City of Tampa

Fire Captain (#007294) F07

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$46.66-$59.30 Hourly / $8,087.04-$10,279.36 Monthly / $97,044.48-$123,352.32 Yearly


This is responsible work involving fire company management or staff assignment.

Nature Of Work

An employee in this class serves as the commanding officer of a fire company on an assigned shift or may be assigned to a staff support position on a rotational basis. Under general supervision, employees are responsible for keeping all required station logs and records, and for scheduling duties for subordinates when serving as station captain. Tasks are of more than average difficulty and include training of assigned personnel and observation of work at emergencies for evaluation purposes. Employees are directly responsible for the morale, training, safety, production, quality of performance, cost control, and methods utilized by subordinates. The employees are also responsible for station security, equipment and supplies. Considerable initiative and independent judgment are required in exercising command of emergency operations. Employees are required to have above average problem solving and analytical skills. Tasks are performed under adverse conditions to include inclement weather and civil disorder, and require considerable physical exertion. Work is reviewed through observation, reports submitted and results obtained.

Examples of Duties

Plans, assigns and supervises the work of subordinates; is responsible for discipline within the company; serves as a liaison between subordinates and upper levels of management; counsels subordinates as required; is responsible for understanding and interpreting the Rules and Regulations and Standard Operating Guidelines (SOG), accurate dissemination of information, and any other communications of a departmental nature.

Trains subordinates in firefighting, rescue, and pump and ladder operations; assesses need for special training and arranges for provision; completes subordinates performance evaluations; delegates assignments to subordinates.

Is responsible for physical safety of personnel and equipment assigned to the company; observes personnel for fatigue and proper use of protective clothing and equipment; supervises maintenance and testing of equipment to ensure that proper methods are used.

Performs fireground command functions unless relieved by higher authority; is responsible for attainment of goals and objectives at the company level; maintains records and prepares reports; coordinates with Division/District Chief on the manning level within the company; authorizes time off, e.g. exchange of time, R day changes or additional annual leave, that impacts the level of service delivery capabilities of the company.

Plans and organizes functions required under the work management program; completes budget request forms; prepares and submits various repair and equipment replacement forms.

Performs related work as required.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Extensive knowledge of: firefighting techniques and equipment and its use; fireground command procedures.

Considerable knowledge of: the characteristics of fire; search and rescue techniques and equipment; management responsibilities.

Working knowledge of: standard reports and forms, their completion and purposes.

Ability to: maintain a positive attitude and create a motivational atmosphere for subordinates; demonstrate acceptable physical fitness as determined by established departmental standards; manage time efficiently and effectively; effectively communicate both orally and writing; work cooperatively and interact effectively with all types of people in a variety of situations; analyze problems and develop viable solutions; enforce the safety steps necessary to protect self and subordinates at fires and other emergencies; initiate action and actively influence events; evaluate subordinates performance, recommend improvements and conduct training.

Skill in: the use and care of firefighting and rescue tools and equipment.

Minimum Qualifications

Eight (8) years of total service with Tampa Fire Rescue including three (3) years of experience as a Driver Engineer or Lieutenant with Tampa Fire Rescue.

Successful completion of 30 college credits (18 of which must be in the area of fire science/administration, emergency medical services/business or public administration, or industrial education with a major in fire science/administration).

Successful completion of an approved departmentally administered Pump and Aerial Operators Course.

A copy of the diploma should be submitted if a degree was conferred.  If a copy of the diploma is not available, an official transcript clearly showing a diploma conferred date can be used as proof of graduation.  In cases where graduation did not occur, an official transcript copy should be submitted to show the total number of credits attained from each institution attended where credits were earned.  This includes recognized fire science college credit equivalent courses which may yield educational points if accompanied by regional/national accredited college or university course catalog (HCC, Polk State, St. Pete College, etc.;) citing equivalent course name and course description.

Licenses or Certifications

Possession of:

A valid Florida driver's license Class E. 

Current State of Florida, Department of Health, Bureau of EMS certification as an EMT B or Paramedic.


During periods when the Mayor issues an emergency declaration for the City of Tampa, all employees may be required to work in preparation, response or recovery activities related to the stated emergency.

CLASS: 007294; EST: 8/13/2013;