Position Detail:

Wrightsville Beach Fire Department
PO Box 251
Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480

New Hanover County

910-256-7924 - fax

Hiring Information:

Position: Fire Captain
Last Filing Date:  December 13, 2022

Special Instructions:  



The Wrightsville Beach Fire Department is presently hiring for the position of Fire Captain. This position will review applications upon receiving them and notify you of eligibility upon receipt. We will have the assessment center on 7/26/2022, beginning at 0800 hours. This position will be on a rotating 24-hour shift and be a mid-level shift supervisor. Pay Grade 19 ($47,765 - $74,227) with a potential hiring range of $52,000-$60,000, not including approximately $4,000 of built-in overtime due to shift schedule. The potential hiring range will be dependent upon qualifications and experience relevant to the position.

Hiring process will consist of the following:

Agility Test
Job Knowledge Test
Human Resources Role Play Scenario
Fire Scene Scenario
Panel Interview
Please read the job description for position specific requirements.

Please submit a Town of Wrightsville Beach Employment Application, Resume, and Cover Letter to Cindy McGrady at cmcgrady@towb.org at your earliest convenience.

Out of state applicants must have NC Certifications to be eligible for employment at the time of start date.

General Statement of Duties

Fire Captains are responsible for the safety and wellbeing of all members. Fire Captains in the Suppression Division are responsible for managing the daily operation and maintenance of a fire station and the personnel, apparatus, and equipment assigned to that station. A Fire Captain serves in the absence of the Fire Chief, as well as supervising a crew of Firefighters, an Engineer, and a Fire Lieutenant. Fire Captains supervise the crew and station apparatus dispatched to emergency scenes, including fires, medical calls, beach rescue, auto accidents, hazardous materials incidents, etc. Fire Captains also supervise the personnel responsible for Emergency Pre-plan and Fire Safety Inspections. Lieutenants may serve in the capacity of incident commander at emergency incidents, until relieved by an appropriate officer.

Fire Captains are directly responsible to the Fire Chief of the Fire Department. Fire Captains receive general direction and guidance in the performance of their duties from the Fire Chief. Fire Captains consult with the Fire Chief regarding day-to-day operations, emergency operations, and unusual events regarding personnel, apparatus, equipment, etc.

Performs responsible fire suppression, fire prevention and emergency medical activities including responding to emergency medical calls, operating fire apparatus, and participating in firefighting, training and civil preparedness activities.

Distinguishing Features of the Class

An employee in this class participates in the 24-hour operations of fire suppression and emergency response operations of the Fire Department and is subject to call-back response. The employee drives and operates fire apparatus, and participates in firefighting, equipment and facilities maintenance, fire prevention and inspections, civil preparedness activities, and training of on-call staff and interns. The employee also participates in emergency medical response as an EMT. Work requires that the employee stay abreast of state-of-the-art fire suppression, rescue, and emergency medical procedures, techniques, and equipment and requires the employee to incorporate the necessary changes into in-service training. Ability to make effective decisions under pressure is required in all aspects of work.

The employee is subject to the hazards associated with firefighting and emergency medical including working in inside and outside environments, in extreme hot and cold temperatures and bad weather, loud noise, vibration, moving parts, high heat, chemicals, fumes, odors, dusts, gases, poor ventilation, oils, wearing respirators, and working in close quarters. The employee is also subject to OSHA standards on blood borne pathogens. Work is performed under regular supervision of the Captain and is evaluated through observation, conferences, and written reports concerning the quality and effectiveness of work completed.

Essential Duties and Tasks

Drives apparatus to incident scene; properly places apparatus to establish water supply; insures proper operation and pressure of hoses; returns fire apparatus and related equipment to service after incident response.

Responds to emergency medical calls; performs CPR and administers first aid and other medical response as needed.

Responds to major alarms and participates in firefighting operations including operation of fire apparatus and other equipment as required; responds and participates in remediation activities of chemical spills, hazardous materials, and other related incidents.

Inspects station, and equipment for proper appearance and condition; performs maintenance and cleaning of fire apparatus, equipment, station building, hydrants, pumpers, hoses, and related facilities.

Participates in public fire programs; participates in fire prevention programming and fire inspections activities; conducts pre-fire plans.

Prepares and delivers classes for departmental interns and on-call staff; maintains records of training activities; attends classes to maintain certifications.

Participates in civil preparedness activities including pre-incident planning, response during emergencies such as evacuations, staffing emergency operations center, and assisting in clean-up and other post-incident activities.

Assists in departmental administration activities such as maintaining files and logs through paper or computer records, maintaining schedules, drafting revisions to SOP?s and maintaining time records.

Participates in special projects as required; utilizes specialized knowledge in areas such as reports, equipment, computers, maintenance and communications issues; serves on town committees.

Performs related duties as required.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Considerable knowledge of conducting size up and modern methods of attacking fire emergencies and of the use and maintenance of firefighting apparatus and equipment.

Considerable knowledge of medical response protocols and procedures as an EMT.

Considerable knowledge of beach rescue response and coordination.

Considerable knowledge of departmental rules and regulations.

Thorough knowledge of Town streets and layout and hydrant locations.

Working knowledge of fire prevention and fire education programming.

Skill in the operation of fire apparatus including driving skills and operation of pumps.

Ability to train other firefighters in firefighting skills and operations.

Ability to maintain effective working relationships with employees and members of the public.

Ability to make sound judgments in emergency situations.

Ability to maintain physical fitness standards as required to perform assigned work.

Physical Requirements

Must be able to physically perform the basic life functions of climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, reaching, pushing, pulling, lifting, grasping, feeling, talking, and hearing.

Must be able to perform heavy work exerting up to 100 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 50 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects.

Must possess visual acuity to size up the color, volume, and extent of fire involvement at fire scenes, to operate heavy fire apparatus in emergency situations, and to prepare records and reports.

Desirable Education and Experience

Graduation from high school supplemented by completion of courses and seminars in fire suppression and emergency medical service; and some experience in a fire service including experience in the operation of apparatus, or an equivalent combination of experience and education.

Special Requirements:

Possession of a valid class B North Carolina driver`s license.

Certification as NC Firefighter I & II

Certification as a NC EMT

Preferred Qualifications:

NC Fire Officer I (Ability to obtain within 12 months)

NC Fire Officer II (Ability to obtain within 36 months)

NC Fire Instructor I (Ability to obtain within 12 months)

NC Driver Operator Pumps / Aerials / EVD (Ability to obtain within 12 months)

Associates Degree in related field

The Town of Wrightsville Beach is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Starting Salary:  $52,000-$60,000
Top Salary:   N/A
Contact:   Town of Wrightsville Beach, Human Resources
Attn: Cindy McGrady
321 Causeway Drive
Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480

Additional Department Details:

Annual Budget: N/A
Population Served: N/A
Number of Firefighters: N/A

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