Fire captains play very important roles in today's society. Fire captains are responsible for their station and they report to the fire chief. A fire captain who works in a large station may have somewhat more narrow job requirements due to the fact that their staff can be quite large. However with smaller stations, fire captains have a large range of responsibilities. Some of their duties include managing the fire station, performing safety inspections, checking equipment on a regular basis, ordering new equipment, and they are often times in charge of training new firefighters. The captain is also held accountable to evaluate fires and determine how their firefighters should respond to each and every fire. They are also responsible for finding quick solutions to any problems that may arise.
When on the scene of a fire, the captain directs the firefighters in how to respond and handle each fire. They also determine how many buildings may be at risk and are in charge of launching evacuations. They work very closely with government fire officials.
Fire captains usually take part in ongoing training programs. Fire captains are responsible for fire drills and make sure their workers have a thorough understanding of how a fire spreads and how to handle each and every situation. Fire captains are often those who have a high school diploma and years of experience with a fire department.
Fire Captain Tasks
- Manage, motivate, train and evaluate team of Fire employees; schedule and prioritize non-emergency activities such as pre-fire planning and training activities.
- Direct all aspects of fire crews during fire and emergency operations.
- Oversee the daily activities of Fire personnel during assigned shift.
- Supervise and participate in the daily care and maintenance of fire station, equipment and grounds.