Fire Captain


Recruitment #24-8146-01




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. Qualified applicants must be current Alameda County Fire Department employees and have completed, by the last day for filing, the equivalent of six months of continuous service following a regular appointment in the Alameda County classified service. A regular appointment does not include provisional, TAP (Temporary Assignment Pool), or STEP-UP appointments.

Supplemental Questionnaire: A properly completed Supplemental Questionnaire must be submitted with each application. Failure to submit the Supplemental Questionnaire will result in disqualification.

Applicants are required to attach the following documents to their application: 

  • Current and valid California Driver's License
  • Applicable certifications and/or class completions listed in the Minimum Qualifications.
Documents must be uploaded under the RESUME tab. The RESUME tab will only accept ONE attachment. If you have multiple documents, please save all documents in one file and attach it once under the RESUME tab. 

    Applications, Supplemental Questionnaires, and required documentation must be in the possession of the Human Resource Services Department by 5:00 p.m. on the last day for filing.

    Applications and Supplemental Questionnaires 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 Falck ambulance service.

    For more information about the agency, please visit:  Alameda County Fire Department.


    Under general direction, to command a fire fighting company and provide direction and supervision to subordinates, typically, Fire Engineer and Firefighter(s); provide leadership for, and train, inspect, and evaluate subordinates; perform all related work as required.

    For detailed information about the classification, please click on the link to view the full job description: Fire Captain (#8146).

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



    The equivalent of five years combined full-time, paid experience as a Firefighter and/or Fire Engineer in the Alameda County Fire Department and successful completion of the Alameda County Fire Department Captain’s Task Book.

    Must be in possession of a valid California driver’s license eligible to drive fire apparatus.

    Must be certified as an Emergency Medical Technician or Paramedic.


    Completion, by application close, of the following training classes:

    • ICS300
    • Command 1A, Command 1B, Command 1C
    • Instructor 1A or Training Instructor 1A
    • Instructor 1B or Training Instructor 1B
    • Investigation 1A
    • Management 1
    • Prevention 1A and Prevention 1B or the newer Prevention 1
    • CSFM Company Officer Certification

    • Company Officer 2A: Human Resource Management for Company Officers
    • Company Officer 2B: General Administrative Functions for Company Officers
    • Company Officer 2C: Fire Inspections and Investigation for Company Officer
    • Company Officer 2D: All Risk Command Operations for Company Officers
    • Company Officer 2E: Wildland incident Operations for Company Officer
    • S290 Intermediate Wildland Fire Behavior (Classroom Delivery)
    • Instructional Methodology


    • Department of Defense Fire Officer I-V Certification that meets or exceeds NFPA 1021

    *Completion of Engine Boss S230/S231 is highly desirable regardless of MQ track.

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


    The most suitably qualified candidates will possess the following competencies:

    Knowledge of:

    • Working knowledge of the practices, procedures and equipment used in fighting fires and in saving lives and property.
    • The operation and maintenance of fire and rescue apparatus and equipment.
    • Laws, rules and regulations which govern the Fire Department.
    • Hazardous and flammable materials.
    • Evidence of arson, and the presentation of evidence in court.
    • Effective methods of crowd control, building evacuation techniques and traffic rules.
    • Principles of hydraulics and chemistry as applied to fire fighting.
    • District geography.
    • Basic computer skills.
    Ability to:

    • Supervise personnel and equipment under emergency conditions effectively.
    • Appraise an emergency situation, and initiate an effective course of action quickly.
    • Maintain discipline and high morale.
    • Handle varying amounts of workload and stress effectively.
    • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees, and the public.
    • Memorize the names of streets and the location of water mains, fire hydrants and fire hazards in a fire district.
    • Prepare clear, concise reports, evaluations, and communications using a computer.



    1. A review of candidates' applications 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 review of candidates’ Supplemental Questionnaires to further screen for minimum qualifications. Those candidates who possess the minimum requirements for the class will move on to the next step in the examination process.
    3. A written examination. Those candidates with a passing score on the written test will move on to the next step in the examination process. The written examination is to assess technical and supervisor skills, and will be weighted at 20% of the candidate's final examination score.
    4. An assessment center which will be weighted as 80% of the candidate's final examination score and may consist of:

    i.    A structured interview to assess background and training, weighted at 20% of the candidate's final score;

    ii.   Simulation exercises, to assess incident command skills, weighted at 40% of the candidate's final score;

    iii.  Administrative exercises to assess administrative and managerial skills, weighted at 20% of the candidate's final score.



    NOTECompetitors must achieve at least 70% in each of the assessment test components individually listed above in order to obtain an overall qualifying score in the entire examination process. 

    Competitors who score 70% or above in the entire process will have their names placed on the eligible list in order of final ranking.

    Candidates are encouraged to utilize the resources listed below to prepare for the examination. 

    Fire Captain Examination Resources:

    • IFSTA - Essentials of Firefighting (6th Edition)
    • IFSTA - Fire and Emergency Services Company Officer (5th Edition)
    • Firescope FOG (2017 edition)
    • Firefighter's Handbook on Wildland Firefighting (3rd Edition)
    • Alameda County Fire Department OAGs and SOGs.


    We reserve the right to make changes to the announced examination components. 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,


    The County will inform applicants, via email and with reasonable notice in advance, of any examination process that will require their attendance.  The following dates are tentative and subject to change based on operational needs.



    Deadline for Filing

    5:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 27, 2024

    Review of Applications for Minimum Qualifications

    By March 1, 2024

    Written Examination:

    Week of April 1, 2024

    Assessment Center Examination: Week of May 6, 2024
    Notification of Results:  Week of May 22, 2024



    Department Hiring Interviews

    Week of June 10, 2024


    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 statues. 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 statues.

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


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    Maria Tabora | Human Resources Analyst
    Human Resource Services, County of Alameda
    (510) 272-6463 |


    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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