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Fire Apparatus Engineer (1077)

Fire Apparatus Engineer

California State Personnel Board Specification

  • Schematic Code: BZ60
  • Class Code: 1077
  • Established: 12/04/1941
  • Revised: 09/25/1990
  • Title Changed: 12/03/1969


Under general supervision, to operate fire apparatus during wildland and structural fire-fighting operations; to lead an assigned crew in the performance of fire-fighting duties; to maintain and make minor repairs on vehicles, equipment, and the fire stations; to perform fire prevention tasks; may perform paramedic duties; and to do other related work.

Job Characteristics

Eligibles selected for positions in this classification are placed in an apprenticeship program. Permanent appointments are conditional upon successful completion of the training program.

Typical Tasks

Drives and operates a fire apparatus such as pumper, water tank, or rescue trucks in connection with extinguishing wildland, structural, and other fires, and in fire prevention and rescue work; leads a crew; performs paramedic duties; performs maintenance and simple repairs on equipment; makes reports on the operation of equipment; uses maps; operates two-way radio as necessary; may act as fire captain relief; assists in training crews to fight fire efficiently and safely; checks, cleans, and polishes trucks; does general station maintenance and repair work; especially during non-fire season; assists in building roads, trails, telephone lines, and minor structures; as a learner, may operate other heavy equipment when required; makes fire law inspections; investigates fire causes; prepares and presents fire prevention programs to the public; keeps records and prepares reports.

Minimum Qualifications

Possession of a valid driver license of the appropriate class issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles. Applicants who do not possess the license will be admitted to the examination but must secure the license prior to appointment. and


Experience: Either I Eight months of fire-fighting experience.



Enrollment in the California Fire Fighter Joint Apprenticeship Committee Preapprenticeship Outreach Program. and


Three months' fire-fighting experience until December 31, 1983; six months' fire-fighting experience until December 31, 1984; or eight months' fire-fighting experience thereafter.



Two years of experience as a certified volunteer firefighter. (Candidates who are within two months of satisfying the experience requirement under Pattern I above for this class will be admitted to the examination, but they must fully meet the experience requirement before being eligible for appointment.)



Two years of experience as a Fire Prevention Specialist II and successful completion of the mandatory training courses prescribed for a Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Fire Fighter I.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: Fire fighting methods and equipment and operation of fire apparatus; repair and upkeep of fire apparatus and auxiliary equipment; California Vehicle Code as it applies to the operation of trucks and emergency vehicles on the highways.


Ability to: Read and write English at a level required for successful job performance; learn to drive a fire truck safely on mountain roads, narrow streets, highways, and freeways and operate other equipment as required; learn and apply to specific situations, rules, regulations, and departmental procedures; lead a fire- fighting crew; follow written and oral instructions; analyze situations accurately and take effective action; maintain cooperative relationships with other organizations and agencies, and individuals in a work situation; write legibly; exercise good judgment in hazardous fire suppression activity.

Special Personal Characteristics

Willingness to live and work in remote areas and on weekends and holidays, to remain on duty 24 hours a day, as required; distant visual acuity (Snellen) of not less than 20/100 without corrective lenses in each eye, separately corrected to not less than 20/40 in one eye with corrective lenses; distant binocular acuity (Snellen) of at least 20/40 in both eyes with or without corrective lenses; color vision adequate to successfully perform the job as measured by the Ishihara Pseudo-Chromatic Plate Test or for persons failing the Ishihara, the Farnsworth D-15 Arrangement Test; hearing adequacy within speech frequencies (uncorrected); full use of both hands and both feet; physical strength and agility; weight in proportion to height; no more than a mild reaction to poison oak.

Additional Desirable Qualification

Education equivalent to completion of the twelfth grade.

  Updated: 6/3/2012
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