Recruitment #2011-6420-001


The City of Tucson hereby announces the 2020 Fire Captain Promotional Examination. This examination will establish a two-year Civil Service Promotional List. Candidates placed on the Promotional List must have at least one year of service remaining as of the date they are eligible for promotion in order to be selected from the List.


General Description

This is supervisory firefighting work commanding a fire company in addition to supervising paramedics, inspectors, and the activities of hazardous materials and technical rescue teams. Captains may also be assigned to administrative positions including but not limited to: Fire Prevention, Training, Health and Safety, Emergency Management, Logistics, Communications, Public Education and Medical Administration. 

Essential Functions

Supervises and coordinates the equivalent of two or more fulltime employees and all assigned work in a unit ensuring timely and quality activities to respond to the needs of the City, community, department, and unit.

Assists with the implementation, evaluation and interpretation of department policies, projects and procedures.

Manages, coordinates, and determines priorities of work load, monitoring levels of resources, establishing time lines, assigning work, monitoring progress, recommending changes and suggestions, writing, reviewing and editing reports prepared by staff, and approving completed projects and reports.

Implements controls for appropriate unit staffing and effectiveness by participating in the recruitment and hiring of employees, making recommendations on employee discipline, and other human resources issues, evaluating and managing employee performance, discussing and identifying personnel issues and facilitating resolutions, promoting positive morale in the unit, ensuring staff is trained appropriately for maximum performance, and providing leadership and guidance.

Contributes to the needs of the community and City by implementing and causing others to implement the organization's values and strategies by leading through example, competency, and accountabilities.

Provides customer service by responding to information requests, conducting research, providing solutions to problems, and correcting errors.

Ensures that unit work conforms to local, state, and federal governmental regulations, and other applicable rules and requirements

Supervises personnel by overseeing operational and emergency activities and directing victim support activities.

Commands and oversees emergency and nonemergency services by directing crews, communicating with field personnel, conducting search and rescues operations, operating equipment, utilizing emergency medical skills, assessing and transporting patients, using extrication equipment, removing hazardous materials, and ensuring that proper safety and incident command procedures are followed.

Reviews log books and surveys; prepares quarterly projections. Completes incident reports and related documentation in accordance with department policy.

Oversees special programs by organizing committees, coordinating duties with committee members and personnel, and coordinating special events.

Performs related duties by maintaining a constant appraisal of safety issues, conducting fire prevention and fire hazards inspections, serving as a liaison regarding complaints, maintaining equipment, vehicles, and the station house, interacting with the public through school programs, conducting station tours and safety demonstrations, maintaining physical fitness standards, and complying with all procedures as outlined in department manuals and by management.

May perform special assignments by managing Emergency Medical Services systems, coordinating training programs, responding to and mitigating hazardous materials incidents, and acting as a liaison with the media, government agencies, businesses, and the public.

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Education Level & Type: High School or G.E.D. 

Minimum Experience Qualifications: At least 5 years experience with Tucson Fire Department that includes two years as a Paramedic, Fire Inspector, or Fire Engineer, or a combination of two one-year periods in the same classification as of the closing date

Valid and Unrestricted Class D - Driver's License

Special Job Requirements

- Active uniformed member of Tucson Fire Department

Emergency Medical Technician Certification

Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation Certification

HazMat First Responder Certification

Satisfactorily completed the Tucson Fire Department Fire Captain Certification

Arizona Fire Fighter I & II Certifications

Instructor I Certification

Served the last two years of continuous service in the classification of and currently hold the rank of Fire Engineer, Paramedic or Fire Prevention Inspector with the Tucson Fire Department.

Currently serving in the position of Paramedic, Fire Inspector, or Fire Engineer classification

Completed five (5) years of continuous service with the Tucson Fire Department as of November 30, 2020. Continuous service is computed from your most recent hire/rehire date.

Selection Plan

The examination process will be used to assess the following dimensions: Planning/Organization, Written Communication, Oral Communication, Interpersonal Skills, Problem Solving, Job Knowledge, and Decision Making.

All examination materials for this process will be based on the 2018/2019 TFD Fire Captain Certification program to include the classes, PowerPoint presentations, textbook, hand-outs, City of Tucson Administrative Directives, Emergency Operations Manual, Manual of Operations/TFD Administrative Manual, and current TFFA labor agreement.

Candidates are responsible for blocking their calendars and making appropriate arrangements to ensure their availability during the below testing dates.

Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications for this position and submit a proper and complete online application will receive a formal email invitation on December 4 by 1700 to attend the Written Examination and In-Basket Exercise.  


 Written Examination and In-Basket Exercise

Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications for this position, and submit a proper and complete online application will be invited to participate in the Written Examination and In-Basket Exercise.

  • Written Examination and In-Basket Exercise: February 1, 2021 at the Public Safety Academy  

* * * Challenge period for written exam is February 2 - 5, 8, 2021 at Fire-Human Resources * * * 


Performance Assessment

Candidates participating in the Written examination and In-Basket exercise will be invited to the Performance Assessment.

The practical assessment will take place the week of March 1, 2021 at the Public Safety Academy (10001 S. Wilmot Rd., 85756). The exercises will measure knowledge, skills and abilities demonstrated in situations involving performance as a Fire Captain. Exercises used in the practical assessment may include the following in-person or virtual method:

  • Role Play Scenario
  • Oral Board Interview
  • Emergency Incident Exercise(s)

Candidates must achieve a passing score on ALL components of the Practical Assessment in order to be eligible for the Fire Captain Promotional List.



Based upon the total months of service with the Tucson Fire Department in the ranks of Engineer, Paramedic and Inspector. Seniority will be limited to sixty months maximum calculated through November 30, 2020.



