H030 Captain, Fire Suppression

Recruitment #CBT-H030-903753


Clerically amended on 06.15.20 to extend application filing to address delays in medical exams due to COVID-19.

Under general direction from higher-ranking officers in the Department, the H030 Captain is a working supervisor who commands a firefighting company (encompassing all crew shifts) in the performance of emergency and non-emergency tasks. Emergency tasks include those associated with receipt of an alarm, arrival at the scene, size-up, search and rescue, fire extinguishing, ventilation, salvage, overhaul, and emergency medical care. In the absence of a senior officer, a captain directs and ensures the efficiency of multi-unit operations. Non-emergency tasks include those associated with developing and administering station policy, ensuring compliance with departmental policy, completing and maintaining unit records and reports, training, and community relations. A captain may also be required to perform other duties as assigned.

An H030 Captain is distinguished from an H032 Captain in Fire Prevention and Investigation and an H033 Captain in Emergency Medical Services in that the latter two do not supervise crews engaged in fire suppression work. An H030 Captain is distinguished from an H020 Lieutenant, Fire Suppression in that the H020 is not responsible for developing station policy. An H030 Captain is distinguished from an H040 Battalion Chief in that the latter oversees several stations in a battalion, has broader command authority at emergency incidents, and is assigned to investigations.

Minimum Qualifications

Permanent status and successful completion of probationary period in class H020 Lieutenant by Friday, July 31, 2020.

How To Apply

Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are only accepted through an online process. Visit www.jobaps.com/sf to register an account (if you have not already done so) and begin the application process.

· Select the desired job announcement

· Select “Apply” and read and acknowledge the information

· Select either “I am a New User” if you have not previously registered, or “I have Registered Previously”

· Follow instructions on the screen 

Computers are available for the public (from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday) to file online applications in the lobby of the Dept. of Human Resources at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco.

Applicants may be contacted by email about this announcement and, therefore, it is their responsibility to ensure that their registered email address is accurate and kept up-to-date. Also, applicants must ensure that email from CCSF is not blocked on their computer by a spam filter. To prevent blocking, applicants should set up their email to accept CCSF mail from the following address @sfgov.org.

Applicants will receive a confirmation email that their online application has been received in response to every announcement for which they file. Applicants should retain this confirmation email for their records. Failure to receive this email means that the online application was not submitted or received.

All work experience, education, training and other information substantiating how you meet the minimum qualifications must be included on your application by the filing deadline. Information submitted after the filing deadline will not be considered in determining whether you meet the minimum qualifications.

Applications completed improperly may be cause for ineligibility or disqualification.

If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the exam analyst, Deana Kwan, by telephone at 415-557-4882 or by email at deana.kwan@sfgov.org.

Selection Plan

The selection process will consist of the following components: Incident Simulation Exercise and a Management Exercise. Weights for each exercise will be announced via preparation guide, which will be issued approximately 30 days prior to the administration of the respective test components.

Qualified applicants will be notified by email of the exact dates, times, and locations of the exercises, which are tentatively scheduled for administration during the week of September 7, 2020. 

A passing score will be established with respect to the final scores. Only those candidates who attain a final score at or above the pass point will have their names included on the eligible list. 

Eligible List:
The duration of the eligible list resulting from this selection process will be two years, and may be extended one additional year with the approval of the Director of Human Resources. In accordance with Civil Service Rule 313.2.1, the Chief of Department will consider the following secondary criteria when making appointments from the eligible list:

• Fire Department experience (i.e., length and variety)

• Education and training

• Completion of State Fire Marshal courses or equivalent

• Disciplinary record

Secondary criteria items will be reviewed in totality and will not be weighted. Candidates will be asked to complete a Secondary Criteria form at a later date. Candidates will be notified via Fire Department General Order when to submit the Secondary Criteria form. 

Certification Rule:

In accordance with Civil Service Rule 313.3.4, the certification rule to be used for the eligible list will be Statistically Valid Grouping (Sliding Band).

Suggested Reading/Reference List:

Candidates should be familiar with all current Fire Department General Orders, the Fire Department manuals and other references listed below. This is a suggested reading list only. Test material may be drawn from the materials listed below. It may also be based on the collective Fire Service experience of subject matter experts as well as experience expected to have been gained as an H020 Lieutenant. Refer to the most recent editions of any materials listed (e.g., Department Policies, Department Rules and Regulations, Department Manuals, Department Training Bulletins, etc.) published/issued prior to June 1, 2020.

