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City of Reno, NV Fire Equipment Operator in Reno, Nevada

Fire Equipment Operator


Class Title

Fire Equipment Operator

Class Code



$81,886.31 Annually

  • Definition

  • Benefits

Classification Description Summary

This classification is a promotional classification for City of Reno line Fire Fighters only. Only City of Reno line Fire Fighters will be permitted in application phase of this promotional recruitment opportunity.

Class specifications are intended to present a descriptive list of the range of duties performed by employees in the class. Specifications are not intended to reflect all duties performed within the job.

Operate all fire apparatus and equipment; respond to fires, medical emergencies and other emergency and non-emergency situations and take appropriate action; perform various staff support assignments in addition to normal emergency response activities.


Under general supervision, this journey level class performs firefighting duties involving operation of fires and responds to emergency and non-emergency incidents, and is responsible for the safe operation, maintenance and driving of fire apparatus in response to fire and other incidents. The Equipment Operator is responsible for delivering effective fire streams through accurate hydraulic calculations and the transition between single and multiple hose lines on the fire ground.

Essential Functions

The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.

Drive emergency apparatus and other emergency vehicles used in the transport of equipment and personnel in response to fire, rescue, emergency medical, hazardous material and other public service alarms.

Respond to fires and other emergency or public assistance incidents in a timely, safe and skilled manner and participate in the control through hose laying, ladder operation, ventilation, extinguishment, extrication, salvage and other activities as part of a team effort.

Operate pumps and other fire apparatus ensuring that water flows in sufficient quantity and pressure for application at the scene of fires and hazardous material incidents.

Ensure apparatus and assigned equipment is response ready.

Inspect, clean, and maintain firefighting equipment and apparatus and is responsible for hose and other equipment being replaced on fire apparatus after being cleaned.

Report malfunctioning of apparatus and other equipment to a maintenance mechanic and supervisor.

Maintain inventory and maintenance records of apparatus and equipment and conduct regular inspections to ensure the availability of adequate supplies and proper condition of fire suppression and emergency medical items; test and maintain firefighting and emergency medical equipment, preserving proper condition and suitability for service.

Prepare and maintain records, maps, files and reports.

Administer basic and/or intermediate life support and first aid as needed; rescue those in need of aid.

Ensure that assigned personnel perform duties and responsibilities in a safe and prudent manner which does not expose them or others to unnecessary harm or risk of on-the-job injury. Supervise activities at the scene of an emergency in the absence of a supervisor.

Assist with maintaining the fire station in a clean and orderly condition.

Inspects buildings, checks fire escapes, exists, electric wiring and connections, and other possible fire hazards to determine compliance with pre prevention codes and ordinances.

Perform related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

The following generally describes the knowledge and ability required to enter the job and/or be learned within a short period of time in order to successfully perform the assigned duties.

Knowledge of:

Principles, practices, techniques and apparatus required for fire prevention and suppression.

Principles and techniques of fire apparatus hydraulics.

Principles and techniques of providing emergency medical care.

Operation and maintenance practices for a variety of fire apparatus and equipment;

Fire department standard operating procedures and rules and regulations.

Applicable local, state and federal laws, codes, ordinances and regulations.

Municipal/private water systems, sprinkler and standpipe systems.

Geography of City and location of various fire suppression utilities.

Basic mathematics and basic computer applications related to the work.

Ability to:

Apply fire service technologies, principles, practices, methods, techniques and equipment during emergency fire equipment operations.

Analyze, troubleshoot, and initiate a solution for water supply systems.

Operate motor vehicles safely.

Function safely and effectively, with or without supervision.

Drive, operate and maintain all fire apparatus in a safe and efficient manner.

Remain calm, make sound decisions and give accurate and concise reports in emergency situations.

Communicate clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing.

Understand and follow oral and written instructions.

Work in a team based environment to achieve common goals.

Coordinate multiple projects and complex tasks simultaneously.

Meet the physical requirements to safely and effectively perform the assigned duties.

Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Education and Experience Guidelines - Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:


High school diploma or GED certificate.


Five cumulative years of experience as a line Fire Fighter employed by the City of Reno.

License or Certificate:

Minimally, possession of a valid Nevada Non-Commercial Class B Driver's License with an "F" endorsement - or an equivalent out-of-state driver's license.

Supplemental Information


The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

Environment and Physical: Must be in physical condition to perform fire suppression, emergency medical and prevention duties. Must be able to operate emergency vehicles, apparatus and equipment. Must have verbal communication and reading ability, visual acuity and hearing to perform field duties and ability to work for extended periods in an office or extremes of outdoor environments. Must have ability to perform sustained and vigorous activities in a variety of environmental conditions and tolerate exposure to heat, fumes, smoke, pressurized water and chemicals. Positions are required to work varied shifts including nights, weekends and holidays.

Other Requirements



Updated 9/24/2018


No state income tax.

Nevada PERS retirement plan. Vesting in 5 years.

No Social Security participation, but Medicare deduction required (1.45%).

City paid medical, dental and vision and life insurance coverage for employee. City pays a substantial amount for dependent coverage.

Thirteen paid holidays.

Vacation and sick leave plans.

Deferred compensation plans available.

Credit union available.


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