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Fire Fighter II (1082)

Fire Fighter II

California State Personnel Board Specification

  • Schematic Code: BZ70
  • Class Code: 1082
  • Established: 12/19/1963
  • Revised: 04/20/1993
  • Title Changed: 10/01/1983


Under supervision, as a member of a fire apparatus crew, to perform the full range of fire-fighting duties in suppression of vehicle, building, improvement and vegetation fires; to assist in building, grounds, and equipment mainte- nance and repair; 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

Responds to alarms as a member of a fire crew on such fire apparatus as pumper or water tank trucks; connects, lays, and operates hose lines; enters burning areas and structures with charged hose lines; operates and climbs ladders; makes forcible entry into buildings; ventilates buildings; uses hand tools and fire equipment to contain and suppress fire; assists in rescue and salvage operations as a crew member of a rescue truck; assists in making fire preven- tion inspections; assists in building, grounds, and equipment maintenance and repair; inspects, cleans and repairs fire hose and equipment, sharpens fire tools, paints equipment and buildings and performs minor construction work; performs general housekeeping duties; under close supervision, may operate motor vehicles on station premises and elsewhere in nonemergency situations for training purposes; may assist in the training of seasonal and volunteer fire fighters.

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum age of 18 years at the time of appointment. (Candidates who are within two months of satisfying the age requirement will be admitted to the examination.) and



Either I


Three months of fire-fighting experience.



One year of experience as a certified volunteer fire fighter.



Completion of training courses, prerequisite for Fire Fighter I Certification.



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

Knowledge and Abilities

Ability to: Read and write English at a level required for successful job performance; learn to operate fire apparatus and special fire-suppression equipment efficiently and safely; learn forest and fire laws; do heavy physical work; follow directions; write legibly; exercise good judgment in hazardous fire-suppression activity; analyze situations accurately and take effective action; live in a fire station compatibly with others; maintain cooperative relationships with other organizations and agencies.

Special Personal Characteristics

Willingness to work on weekends and holidays and remain on duty 24 hours a day, as required; visual acuity, color vision and hearing adequate to successfully perform the job; physical strength, dexterity and agility necessary to perform the duties of the position.

Additional Desirable Qualifications

Education equivalent to completion of the 12th grade.


Possession of a valid California driver license of the appropriate class issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles.

  Updated: 6/3/2012
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