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Captain - Training

Phenix City, Alabama

Phenix City, Alabama

Posted on Wednesday, July 26, 2023

Job Summary

Under general supervision of Chief of Training; reviews laws, guidelines and policies governing the City, Phenix City Fire/Rescue Services and Alabama Personnel Standards Commission. Manages department training and maintains compliance with state and department requirements. Keeps current inventory of turnout gear and performs additional duties in support of the department as assigned or upon request.

Essential Job Duties & Responsibilities

The following duties are normal for this position. The omission of specific statement of the duties does not exclude them from the classification if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment for this position. Other duties may be required, assigned and expected aside from those set forth below to address operational needs and changing operational practices.

  • Researches current literature, books and Internet sites on fire service training.
  • Monitors new recruits with initial training and CPAT testing, observes performance and offers recommendations for improvement.
  • Counsels new recruits on work related issues, administers or recommends disciplinary action; maintains files for training records, equipment lists and uniform orders.
  • Confers with vendors on equipment orders, training supplies and other materials.
  • Evaluates equipment performance, determines suitability and informs the Chief of Training of recommendations.
  • Makes minor repairs to equipment when needed and keeps supervisors informed.
  • Issues Turnout gear to fire service personnel.
  • Conducts training needs assessment and determines appropriate training methods.
  • Prepares instructional material, organizes and conducts emergency service training.
  • Plans and coordinates certification classes and ensures that fire service personnel maintain certifications and licenses.
  • Arranges in-house instructors to conduct classroom and field training; prepares and supplies materials needed for instruction.
  • Remains current on changes with training equipment, procedures and methods of fire service.
  • Maintains file for training hours for department personnel; prepares and administers exams to personnel; scores, documents and informs personnel of results.
  • Attends professional training seminars, conferences and continuing education courses.
  • Prepares price quotes, orders training supplies, equipment supplies or makes errands to pickup supplies.
  • Maintains library of fire service, prevention and suppression materials.
  • Performs physical fitness training to remain fit.
  • At times may be called to respond to an emergency incident to support manpower.
  • Serves as a Safety Officer or Incident Commander at an incident.
  • May perform other duties to include fire suppression, investigation, search and rescue, or ventilation as assigned by the Incident Commander.
  • Observes the structural integrity, electrical hazards and other unsafe conditions and informs personnel of immediate or suspected danger.
  • Monitors the scene, assesses the personnel’s performance to determine if specialized training or instruction is needed.
  • May assist in salvage and overhaul operations.
  • May assist in fire scene investigations and evidence collection.
  • Carries out a personal professional improvement plan for advancement.
  • Performs additional tasks as assigned or upon request.


Education & Experience Guidelines
Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities required for this position would be:

Associate of Applied Science degree in Fire Science OR non-fire related Associate degree with Fire Science certificate.

Minimum one year as a Line Captain

Licenses or Certifications Required
Fire Investigator I certification, Fire Officer I/II certification, Instructor I/II certification, Certified Apparatus Operator- Pumper, Certified Apparatus Operator- Aerial, Hazardous Materials Awareness & Operational, Hazardous Materials Technician, Fire Department Safety Officer: Incident Safety Officer, Fire Department Safety Officer: Health and Safety Officer, NIMS 100, 200, 300, 400, 700, and 800 certifications, National Registry and Alabama EMT-B licenses, Valid state issued drivers license

The following generally describes the knowledge and abilities required in order to successfully perform the assigned duties of the position:

Knowledge of:

  • Concepts, principles and methods of fire prevention, suppression and rescue.
  • Training including needs assessment, learning principles, training methods and evaluation of training activities.
  • Standard operating guidelines and policies of the City of Phenix City Fire/Rescue Services.
  • Building construction, sprinkler systems and layout.
  • Management and supervisory techniques.
  • City street system, location of water hydrants and traffic laws of the state of Alabama.
  • Proper use and function of emergency equipment, first aid procedures and training techniques.

Ability to:

  • Read to comprehend directives, maps and training materials.
  • Write to prepare training materials, investigative reports and document training records.
  • Communicate with co-workers, supervisors and the general public.
  • Calculate fire flow and hydrant calculations.
  • Use word processing software to produce accurate reports, plans and other documents.
  • Enter text or data accurately to produce training schedules, reports or course announcements. Follow written and oral instruction.
  • Prepare and present classroom style lectures to groups.
  • Work under general supervision where standard practices enable duties to be performed alone referring questionable cases to supervisor.
  • Work as a member of a team.

Physical Demands & Working Environment

The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the city encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations needed to perform the essential duties of this position.

Environment: Indoors and Outdoors

Physical Demands: See accompanying page for details

Key Working Relationship: Fire Department Staff, Training Staff of fellow consortium departments