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Fire Engineer


Under general supervision, to operate and maintain fire and emergency equipment, to drive fire emergency equipment; to engage in firefighting and rescue activities in protecting life and property; to set up hoses, ladders, and other equipment in fighting fires; may be in charge of a Station in the absence of a Fire Captain. This classification is assigned to the Firefighter bargaining unit for labor relations purposes and is subject to overtime and call-back assignments.


The Fire Engineer performs all firefighting duties at the fire station under the direction of a superior officer, and is distinguished from the Firefighter in that the Fire Engineer performs advanced journey-level duties requiring independent thought and responsibility, and the Firefighter does not serve in a lead worker or supervisory capacity as required in the absence of the Fire Captain.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS - Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Responds to fire alarms with assigned company; lays and connects hose; maintains pumping apparatus; holds nozzles and directs water streams; raises and climbs ladders.
  • Drives and operates fire apparatus including pumpers and aerials and performs minor maintenance and repairs on equipment.
  • Selects the most direct route to fires and other emergencies.
  • Operates all types of portable fire extinguishers, pike poles, hand lines, smoke ejectors, salvage covers, forcible entry tools, aerial ladder equipment, emergency medical equipment and other rescue equipment.
  • Locates fire apparatus in the proper place at fires for most efficient operation.
  • Provides basic life support at emergency medical incidents, apply techniques to control bleeding, administers first aid, C.P.R. and defibrillator, assists paramedics at medical emergencies.
  • Responds to hazardous materials incidents.
  • Participates in fire inspection activities and other fire prevention and public education activities as assigned.
  • Participates in fire drills; attends training sessions which include fire fighting techniques, emergency medical care and the proper use of all equipment and related tools.
  • Cleans apparatus and equipment and performs general custodial duties as required.
  • Issues bicycle licenses.
  • Performs related duties as assigned.


Knowledge of:

  • Emergency medical skills and techniques, including first aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation.
  • Hydraulics relating to engine and nozzle pressure and the operation of pumping equipment.

Ability to:

  • Learn, understand and act in accordance with departmental policies, rules and instructions in the field of fire fighting.
  • Learn to apply fire fighting and medical techniques and procedures.
  • Demonstrate physical aptitude (Strength, stamina and endurance).
  • Demonstrate mechanical aptitude as required in the operation of fire fighting equipment.
  • Learn the layout of the City’s water main system and street numbering system.
  • Operate fire apparatus in a safe and effective manner.
  • Retain presence of mind in emergency situations.
  • Think and act quickly and effectively in emergencies.
  • Understand and follow oral and written directions promptly and accurately.
  • Perform heavy lifting and physical maneuvering.
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Perform office work as assigned.



Three years of experience comparable to that of a full time permanent Firefighter in the City of Turlock.


Equivalent to graduation from high school. College level courses encouraged.


Possession of a Class B California Driver’s License, to be maintained as a condition of employment.

Possession of an Emergency Medical Technician Certificate, to be maintained as a condition of employment.

Possession of a Firefighter I Certification issued by the California State Fire Marshal.

Possession of CFSTES Driver/Pump Operator Certificate (Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator 1A and 1B).

Successful completion of the Turlock Fire and Emergency Services “Engineers Task Book”. (The Engineers Task Book may need to be updated periodically by the Training Division Chief, as approved by the Fire Chief.); or successful completion of an approved Turlock Fire engineer academy which much include a passing score on a competency/promotional exam.


Incumbents must possess at the time of appointment to this position and maintain the physical ability and stamina to meet fire and safety protection line duties including: Vision corrected sufficiently to drive City vehicles and apparatus and meet medical standards established by the Department of Motor Vehicles to maintain a Class B Driver’s License, read blueprints, fine print and MDT’s; hear well enough to identify mechanical noises, converse on the radio, telephone, and in person over incident noise; bodily mobility to crawl in attics, maintain balance on narrow platforms, to climb ladders, make rapid transitions from rest to near maximal exertion without warm-up periods; use of hands and fingers to write, drive vehicles and administer medical treatment; must be able to lift equipment and people as necessary; free from any physical, emotional or mental condition that might adversely affect the ability to exercise the duties of the position; tolerate extreme fluctuations in temperature while performing essential functions, must perform physically demanding work in hot (up to 400 F), and humid (up to 100% humidity) atmospheres while wearing firefighting equipment which significantly impairs body cooling mechanisms.

        For questions about City employment, please contact:

        Human Resources
        156 S. Broadway, Ste. 235
        Turlock, CA 95380-5454
        (209) 668-5150
        Monday - Friday, 9AM - 4PM

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