Fire Equipment Operator
Salary: $33.68-$41.11 hourly / $5,857-$7,150 monthly / Range:
DEFINITION: Under direction, operates a bulldozer in clearing and
constructing fire breaks and fire trails; assists in fighting fires;
and performs related work as required.
DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This Class is distinguished from
other classes involving equipment operation by the assignment to
firefighting duties and the operation of the equipment during
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:
1. Transports bulldozer to fire areas using a tractor semi-trailer;
operates bulldozer to construct, clear, and widen fire breaks and
fire trails, and improve access to high fire danger areas; operates
skip loader, road grader, and backhoe for flood control, emergency
response and road improvements; and maintains driving log.
2. Assists in controlling fires in inaccessible areas by
constructing fire breaks, fire trails, and roads by operating
bulldozer to clear vegetation and combustible materials; assists in
regular fire prevention activities by constructing fire breaks using
bulldozer on planned burn projects; assists in disaster response and
mitigation, and hazardous material containment by removing debris,
clearing flood channels, delivering sand, and constructing
containment dikes; administers first aid in field during emergency
operations; responds to out-of-county requests for mutual aid as
directed; completes forms for reimbursement from other agencies for
3. Services bulldozers, skip loaders, road graders, trailers, and
forklifts by checking fluid levels and changing filters; and
performs minor repairs and preventive maintenance, including welding
and fabrication of parts; maintains records of equipment inspections
and minor maintenance performed.
4. Helps maintain fire station and surrounding areas; participates
in fire drills and classes.
1. Two years of experience in the operation of heavy vehicles and
equipment, with major emphasis on the operation of a bulldozer and
semi-tractor trailer; or,
2. a combination of training, education, and experience that is
equivalent to the employment standard listed above and that provides
the required knowledge and abilities.
Applicants hired after December 26, 1988 shall be disqualified from
further employment consideration if they use tobacco products in any
form, on or off duty.
Possession and maintenance of a valid California Class A Driver
License. Appointees to this classification will be subject to
mandatory testing for drugs prior to beginning work; once on the
job, incumbents will be subject to mandatory testing for drugs
and/or alcohol on a random, reasonable suspicion, post-accident,
return-to-duty, and follow-up basis.
Knowledge of: the operation of heavy equipment and vehicles,
including bulldozers and semi-tractor trailers; minor maintenance
and repair of heavy equipment; basic math to compute vehicle and
Ability to: skillfully and safely operate heavy equipment and
vehicles including bulldozers and semi-tractor trailers; read and
understand equipment maintenance manuals and schematics to make
minor repairs; write legibly to record work performed on equipment
and assignments; communicate one-on-one to understand verbal
directions; establish and maintain effective working relationships
with co-workers; follow written and verbal instructions; work
independently and without close supervision.
Knowledge of: basic firefighting techniques including fire behavior,
weather conditions, safety hazards and precautions; basic fire
suppression methods in open and mountainous country; local
geography, roads, and water supply systems; and basic first aid.
Ability to: operate a skip loader, road grader, and fork lift
skillfully and safely; repair equipment and fabricate parts; and
make tactical decisions in emergency situations regarding use of
Possession of a basic Emergency Medical Technician certificate.
SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: Emergency operations require working 16 to
24 hours shifts under difficult conditions such as fire and floods.
Transporting heavy equipment requires the ability to move loading
ramps weighing 125 pounds onto and off a trailer.