Candidates without a formal degree will receive one point for every credit successfully completed at an accredited University, College, or Junior College, as shown on the institutions transcript, up to a maximum of 60 points. Official/unofficial transcripts or copies of transcripts and/or official degrees will be accepted as verification of education. Education will be limited to a maximum of 140 points.

  • Associate's degree = 70 points
  • Bachelor's degree or greater = 140 points

All applicants are responsible for submitting online the educational documents no later than 11:59PM on November 30, 2020. in order to receive credit and the points associated with their education. Applicants having trouble uploading their documents, please contact Fire-HR immediately prior to the closing date.

Applicants who fail to submit such documents by 11:59PM on the closing date of November 30, 2020. will receive zero points for their education.  No exceptions will be made. 



Evaluation components of this promotional exam will be scored in the following manner:

Written Exam:

All raw scores will be standardized within the candidate pool completing this evaluation and will account for 15% of the final score for those placed on the promotional list. To pass the written exam, candidates must achieve a minimum of 70% of the RAW points available of the written examination.

In-Basket Exercise:

All raw scores will be standardized within the candidate pool completing this evaluation and will account for 25% of the final score for those placed on the promotional list. To pass the In-Basket exercise, candidates must achieve a minimum of 70% of the RAW points available of the In-Basket exercise. 

Performance Assessment:

All raw scores will be standardized within the candidate pool completing this evaluation and will account for the weight listed below for the final score for those placed on the promotional list. ONLY those candidates who achieve a passing score on all components of the Emergency Operations Simulation(s) will pass the Performance Assessment. To pass the Assessment Center, candidates must achieve a minimum of 70% of the RAW points available in each of the components of the Assessment Center, however, up to but no more than 6 candidates will be placed on the Promotional List.

Within the performance assessment; each component will have the following weights. 

  • Role Play Scenario - 15% of final score 
  • Oral Board Interview - 10% of final score
  • Emergency Simulations - 25% of final score (Static portion weighted at 25% and Interactive portion weighted at 75%) 


All raw scores will be standardized within the candidate pool completing this evaluation and will account for 5% of the final score for those placed on the promotional list.


All raw scores will be standardized within the candidate pool completing this evaluation and will account for 5% of the final score for those placed on the promotional list.



Only the top scoring candidates (up to but no more than 6 candidates) that successfully performed all evaluation components will be placed on the Promotional List. Candidates will be ranked on the Civil Service Promotional List based on scores achieved throughout this promotional examination.  Final scores shall be based upon the completion and passing of all components of the process and be computed in accordance with the weights and procedures outlined in this job posting, and statistical techniques and procedures established by the HR Director.  In the event a tie exists, "seniority in rank" is used first and then "seniority on the department," if needed, and will be the tie breaking mechanism. 

The final Promotional List will be compiled by Fire-HR no later than 1700 on March 15, 2021.

* Please be advised, per Civil Service Rule V, Section 2G, the departmental final selection shall include a selection interview and may include additional examinations. The departmental final selection interview shall either offer all candidates on the certified list the opportunity for interview, or interview candidates in the order in which they appear on the certified list until a suitable candidate is identified through the final interview process. The [HR] Director or designee must review and authorize interview questions and any additional examinations based on job relatedness and scoring validity. An interview shall not be required if the department selects candidates based upon the ranked order his/her name appears on the list, beginning with the candidate receiving the highest score.*



Scores will not be released until the promotional list is established.  Only those candidates that are placed on the list will be provided their scores.  

The City reserves the right to change the examination dates if required for operational necessity; any changes will be communicated as soon as practical.

If you are in need of Americans with Disabilities Act-related accommodation during the testing process, please call (520) 837-7008 at least 48 hours prior to the examination.

In accordance with USERRA, eligible applicants who will be on active duty during any of the examination dates are encouraged to contact Fire Human Resources at one of the numbers listed below at the time of application or as soon as possible thereafter.

Communications throughout this process will be sent via email exclusively so please ensure your browser accepts emails from  and check your email account regularly. Failure to respond or follow instructions will result in disqualification.

Candidates are advised that upon placement on a hiring promotional list, any employee having been the subject of formal discipline, as defined by Administrative Directive 2.02-16, may not be promoted until one year has passed based from the date of discovery of the incident resulting in discipline.  The Fire Chief is the final authority on all promotions and reserves the right to evaluate the circumstances surrounding the formal discipline to include the nature of the infraction(s) resulting in the issuance of the discipline, the date of the infraction, the employee's personnel history since the date of the infraction, and the overall impact on the department that would be the result of the promotion of the individual.

 All inquiries should be directed to JoAnn Acosta or Cynthia Serrano at

Pre-employment Medical Testing Requirements

NFPA Physical

Hep A Vaccine (follow City of Tucson protocol)

Hep B Vaccine (follow City of Tucson protocol)


TB Skin Test

Non-NIDA Drug Test

Physical Abilities Test

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To ensure accurate payroll information for tax purposes, the successful candidate will need to provide their original Social Security Card or original letter from the Social Security Administration with their social security number prior to beginning work with the City of Tucson.

The City of Tucson hires lawful workers only - US citizens or nationals and non-citizens with valid work authorization - without discrimination. Federal immigration laws require all employers to verify both the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States. In its efforts to meet the law's requirements, the City of Tucson participates in the E-Verify program established by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) to aid employers in verifying the eligibility of workers.

Retired City of Tucson employees receiving benefits from the Tucson Supplemental Retirement System who are considering reemployment with the City should be aware that pursuant to Section 22-37(g) of the Tucson City Code, retirement benefits shall be suspended during the period of reemployment with the City of Tucson unless you have been separated at least twelve consecutive months before returning to work AND you return to a non-permanent employment classification. Creditable service does not accrue during any reemployment period.