· Apparatus Inventory Manual

· Breathing Apparatus Manual

· Building Construction Manual (IFSTA) (Plus Study Guide)

· Command Post Operations

· Communications Manual

· Disaster Manual

· The SFFD Drill Manual

· Extinguisher Manual

· Fireboat Manual

· Fire Investigation Manual

· Forcible Entry Manual

· Hazardous Materials Manual

· High Rise Manual

· Hose and Hose Appliance Manual

· Hotel and Apartment Inspection (R1 and R2) Operating Guide

· Incident Command System Manual

· Injury/Illness Prevention Program Manual

· Managing Employee Performance Manual and Procedures Guidebook

· The North American Emergency Response Guidebook

· National Fire Incident Reporting System-Quick Reference Guide

· National Fire Incident Reporting System -The Basics

· Pump Operations Manual

· Rapid Intervention Crews

· Risk Management

· Rules and Regulations and revisions to Article 39 and 40

· Salvage Practices Manual

· Solar Photovoltaic (PV) System Safety and Fire Ground Procedures

· Standard Rope Practices Manual

· Transit Manual

· Truck and Ladder Manual

· Valve Operating Unit Manual

· Vehicle Operations Manual

· Ventilation Manual

· Water Rescue Operations Manual

· Water Supply Manual

· Wildland Urban Interface Manual

· The Reference Booklet of Sample Reports to complete required forms.

· Department General Orders

· Department Training Bulletins

Reasonable Accommodation Request:

Information on requesting reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities can be found at https://sfdhr.org/information-about-hiring-process#applicantswithdisabilities

General Information Concerning City and County of San Francisco Employment Policies and Procedures: 

Important Employment Information for the City and County of San Francisco can be obtained at https://sfdhr.org/information-about-hiring-process or hard copy at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor.

Terms of Announcement and Appeal Rights:

Applicants must be guided solely by the provisions of this announcement, including requirements, time periods and other particulars, except when superseded by federal, state or local laws, rules or regulations. [Note: The correction of clerical errors in an announcement may be posted on the Department of Human Resources website at www.jobaps.com/sf.] The terms of this announcement may be appealed under Civil Service Rule 310.3. Such appeals must be submitted in writing to the Department of Human Resources, 1 S Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103-5413 by close of business on the 5th business day following the issuance date of this examination announcement. Information concerning other Civil Service Commission Rules involving announcements, applications and examination policies, including applicant appeal rights, can be found on the Civil Service Commission website at http://sfgov.org/civilservice/rules.

Conviction History

As a selected candidate for a job, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction (or arrest, in limited circumstances) conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you are a selected candidate. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances, such as:

· Candidates for positions with the Unified School District and the Community College District may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under the California Education Code.

· Candidates for positions with the Recreation and Park Department may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under California Public Resources Code 5164.

Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with the City. If you are a selected candidate, the hiring department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.


All City and County of San Francisco employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency. 

An applicant/eligible who changes his or her contact information [name, mailing address, phone, etc.] after having filed an application must promptly go to CCSF’s employment website: www.jobaps.com/sf. Click on the “Update My Contact Info” button located on the top of the page. Log-in to your JobAps account by entering both your UserID & Password. Enter your new address/contact information. Click on the “Update Contact Information” button again [located at the very bottom of the page]. Failure to maintain current contact information may result in loss of eligibility. 

Applicants must be guided solely by the provisions of this announcement, including requirements, time periods and other particulars, except when superseded by federal, state or local laws, rules or regulations. Clerical errors may be corrected by posting the correction on the Department of Human Resources website at www.jobaps.com/sf.

Requests for an alternate test date may be considered in limited circumstances and must be submitted to the analyst listed in this announcement within five (5) calendar days of the announcement of the test date.

Important Employment Information for the City and County of San Francisco can be obtained at https://sfdhr.org/information-about-hiring-process or at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor.

Examination scores will be standardized as necessary.

Before appointment, selected eligible candidates must pass a thorough physical examination conducted by the Department Physician. This exam includes a urine test to screen for the presence of drugs or alcohol. Appointees must also pass an additional physical exam prior to the completion of their probationary periods. 

The City and County of San Francisco’s Substance Abuse Policy, in compliance with the Department of Transportation Omnibus Transportation Employee Testing Act of 1991 employing the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) regulations, requires drug and alcohol testing for employees in “safety-sensitive” positions. Some H030 Captain positions qualify as “safety-sensitive” as defined by the FMCSA and FTA regulations. The selected applicants for safety-sensitive positions will be required to pass a drug test prior to appointment and shall be subject to Random, Post-Accident, Reasonable Suspicion, Return-To-Duty, and Follow-Up Testing during employment. Prior to appointment to an FMCSA position, each applicant who has participated in a DOT drug and alcohol testing program within the immediately preceding two years will be required to sign a consent form authorizing the City to contact his/her prior employers concerning his/her drug and alcohol test history.

After appointment to a permanent position, the employee must serve a probationary period during which the employee must demonstrate the ability to perform the work assigned to the position.

Exam Type:  Promotive

Issued: June 1, 2020

Micki Callahan

Human Resources Director

Department of Human Resources

Recruitment ID Number:  CBT-H030-903753

DK 415-557-4882


All employees hired on or after January 10, 2009 will be required (pursuant to San Francisco Charter Section A8.432) to contribute 2% of pre-tax compensation to fund retiree healthcare. In addition, most employees are required to make a member contribution towards retirement, ranging from 7.5%-13.25% of compensation. For more information on these provisions, please contact the personnel office of the hiring agency.

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