Recruitment #2207-6420-001


The City of Tucson hereby announces the 2022 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 position is a supervisory firefighting position 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.

Supervises, organizes and directs fire fighting and rescue operations; develops strategies and tactics for the preservation of life and property.

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.

At least 5 years experience with Tucson Fire Department that includes two years as a paramedic, fire inspector, or fire engineer, or combination of two one-year periods in the same classification as of the closing date.


Tucson Fire Department commissioned employees of any rank with no less than seven (7) years of employment from the date of graduation from Tucson Fire Department's Recruit Academy AND continuous and uninterrupted employment with Tucson Fire Department for no less than two (2) consecutive one-year periods as of the closing date. Continuous service is computed from your most recent hire/rehire date.

Valid and unrestricted drivers license.

Special Job Requirements

Active uniformed member of Tucson Fire Department

Emergency Medical Technician Certification

Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation Certification

HazMat First Responder Certification

TFD Fire Captain Certification

AZCFSE Fire Officer I & II Certifications

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

Selection Plan

The evaluation components of this promotional process will be used to assess the candidate's knowledge, skills, and abilities as they pertain to the essential functions of the position, as well as their knowledge of the information and methods contained in the study material.

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

Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications for this position and submit a proper and complete online application will receive a formal email invitation to the candidate orientation no later than Friday, August 12, 2022.

Based upon the total months of service with the Tucson Fire Department. Seniority will be limited to sixty months maximum calculated through the closing date.

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 institution's transcript, up to a maximum of 60 points. Official/unofficial transcripts and or official degrees will be accepted as verification of education. Education will be limited to a maximum of 140 points. (Associate degree=70 points and Bachelor's degree or greater + 140 points)

All applicants are responsible for submitting online the educational documents no later than 11:59 PM on the closing date 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 11:59 PM on the closing date will receive zero points for their education.

Written Examination
August 23, 2022 

Assessment Center
Candidates meeting the minimum qualifications will be invited to the Performance Assessment. The assessment will take place the week of September 12, 2022 at the Public Safety Academy located at 10001 S. Wilmot Rd., 85756.

Candidates must achieve a passing score on ALL components of the assessment to be eligible for the Fire Captain promotional list.

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

Seniority: 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.

Education: 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.

Written Exam:
All raw scores will be standardized within the candidate pool completing this evaluation and will account for 10% of the final score for those placed on the promotional list. To pass the written exam, candidates must achieve a minimum of 70%.

Assessment Center: All raw scores will be standardized within the candidate pool completing this evaluation and will account for 80% of the final score for those placed on the promotional list.

ONLY those candidates who achieve a passing score on all components will pass the assessment center. To pass the assessment center, candidates must achieve a minimum of 70% of the raw points available for each of the components in the assessment center.

Method of Certification
ONLY the top scoring 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 17:00 on October 10, 2022.

*Please be advised, per Civil Service Rule V, Section 2G, and 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 and 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 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  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 or infractions resulting in the issuance of the discipline, the date of the infraction, the employees personnel history since the date of the infraction, and the overall impact on the department that could result due to the promotion of the individual.

All inquiries should be directed to Shelly Urias or Pamela Lyons 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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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.