Fire Captain

Recruitment #21-CI8030-01

Nature of Work

This is skilled, supervisory work directing fire company operations in the Suppression Division, supervising medic personnel in the Fire Medic Division, or supervising Arson, Inspection or Training Division activities. Captains may exercise direct command over a number of Firefighters, Sergeants, Fire Medics, and division Lieutenants in an assigned company and are responsible for enforcing department rules, regulations, policies, procedures and common practices to include ensuring the proper maintenance and safe operation of apparatus and equipment, conduct training activities and medical operations. The Fire Captain is also responsible for instructing subordinates in accepted and safe firefighting, medical, arson investigation, training, and/or inspection methods and procedures. A Captain receives general supervision from a District Chief or Assistant Chief.

Minimum Qualifications

(All positions):  Must have one (1) year of experience and be currently employed at the PS3 Level in the Montgomery Fire/Rescue to be eligible to take the promotional test and be eligible for promotion.  Must have obtained Instructor I state certification, Safety Officer certification; current EMT III Paramedic State License; and must have completed NFA ICS 100, ICS 200, ICS 300, ICS 400 and ICS 700 classes and by the first day of the Assessment Center.

Special Requirements

NATIONAL FIRE ACADEMY CERTIFICATIONS:  Must complete R308 Natural and Man-made Disasters within 24 months after promotion for all Captain positions.   
INVESTIGATIONS BUREAU: Must have worked one (1) year in the Investigations Division to be eligible.  Must have all certification required of an Investigator Lieutenant.  Must complete R225 Management of Fire Prevention Programs within 24 months and R204 Fire Investigation Fire Dynamics and Modeling within 36 months after promotion or transfer.
INSPECTIONS BUREAU: Must have worked one (1) year in the Inspections Division to be eligible.  Must complete R225 Management of Fire Prevention Programs within 24 months after promotion or transfer.  Must have all certification required of an Inspector Lieutenant.

Kind of Examination

How to apply

Complete an online application by visiting Montgomery City-County Personnel's Online Employment Center. Paper applications are no longer accepted. Completed applications will be accepted online until 5:00 p.m. on the closing date. If there is no closing date, the announcement may be closed at any time without prior notice.

Purpose of examination

The purpose of the exam is to establish an employment register to fill any vacancies for the classification that may occur over the life of the register. If there are less than five qualified applicants, an examination will not be administered. All candidates will be placed on the employment list.

Examination dates

All exercises of the selection procedure for the classification are scheduled for December 2 and 3, 2021. Qualified candidates who apply to compete in the selection process will be notified in writing of specific dates, times, and locations at which to appear for the selection process.

Examination orientation

An orientation session will be held to familiarize candidates with the examination.  All qualifying candidates will have the opportunity to attend a session.  The sessions will be held November 8  OR  9, 2021, 9:00 am each day, at Montgomery City/County Personnel Department, 27 Madison Avenue, Board Room.

The orientation session is not mandatory.  A candidate orientation guide will be distributed at the meeting.  If you do not attend the orientation, you may obtain a guide after the date of the orientation at the front desk of the Montgomery City-County Personnel Department.

Examination description

The competitive examination process will consist of four types of exercises. These exercises include a Role Play Exercise, Tactical Exercise, Training Exercise, and In-Basket Exercise. Verbal exercises will be recorded. All exercises will be scored by panels of Fire Department experts at a later date.

Performance dimensions

The exam has been designed to measure the knowledge, skills, and abilities which are important for a Captain to possess on the first day of the job. Those knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) which were judged by subject matter experts to be important and which are amenable to testing have been grouped together into areas of similarity to form performance dimensions. It is these six dimensions upon which the assessment has been based.

The following information provides a description of these dimensions. More detailed information about the exercises, weights, and KSAs underlying each performance dimension will be provided at the Candidate Orientation and in the Candidate Information Guide which will be distributed at the orientation. If you do not wish to attend the orientation, you may pick up a copy of the Candidate Information Guide from the City-County Personnel Department after the date of the orientation.


The extent to which one demonstrates an understanding of technical knowledge and skill required to perform or evaluate the job to include department operations, rules, regulations, procedures and common practices such as incident command procedures, tactics for fire suppression operations and proper training methods.


The process of personnel supervision, leading, coaching and counseling, evaluation, assisting, delegating, and guiding subordinates.


The extent to which one possesses the skill of identifying problems, securing relevant information, and identifying possible causes and solutions to problems and making quick and effective decisions.


This dimension includes the ability to interact with subordinates, supervisors in an effective manner to include listening and accepting feedback from subordinates or supervisors, using tact, and demonstrating consideration of the feelings and needs of others. 


The extent to which one can give an oral presentation and communicate on a one-on-one basis by listening and responding, speaking effectively, communicating at the audience level, and using non-verbal communication to enhance oral communications.


The extent to which one expresses ideas, policies, etc. in writing through thoroughness, conciseness, and accuracy of information.  Also, proper grammar, spelling and punctuation will be evaluated in terms of whether or not they meet the department standards.

Disqualification from competition

The Personnel Department and/or expert shall disqualify an applicant or candidate from competition upon determination that:

1. The application was not received by the filing deadline.
2. The applicant fails to meet the minimum qualifications specified in the announcement.
3. The candidate fails to appear at the announced time and place for testing.
4. The candidate is found to be cheating. Cheating involves any attempt by an individual or group to enhance test scores by means other than actual knowledge or ability, including but not limited to, efforts to give or receive information about the test content or correct responses before, after or during a test.

Examples of cheating during a test would be:

a) attempting to gain access to the test under false pretenses
b) failing to follow instructions given by the test administrators or proctors
c) talking to another candidate during the test
d) removing or attempting to remove test materials from the test site
e) leaving the testing room, holding room, or other location without permission from the test administrator
f) attempting to use notes, hand held computers or calculators when instructed not to
g) looking at anothers test paper or answer sheet
h) working on a test section after time has been called
i) giving or receiving test information to or from another person

The Personnel Department may not exercise discretion in waiving these requirements for qualification except as may be required by law in connection with military personnel called to active duty.

The Personnel Department will provide written notification of the disqualification and the reason for disqualification to the applicant or candidate within five (5) days from the determination of the disqualifying circumstance.

Additional Information

Montgomery Fire/Rescue employees who have completed their probationary period and meet the minimum qualifications are eligible to apply.

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