Fire Commander



JOB TITLE: Fire Commander


DIRECTION OF OTHERS: General supervision over fire equipment officers and part-time firefighters at emergency scenes.

EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: High school diploma or GED equivalent. Minimum of five years work experience as a firefighter, or fire equipment operator required.

NATURE OF WORK: Emergency Response to protect life and property in a leadership role. Performs a variety of routine and complex public safety work related to the fire service including, Public Education, Code Enforcement, Safety, Emergency Management, and day to day operations.


I. Often assumes the role of the Incident Command or Fire Command at emergency scenes.

II. Often functions in leadership support roles using the Incident Management System.

 III. Supervises firefighting activities including driving fire apparatus, raising ladders, laying hoses, and performing fire combat, containment and extinguished tasks.

 IV. Performs emergency aid activities including administering first aid and providing other assistance as required.

V. Participates in and conducts fire training, attends classes in firefighting, emergency medical, hazardous materials, and related subjects.

VI. Operates radio and other communication equipment.

VII. Search for and / or rescue victims at fire and accident sites under adverse or hazardous conditions.

VIII. Performs salvage operations such as throwing salvage covers, sweeping water, and removing debris.

IX. Inspects buildings to ascertain fire code compliance.

X. Presents programs on fire safety to the general public.

XI. Performs maintenance on building, vehicles and equipment.

XII.Completes a variety of fire related reports.

XIII. Carries out duties in compliance with Federal, State, and Local codes and ordinances.

XIV. Performs other duties as assigned.


I. Written and oral communication with citizens, staff, designers, contractors, developers, and other local agencies.

II. Develops public understanding of work and activities of the department.

  1. Advise and assist contractors, developers, designers, and the general public in matters relating to code requirements for building design a construction.
  2. Follows up on citizen questions and requests for materials and information concerning construction and code requirements.
  3. Maintains good relations with building contractors, developers, plumbers, and property owners in the course of reviewing plans, issuing permits and conducting inspections.

III. Provides fire and safety information to the general public.


I. Must possess, or be able to obtain by time of hire, a valid Minnesota driver's license.

II. Must be a United States citizen.

III. Must be able to read and write the English language.

IV. Must be 18 years or older at the time of employment.

V. No felony convictions or disqualifying criminal histories within the past five years.

VI. Must meet the Applicant Screening Requirements that are included with the application packet.

VII. Ability to meet department's physical standards.


I. Individuals in this position will operate, but not be limited to, the following pieces equipment: emergency medical rescue unit, fire apparatus, fire pumps, hoses, standard firefighting equipment, ladders, first aid equipment, radio, pager, telephone, personal computer, copy machines, fax, and calculators.


I. Hours may vary, but the work week will generally consist of 53 hours, and usually involves 24 hour shifts, may involve extended hours, emergency call back, Shifts may be on weekends and holidays.

 II. This is a non-exempt position.

III. This is an appointed position.

IV. All firefighters shall have a response requirement of 10 - 12 minutes, with the time measured from their residence to the station. All traffic regulations, including speed limits must be adhered to.

V.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee frequently works in outside weather conditions. The employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts; in high, precarious places; and with explosives and is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, extreme cold, extreme heat, and vibration.

VI. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

VII. Office environment and construction job site activities, which may include walking, climbing, and bending, in a normal construction environment. This may include exposure to the natural elements, dust, insects, and conditions that could be hazardous or dangerous relative to construction sites. Individual is exposed to hearing alarms and hazards associated with fighting fires and rendering emergency medical assistance, include smoke, noxious odors, fumes, chemicals, liquid chemicals, solvents and oils. The employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts and high, precarious places. Occasionally is exposed to wet/or humid conditions, fumes, or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, risk of electrical shock, and vibration.

In compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act the following represents thePhysical and Environmental Demands: This position requires an equal amount of time spent standing, walking, and sitting. Lifting, pushing/pulling, or carrying objects weighing up to twenty-five (25) pounds is sometimes required, with a maximum of one hundred (100) pounds infrequently required. Climbing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, twisting, and bending are sometimes required. Repetitive movements of the hands are sometimes required. Audio, visual, and verbal functions are essential functions to performing this position. The majority of the workday is spent indoors.