Fire Equipment Operator Assistant
Salary: $17.96-$21.93 hourly / $3,124-$3,814 monthly / Range:
DEFINITION: Under supervision, performs routine maintenance and
minor repair of fire department heavy equipment; performs a variety
of unskilled and semi-skilled work in the prevention and
control/suppression of wildfires; performs a variety of maintenance
tasks within and around fire department facilities; assists Federal
Excess Property program; and performs other duties as required.
DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This class is distinguished from
Maintenance Worker and Equipment Service Worker by its assignment to
the Fire Department's construction unit and by its exposure to
hazardous fire conditions. Fire Equipment Operator Assistant is
further distinguished from Fire Equipment Operator in that it
services heavy equipment, such as bulldozers and motor graders,
while the latter operates heavy equipment.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:
1. Fuels and services heavy equipment, such as bulldozers, skip
loaders, motor graders, dump trucks, water trucks, stake-side
trucks, trailers, and forklifts, by checking fluid levels,
lubricating moving parts, and changing oil and oil filters; performs
preventive maintenance and minor repair of heavy equipment and power
tools, including replacing hydraulic lines, tightening belts, and
welding/fabricating parts; operates heavy equipment, as necessary,
while it is being repaired; reports the need for major equipment
repair to supervisor; maintains equipment inspection and maintenance
records; and washes and/or waxes heavy equipment and service
2. Provides logistical support to the construction unit during fire
prevention and control activities; secures heavy equipment to
trailers and moves heavy equipment loading ramps onto trailers for
transport to fire ground; drives service vehicle containing tools
and spare parts to and from fire grounds; reads topographic and road
maps; operates two-way radios; drives service truck to pick up and
deliver equipment, food, supplies, and equipment replacement parts
to operators in remote locations; secures transport vehicles and
heavy equipment at fire grounds and operates them, if necessary, to
move them out of the path of fire; uses hand and power tools such as
shovels, axes, chain saws, and portable generators to clear
firebreaks, trails, and emergency access roads; watches for spot
fires or other hazardous fire behavior situations; provides first
aid as needed to co-workers and general public; and upon
authorization, lights backfires and burnouts.
3. Cleans and maintains fire construction facilities and surrounding
areas, including sweeping, dusting, mopping, mowing, weeding,
painting, carpentry, paving, plumbing, and fence repair.
4. Drives light and heavy trucks to pick up federal excess property
from other government facilities, transports excess property to fire
department warehouse, and distributes property to fire stations
throughout the County; sorts, categorizes, and repairs newly
obtained excess property; assists and/or conducts physical
inventories; and inputs inventory records into computerized
5. Attends basic fire fighting training classes, to learn topics
including fire behavior; weather conditions; safety hazards and
precautions; basic fire suppression methods in open and mountainous
country; operation of heavy equipment, including bulldozers, motor
graders, and front-end loaders; local geography, roads, and water
supply systems; first aid; and physical fitness; and applies them to
1. One year of experience servicing or maintaining vehicles AND some
experience operating chain saws and power tools; 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.
Possession and maintenance of a valid California Class B Driver's
License is required. 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.
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.
Knowledge of: equipment, methods, materials, and tools related to
servicing and maintaining vehicles; fuels and lubricants; motor
vehicle laws; and general safety practices.
Ability to: read and understand equipment maintenance manuals and
schematics to make minor repairs; use the equipment, materials, and
tools required in the maintenance and repair of motorized equipment;
operate chain saws; write legibly to record work performed on
equipment and assignments; read road maps; communicate one-on-one to
understand verbal directions; establish and maintain effective
working relationships with co-workers; follow written and verbal
instructions; and work independently.
Knowledge of: fire behavior and heavy equipment servicing practices.
Ability to: read topographic maps.
SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: Emergency operations require working 16-to
24-hour shifts under difficult conditions such as fire and floods
and the ability to walk steep terrain. Transporting heavy equipment
requires the ability to move loading ramps weighing 125 pounds onto
and off of trailers.