Most of the time, fire captains work at fire stations that belong to local governments, but they may also work for private businesses, such as refining company, airports or oil companies. They are in charge of a crew of firefighters. They must make sure that all fire firefighters working under them follow established safety guidelines and procedures.
Fire captains’ duties vary, depending on the size of their fire station. If their fire station is small, fire captains may be directly involved in actual firefighting. If they work for bigger fire stations, they typically report to fire chiefs. They perform fire safety inspections. They train new fire fighters. Fire captains are responsible for equipment checks. They must make sure that the fire trucks and related equipment are in good working condition. They conduct regular examinations of specific equipment, such as hoses and ladders. They check fire engine maintenance logs. They must be familiar with various chemicals used to fight fires.
Employers prefer candidates who have a bachelor’s degree in fire science. They may, however, consider candidates who have significant work experience as a firefighter or have worked as fire captains. Fire captains must keep themselves up to date with various techniques and technology relevant to fire fighting. Fire captains must have excellent leadership, interpersonal, and communication skills.
Fire Captain Tasks
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.
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.