Monday, January 18, 2021

Fire Engineer

Recruitment #20-8143-01


THIS IS A NEW PROMOTIONAL ASSEMBLED EXAMINATION. The eligible list resulting from this examination will cancel any existing list and may last approximately one year but can be extended.

Please upload all required documents under the RESUME tab. The RESUME tab can only attach one file. If you have multiple documents, please save all documents in one file and attach it once under the RESUME tab. Below are the required documents:

  • Driver Operator 1A certificate
  • Driver Operator 1B certificate

Applications and attachments must be in the possession of the Human Resource Services Department by 5:00 p.m. on the last day of filing. Failure to submit the application and attachments electronically will result in disqualification.

Applications will only be accepted on-line.



THE ALAMEDA COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENT (ACFD) provides all-risk emergency services to the unincorporated areas of Alameda County (excluding Fairview), the cities of San Leandro, Dublin, Newark, Union City and Emeryville, the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. With 28 fire stations and 34 companies serving a population of 394,000, the ACFD serves densely populated urban areas, waterways, industrialized centers, extensive urban interface, agricultural and wildland regions. Over 400 personnel and 100 Reserve Firefighters provide a wide variety of services to an ever expanding, dynamic and diverse community of roughly 508 square miles. These services include:

  • Advanced Life Support
  • Fire Suppression
  • Hazardous Materials Response
  • Urban Search & Rescue
  • Water Rescue
  • Community Outreach & Education
  • Disaster Preparedness
  • Fire Prevention and Code Compliance
  • Regional Dispatch 

The Alameda County Fire Department (ACFD) was formed on July 1, 1993 as a dependent special district with the Alameda County Board of Supervisors as its governing body. This consolidation brought together into a single jurisdiction the Castro Valley Fire Department, Eden Consolidated Fire Protection District and County Fire Patrol.

Subsequently, the following communities have contracted with the ACFD:

  • July 1, 1995 City of San Leandro
  • July 1, 1997 City of Dublin
  • August 1, 2002 Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • October 1, 2007 Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  • May 1, 2010 City of Newark
  • July 1, 2010 City of Union City
  • July 1, 2012 City of Emeryville

On January 20, 2008, the ACFD became responsible for the administration and operation of the Alameda County Regional Emergency Communications Center (ACRECC). The dispatch center provides dispatch and regional communication center services for the ACFD, the Alameda County Emergency Medical Services Agency, Camp Parks Combat Support Training Center, and the cities of Alameda, Fremont, Livermore and Pleasanton. ACRECC is also the Dispatch/System Status Management Center for Paramedics Plus ambulance service.


Under supervision, to drive, operate and maintain fire engines and trucks; perform a variety of pumping operations; assist in the suppression of fires; and perform related work as required.

Please CLICK HERE for the full job description.

Note: This job classification serves a one-year probationary period, in accordance with ACFD OAG 24.002.


NOTE: The following are the duties performed by employees in this classification. However, employees may perform other related duties at an equivalent level. Each individual in the classification does not necessarily perform all duties listed.

1. Responds to fire and other emergency alarms by driving assigned vehicle to fire scenes and other locations.

2. Performs preventive and minor maintenance on assigned vehicles.

3. Spots the equipment; sets up for pumping or drafting; sets and adjusts controls on the pumper to deliver required water pressures and flow.

4. Lays hose lines and supply lines; may operate aerial ladders as assigned.

5. Assists in the inspection of public buildings and multiple residential units to determine and enforce compliance with safety laws and ordinances.

6. Compiles and submits information and reports on equipment runs, accidents, gas and oil usage, and apparatus inspections.

7. Assists in the maintenance of fire station and surrounding grounds.

8. Operates pumper equipment and otherwise assists in the suppression of fires.

9. Performs related duties as required.



The equivalent of three years’ experience as a firefighter in the Alameda County Fire Department, successful completion of the Alameda County Fire Department Engineer Task Book, successful completion of the Alameda County Fire Department’s Engineer Promotional Preparation Workshop within two years from the last day for filing, and successful completion of CSFM Driver Operator 1A & 1B.


Possession and maintenance of a valid California Motor Vehicle license with a Firefighter’s endorsement.

NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.


NOTE: The level and scope of the following knowledge and abilities are related to duties listed under the "Examples of Duties" section of this specification.

Knowledge of:

• Operation and maintenance of fire pumping equipment and related apparatus.
• Technical fire fighting techniques and the principles of hydraulics as applied to fire suppression.
• Working knowledge of modern fire fighting methods.
• Fire prevention and safety principles and methods.
• General knowledge of departmental rules, regulations, policies and codes and ordinances; modern first aid techniques.

Ability to:

• Administer first aid as required.
• Perform maintenance and minor mechanical repairs to fire equipment and other apparatus.
• Understand and follow oral and written instructions.
• Function as a firefighter when necessary.
• Memorize the names of streets and locations of water mains and fire hydrants.


The examination will consist of the following steps:

  1. A review of candidate's application and supporting documentation to verify possession of minimum requirements. Those candidates who possess the minimum requirements for the class will move on to the next step in the examination process.
  2. A written test, weighted at 20% of your final score. Those candidates with passing scores on the written test will move on to the next step in the examination process.
  3. A performance test which will be weighted as 80% of your final score.

Note: Competitors must achieve a minimum of 70% in each of the five (5) components of the exam as well as a minimum overall score of 70%:

  1. Written exam
  2. Aerial and Pretrip operations
  3. Pumping operations
  4. Drafting operations
  5. Driving operations

Candidates must attain a qualifying rating on each portion of this examination.


Alameda County utilizes a Civil Service Selection System founded on merit. Such a system is competitive and based on broad recruitment efforts and equal opportunity for qualified applicants to test in an examination process designed to determine the qualifications, fitness and ability of competitors to perform duties of the vacant position. Many of our recruitments are targeted and specific to the needs of a current vacant position, in which case, the eligible list may be exclusively used for that current vacant position. Other recruitments may be more broadly used for both current and future vacancies, or for other alternate jobs with comparable scopes of work.

To learn more about our recruitment and selection process, please visit the “What You Need to Know” section of our website,

Selection Plan

Applicants will be informed via email with reasonable notice in advance of any examination process which will require their attendance. The following dates are tentative and subject to change based on the needs of the Agency:


Deadline for Filing:

5:00 p.m., Thursday, February 18,2021

Review of Minimum Qualifications:

by Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Written Exam:

Week of March 22, 2021

Performance Test:

Week of April 19,2021


Alameda County and the Human Resource Services Department will make reasonable efforts in the examination and/or selection process to accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities and/or medical conditions in accordance/compliance with the State Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), Federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Alameda County’s Reasonable Accommodation Policy and applicable statutes. To request an accommodation due to a disability/medical condition during this or other phases of the examination/selection process, please contact the assigned Human Resources Representative listed on the job announcement before the last date of filing. Alameda County requires applicants to provide supporting documentation to substantiate a request for reasonable accommodation. In order to qualify for a reasonable accommodation, applicants must have a disability/medical condition pursuant to the ADA, FEHA and applicable statutes.

For more information regarding our Reasonable Accommodation procedures, please visit our website,


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Debra Robinson-Harris | Human Resources Analyst
Human Resource Services, County of Alameda
(510) 272-6437 |



All Alameda County employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law.  Employment with the County requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect.  Employees are required to report to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.


Alameda County has a diverse workforce, that is representative of the communities we serve and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.  All aspects of employment are based on merit, competence, performance and business need. Alameda County does not discriminate in employment on the basis of, race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factors protected under federal, state and local law. Alameda County celebrates diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive, and welcoming workplace environment.

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