Fire Captain

University Fire Department - Fairbanks, Alaska

Jan 8, 2022

Application Deadline:
Jan 30, 2022

Salary Information

Entry Level:
$$29.97 hourly

Job Description

The University of Alaska Fire Department is seeking an energetic, progressive, and highly motivated Fire Captain to join our team of career fire officers in mentoring student firefighters. Under the Fire Captains' tutelage, student employees provide fire and emergency medical services to 24,000 people, on and off-campus, answering 1,700 emergency calls per year. The Fire Captain fulfills a vital role in the safety, education, work experience, and on-the-job training of our student firefighters, in addition to day-to-day fire department activities and operations.

Additional Information


Ensures fire, EMS, rescue apparatus equipment, and personnel are ready for emergency responding. Abates identified problems and performs first echelon vehicle repairs when possible and/or coordinates with the on-duty battalion chief for specialized vendor assistance.

Instructs and provides training as outlined by the Department Training officer, in accordance with department SOP's, OSHA regulations, and NFPA standards in fire suppression, EMS, hazmat, fire prevention, physical fitness, extrication techniques, low angle, confined space rescue, water rescue, and ice rescue.

Must be able to serve as company officer on emergency scenes. Responsible for appropriately responding per department benchmarks; sizing up the situation; formulating an appropriate plan of action; communicating that plan, and directing the activities of personnel and resources.

Operates all department apparatus and equipment in emergency and non-emergency settings. Actively participates in emergency and non-emergency activities.

Leads and directs firefighters. Actively mentors and directs activities of student firefighters including apparatus checks, scheduling, job performance, training, and response to ensure excellence and fail-safe performance within the procedures and guidelines of the department. Works as a team member in conjunction with the other shift captains; provides career oversight, training, expertise, leadership, and mentoring to all student firefighters in a safe environment.

Serve as a lead medic in charge of patient care and assist with training of EMS personnel. Makes life-saving decisions per State of Alaska and Department protocols in performing life-saving measures.

The incumbent is the first level officer in the chain of command; duties include but are not limited to; daily contacts with the firefighters to ensure class schedules, station staffing, training goals, vehicle and station maintenance are accomplished. the incumbent will. in writing, advise the shift Battalion Chief of firefighters accomplishments, goals, and failures as requested.

Completes written shift logs, journals, maintenance files, emergency run reports, inspection reports, equipment testing results, assigned inventory lists as necessary.

In absence of the Battalion Chief may be assigned to fill in as required.

The incumbent will assist in areas of the department dealing with: vehicle and equipment maintenance, portable equipment, SCBA, fire hose, uniforms, personal protective equipment, ladders, small tools, fire prevention, pre-fire planning, and wildland firefighting at the Red Card level. May be utilized as a deployable team leader.



The University of Alaska Fire Department is unique in that other than the full-time staff, the firefighters are university students. Work involves potentially extreme work settings. There is a frequent need to stand, walk, sit, talk, or hear, use hands or fingers to handle or feel and perform other similar actions during the course of the workday. There is also the risk of exposure to blood-borne pathogens, chemicals, mechanical parts, and other hazards.

Physical fitness is a requirement for all firefighter personnel. 24-hour shifts and emergency call back as well as the nature of the duty environment require individuals who can work under hazardous conditions and extreme weather conditions for extended periods of time.

This is a full-time), non-exempt, Grade 79, minimum $29.97/hr (Step 15 per CBA), 12-month position complete with a competitive salary and UA employee benefits package. UA provides a generous compensation package that includes excellent benefits including retirement options, annual leave, 12 paid holidays per year, tuition waivers for employees and family members, and affordable medical, dental, and vision care coverage.

The work schedule will be a suppression schedule of approximately fifty-six (56) hours per week on alternating shifts (known as the 48/96 schedule).

Job Requirements

  • Age: N/A
  • Education: Associate degree in Fire Science, Municipal Fire Protection, or related field
  • Experience: years of full-time firefighting experience, including 2 years as a company officer (lieutenant or captain); 3 years emergency medical experience in Advanced Life Support treatment and transportation


  • Alaska Class D Driver's License;

  • FEMA ICS 100, 200, 700, 800;

  • State of Alaska IFSAC Firefighter I and II certification;

  • State of Alaska EMT-III or higher;

  • State of Alaska Division of Forestry Emergency Firefighter (EFF).


  • Principles, practices, and procedures of modern firefighting;

  • Principles, practices, and procedures of supervising a fire fighting company;

  • Incident command procedures and unit deployment;

  • Purpose, operation, and maintenance of firefighting vehicles, equipment, and apparatus;

  • Policies, rules, and standard operating procedures;

  • Fire prevention principles and practices;

  • Emergency medical triage, treatment, and transportation;

  • Principles and practices of safe motor vehicles operation and maintenance;

  • Building construction;

  • Problem solving and decision making;

  • Computer software including word processing, spreadsheet, and database applications;

  • Communication, interpersonal skills as applied to interaction with coworkers, supervisor, the general public, etc. sufficient to exchange or convey information and to receive work direction;

  • Basic mathematical and science skills;

  • Basic writing abilities to include patient encounter forms, incident reports, daily activity/shift reports, and other professional correspondence;

  • Ability to properly interact with others including coworkers, the public, federal and state agencies, and with supervisory and management staff;

  • Operation and care of fire apparatus and equipment.

Contact Information

David Mattox

University Fire Department
611 N Chandalar
Fairbanks, Alaska 99775
phone: 907-347-3758

How to Apply

Interested applicants must apply online at

If you need assistance applying to this posting, please contact UA Human Resources at (907) 450-8200.

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