Maintains assigned vehicle and tool through prescribed care, use and maintenance techniques 6. Loads and unloads delivery vehicles; sorts, receives and prepares fire department materials, supplies and equipment for transport.
7. Delivers and fills, if necessary, oxygen tanks and air bottles to all stations.
8. Assists with office work such as answering telephones, typing, filing and copying, as needed. 9. Assists with special projects or assignments as needed.
10. Assists at community events or other public functions as needed.
11. Inspects property for weed and combustible materials that may constitute a fire hazard; writes correspondence setting forth violations and conditions for abatement.
12. Maintains service schedules and records for fire hydrants and conduct periodic testing.
13. Provide training to the public in emergency preparedness, CERT, basic fire safety and CPR under the direction of ACFD staff.
14. Performs other work as required


Age: Must be 18 years of age at the time of appointment.


Possession of a valid California Motor Vehicle Operator’s license and a satisfactory DMV record.

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.

Ability to:

• Use common hand and power tools.
• Exercise mechanical aptitude.
• Follow oral and written instructions.
• Communicate clearly in writing and verbally
• Work effectively with co-workers, supervisors and the public.
• Drive safely and skillfully.
• Sort and categorize mail and other correspondence.
• Plan and prioritizing work to meet scheduled routes.
• Lift up to 50 pounds; e.g., mail bins, smoke blowers, oxygen and water bottles.
• Perform administrative and clerical duties accurately.
• Maintain hydrant equipment.
• Maintain accurate records.
• Speak to small public groups.
• Inspect service, lubricate, make minor repairs and paint fire hydrants in accordance with prescribed standards.
• Organize and prioritize workload effectively
• Maintain assigned vehicle and tools through prescribed care, use and maintenance techniques
• Read and prepare work orders, forms, maintenance reports and records using prescribed formats.
• Apply rationale to solve practical problems and deal with situations where only limited standardization exists
• Interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagrammatic, or schedule form.
• Coordinate hands and eyes rapidly and accurately in using mechanical equipment and machinery; to operate motor vehicles, to handle a variety of items, tools and machinery, control knobs, switches, etc.
• Differentiate public and private hydrants
• Differentiate between colors and shades of color.
• Perform all work duties in all weather conditions.

Retyped: 12/96
Old doc: 1343h.doc
New doc:8157.doc
RC:pf 11/23/04 Revised/Retitle
[Old title: Fire Department Messenger]
CSC Date: 3/16/05
MH:po Revised 8/14/07
CSC Date: 8/29/2007
MH:cs Revised 8/24/11
CSC Date: 09/07/11

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

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