Fire Captain

Recruitment #18-F03-001


Are you a natural leader dedicated to playing a key role in the Fire Department's vision for the future? If you are a current City of Ventura Fire Engineer or Firefighter-Paramedic with either a Ventura City Fire Department Engine Operator Task Book certification or a Ventura City Fire Department Relief Driver certification, consider participating in the Fire Captain promotional process and apply online at by the 1/20/2019 filing deadline!


Under direction of the on-duty Battalion Chief, assigns, coordinates and supervises the activities of a fire company.  Provides direct supervision and leadership and schedules and coordinates departmental programs related to the delivery of emergency services, fire prevention and public education.  This position wears a uniform and works rotating shifts, including evenings, weekends, and holidays, and is subject to call out in emergency conditions.


Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

Responds with company personnel, apparatus, and equipment to fire emergencies, vehicle accidents, hazardous material incidents; assesses conditions and initiates actions to control the emergency; gives directions to firefighters and supervises all activities at an emergency scene until relieved, and for emergencies that require medical aid, supervises and participates in rescue operations including the administration of medical aid.

Plans, assigns, and supervises the activities of company personnel in performing station and equipment maintenance; plans and coordinates activities and projects; appraises the performance of assigned company personnel; ensures company conformance with departmental rules, policies and procedures; assists with the development of in-service training programs and trains subordinates.

Maintains inventory of non-expendable maintenance and operational items and all capital outlays assigned to the station; monitors budget; initiates process for needed repairs.  Conducts inspections of structures for conformance with fire and life safety laws and regulations; maintains records of inspections; responds to citizen complaints or questions related to fire and life safety laws and regulations.

Participates in physical fitness maintenance program; performs staff work; may be responsible for special assignments and/or administrative duties as assigned by a Battalion Chief; participates in fire and life safety prevention programs. Makes recommendations on division practices, policies, and procedures; attends meetings, conferences, and training sessions as necessary; in the absence of the Battalion Chief, may assume the basic duties and responsibilities of the Battalion Chief; may be assigned to staff assignment duty as determined by the Fire Chief; performs other duties as assigned.


1) Possession of a current and valid EMT-1 or EMT-P certification.

2) Possession of a current and valid CPR certification.

3) A current and valid California Class A, B, or C driver's license with a Firefighter endorsement.

4) If not currently employed as a Fire Engineer, requires possession of a completed and valid Ventura City Fire Department Engine Operator Task Book or Ventura City Fire Department Relief Driver certification at time of application.

5) Possession of a valid State of California Fire Officer certification or completion of State of California Company Officer certification track is highly desirable.


Possession of required license and certificates and the following:

Five years of full time, paid fire suppression experience which includes at least three years of experience with the City of Ventura, OR four years of full time, paid fire suppression experience which includes at least three years of experience with the City of Ventura, AND either an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree in a related subject, OR 60 college semester units comparable to an A.A. or A.S. degree in a related subject, OR certification as a Fire Officer by the State of California. 
Supervisory certificate and/or training in effective supervisory practices is highly desirable.

Must be physically capable of performing all tasks required of a Ventura Firefighter-Paramedic including rigorous activities associated with emergency operations, and meet California Department of Motor Vehicle visual acuity standards necessary to maintain required licenses.

Selection Plan

The preferred method of application is on-line and you are highly encouraged to apply at  by the filing deadline. Please submit an application AND upload/attach an electronic copy of your resume to your application outlining how your experience and education meets the Minimum Qualifications outlined in this job announcement. If you need assistance with completing an online application and/or uploading attachments, please call Human Resources for assistance at 654-7853 during regular business hours.

Testing components may include, but are not limited to, the following topics: M.O.U., Operational Guidelines, Personnel Rules & Regulations, Standard Operating Procedures, Training Manual, VFD Truck Operations, Ventura City Fire - Incident Commander's Guides, all available resources on the Ventura City Fire intranet, and those topics outlined under the written examination component below.

The written examination, technical simulation and oral board must each be passed with a minimum 70% score to move to the next testing component.


Date: Tuesday, February 5, 2019: 8:00AM - 10:00 AM (Community Meeting Room)

Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications will be invited to participate in a written examination designed to evaluate candidate's knowledge and abilities in the fire service topics outlined below. Topics include, but may not be limited to, the following:

  • Fire and Emergency Services Company Officer (IFSTA, 5th Edition; 2014)
  • Firescope California: Fire Service Field Ops Guide (ICS 420-1; 2012)
  • Effective Supervisory Practices (ICMA, 5th Edition; 2013)
  • Truck Company Operations, Mittendorf, John; PennWell Publishing (2nd edition; 2011)
  • The Fire Chief's Handbook (5th edition)
  • Wildland Urban Interface Operating Principles (1st edition)

Candidates must pass the written examination with a minimum score of 70% to move to the technical simulation and oral board components.


Dates: Tentatively scheduled on February 13 and 14, 2019 (Bogner Conference Room)

Simulation exercises will be administered to assess candidate ability to appropriately respond as a Fire Captain to simulated fire and emergency situations. Candidates must receive a score of 70% or greater on each simulation exercise to pass this component.

Immediately following the simulation exercise, candidates will participate in a structured oral board interview to assess candidates' leadership and supervisory abilities to successfully perform as a Fire Captain. Candidates must receive a score of 70% or greater to pass this component.


The names of candidates passing all three components of the testing process will be certified to an eligibility list.


Date: Tentatively scheduled on February 21, 2019 (Fire Department Conference Room)

Candidates named to the Eligibility List will be invited to participate in department selection interviews conducted by a Hiring Selection Committee. The Hiring Selection Committee will focus on personal attributes not previously evaluated in the testing process that are typically asked during the Chief's interviews to evaluate a candidate's qualifications and ability to succeed.

Immediately following the department selection interview, the Hiring Selection Committee will evaluate candidate responses to all questions, and will review a summary of how each candidate performed in the three components of the testing process. Based on this information, the Hiring Selection Committee will reach consensus on a ranked order-of-promotion list and will forward this list, as well as comments and observations determining this ranked order, to the Fire Chief.

The Fire Chief will promote in the recommended ranked order during the period in which the Eligibility List remains active, unless there are unusual circumstances such as documented disciplinary actions or prior "below standard/needs improvement" performance evaluations. In instances such as these, the Fire Chief, at his discretion will consider the severity of the unusual circumstances and may decide to deviate from the ranked order.

The Fire Chief will be available to meet with each candidate to review the ranked order and to provide general feedback relative to his or her individual performance in the selection process. If the Fire Chief chooses to not promote in the ranked order during the period of the Eligibility List, the affected employee(s) will be notified as to the specific reasons they will not be promoted at the current time.


The City of Ventura is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We promote equal employment opportunity to all qualified applicants without regard to age, race, color, religious creed, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, marital status, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, and military and veteran status.

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), if you need an accommodation in a selection process, please notify the Human Resources Department in writing by the final filing date of the position you are interested in. The Human Resources address is: 501 Poli Street, Room 210, Ventura, Ca 93001, (805) 654-7853, e-mail