Fire lieutenants are responsible for overseeing and training firefighters within a firehouse and serving as the lead commander on calls for service in the absence of the fire chief. Strong interpersonal and communication skills are important in this position, as these lieutenants often mediate disputes among firefighters and other staff within the firehouse and should be able to do so independently.
Organization and close attention to detail are important in this position to schedule employees' work shifts and handle firefighters' requests for time off. General knowledge of basic office software is highly beneficial for fire lieutenants, as is the ability to prepare and deliver reports and other written correspondence. They should have prior experience as firefighters, especially in a leadership role, and a current firefighting state certification and current CPR certification are required for this position. On-the-job training, recertification, and ongoing education may be necessary for these lieutenants.
Fire Lieutenant Tasks
Supervise and direct fire ground and emergency operations for assigned company.
Conduct fire, occupational license and complaint inspections and re-inspections.
Maintains and enforce departmental rules and regulations.
Oversee assigned personnel in daily work schedule and routine station duties including maintenance of vehicles and apparatus.
Supervise, train and evaluate assigned personnel.