Fire Equipment Operator, Supervising
Salary: $37.02-$45.20 hourly / $6,439-$7,861 monthly / Range:
DEFINITION: Under general direction, operates and supervises
others in the operation of heavy equipment for fire prevention and
suppression work; and performs related duties as required.
DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This class is distinguished from
that of Fire Equipment Operator in that the latter is responsible
for operating the equipment while the Fire Equipment Operator,
Supervising assigns, trains and evaluates the Fire Equipment
Operators in addition to operating the equipment.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:
1. Directs the use of heavy equipment during fire control
activities, taking into consideration such factors as soil
conditions, terrain, type and movement of equipment, time
requirements and fuel management; and checks out terrain in order to
facilitate fire control.
2. Assigns, reviews, and evaluates work of fire equipment operators;
trains and/or arranges for staff training in the safe and effective
operation of heavy equipment such as bulldozers, tractors and motor
graders; plans staff work schedules; completes incident response
forms; maintains necessary records and schedules of activities; and
ensures departmental policies and procedures are followed by staff.
3. Operates heavy equipment to control fires and to construct fire
lines, fuel breaks, roads and trails; services heavy equipment; and
performs minor repairs and preventive maintenance, including welding
and fabrication of parts.
4. Confers with property owners and schedules fire road maintenance
and construction of fuel breaks.
5. Advises department of projected costs for equipment replacement
and repair; and ensures preventive maintenance plan for equipment is
completed as scheduled.
1. Four years of experience in operating bulldozers and other heavy
equipment in fire control work under emergency conditions, including
the control of wildland fires; or,
2. four years of experience as a Fire Equipment Operator with Santa
Barbara County; or,
3. 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 Drive's
License. Appointees to this classification may be subject to
mandatory testing for drugs prior to beginning work; once on the
job, incumbents may 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: firefighting sciences including fire behavior, weather
conditions, safety hazards and precautions; fire suppression methods
in open and mountainous country; the operation of heavy equipment
and vehicles in fire control activities; minor maintenance and
repair of heavy equipment; vegetation management methods and
practices; soil types, erosion control, and road construction
related to fire control; laws regarding the transportation of heavy
equipment over State highways; and basic math to compute vehicle and
Ability to: skillfully and safely operate heavy equipment and
vehicles including bulldozer, semi-tractor trailer, skip loader,
road grader, and fork lift; make tactical decisions in emergency
situations regarding use of equipment; 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 and give verbal directions;
establish and maintain effective working relationships with
co-workers and staff; follow written and verbal instructions; work
independently and without close supervision.
Knowledge of: basic supervisory techniques; local geography, roads,
and water supply systems; and basic first aid.
Ability to: repair equipment and fabricate parts.
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.