Fire Captain – Promotion

September 10, 2023
Reno, NV
Job Type



**Promotional Opportunity**
**This is an internal recruitment only for current qualified classified City of Reno Employees**

Under general supervision, has command of a firefighting company, its equipment and station; may be assigned administrative, training or professional duties; participates in fire prevention and suppression activities; and performs related work as required.

The City of Reno is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to everyone. This commitment is an integral part of our efforts to ensure that we have a diverse and representative workforce that serves the community of Reno.

Examples of Essential Functions

  • Respond to all alarms in an assigned district and other districts as directed.
  • Supervise and participate in the laying of hose, placing of ladders, controlling the pressure and direction of water streams, rescue and salvage operations.
  • Direct the routing and placement of apparatus at emergency scenes.
  • Supervise maintenance of station and equipment.
  • Prepare budget information at the company/station level.
  • Enforce policy and procedure at the company level.
  • Draft changes in policy and procedure.
  • Maintain records and submits detailed reports to superiors.

Minimum Qualifications
Minimum qualifications must be met by the applicant by the date of examination(October 11, 2023).


  • Seven years of suppression line experience as a Firefighter with RFD/TMFPD as of October 11, 2023 and have successfully completed the promotional examination (obtaining a ranking on an eligible list) for Fire Equipment Operator on one of the last two most recent Fire Equipment Operator's examination, which includes the 2022 and 2023 examination processes.


  • A combination of seven years of suppression line experience as a Firefighter and Fire Equipment Operator with RFD/TMFPD as of October 11, 2023.


  • Completion of a high school diploma or the equivalent.

Licenses & Certifications:

  • 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.
  • Minimally, EMT certification

Supplemental Information
You must submit your completed application online at by September 25, 2023 at 5:00 p.m. Applications received after this deadline will be considered late and will not be accepted. If a computer or mobile device is not available to you, suggested locations to complete an online application submittal include: the City of Reno City Hall 2nd floor computer kiosk or the 5th floor Civil Service Offices, or any locations of Nevada Job Connect and any local library or educational facility.

*If you are having difficulty logging into your profile, please call the applicant support line at 855-524-5627. If you continue to experience difficulties submitting your application, you must contact Civil Service at 775 334-2223 prior to the above deadline (leave a message if after hours) to report the problem.

Applicants must complete their application in a professional manner. Complete applications are required to show a clear and progressive work history with correct employment dates and a brief description of the tasks performed. Incomplete applications will be rejected and you may not be considered further in this promotional process.

Examination dates are for planning purposes and may change at the discretion of Civil Service or Reno Fire Department. This promotional testing process will require candidates to appear in person to participate.

Written Test:

Written Test = October 11, 2023
Weight = 40% of final grade

Note: Up to a cumulative total of the 12 highest scoring candidates resulting from and passing the written examination will progress to the assessment center exercises. Tied scores resulting in more than one candidate ranking in the 12th position will be re-ranked according to department seniority.

Assessment Center:
Assessment Center Exercises = November 7-9, 2023
Weight = 60% of final grade

Candidates must obtain a passing assessment center score in order to receive a passing final grade for the entire examination process and be placed on the eligible list.

Qualified applicants will be notified by email of the exact date, time, and location of the examination. Applicants are notified by email of their examination results. Applicants who do not meet the minimum qualifications will also be notified.

If you wish to identify yourself as an individual with a disability and will be requesting an accommodation, that request must be made to the Chief Examiner no later than the closing date of this announcement.

Applicants are responsible for keeping the Reno Civil Service Commission informed of all contact phone, email and mailing changes. Rule XV, Section 2.

On promotional examinations, in the event of tie scores resulting from final rating, including seniority points, an employee will be awarded veteran's preference and provided a rank preference if one of the eligibles has submitted proof of honorable discharge from the military service. In the case where two (2) or more of the eligibles who have received the same score and have been awarded veteran's preference, the ranking shall be determined by a random assignment by computer. A candidate who desires to claim veteran's preference must, at the time of application, submit documentation of honorable discharge from the United States Armed Forces. This preference will only be administered in the event of tie scores. Documentation must be submitted at the time of application.

Reno Fire Department uniformed employees shall receive seniority credit computed by adding to a passing score as follows:

For each full year of continuous (cumulative if separation was for layoff) service completed after current minimum qualifications eligibility, up to a maximum of fifteen years ............0.2 points per year.

Note: Fire Captain - Suppression seniority point calculation begins at the seventh year when eligibility for meeting the seven year minimum qualification and the Fire Equipment Operator requirement has been achieved. (Seniority points are not calculated from the year of hire and are only calculated for an entire year of employment, not portions or fractions of a year.)

Appointments to positions in the City's Civil Service system are made from a certified referral list from the eligible register submitted to the hiring authority for interview and selection. Candidates who achieve a passing score shall be placed on the eligible register in rank order. The current certification rule in effect at the time a request is received by the Civil Service Commission will be used to refer names. The department may hire any of the persons referred. The names of those persons not hired who remain on the eligibility register may be considered when the next vacancy occurs, for as long as that register is viable.

Certification from a promotional list is as follows: if the list contains more than fifteen (15) names, the eleven highest scoring available eligibles; if the list contains fifteen names or less, the ten highest scoring eligible; if the list contains fewer than ten eligibles, all eligible names shall be submitted. If there is more than one (1) vacancy, one (1) additional name shall be submitted for each vacancy.

As the final step in the selection process, newly promoted employees serve a one year probationary period to show their ability to perform the work.

Questions about the information on this announcement and updates to application information should be directed to or at (775) 334-2223.

1. Fire Officer's Handbook of Tactics, 5th Edition, by John Norman
2. Building Construction for the Fire Service, 5th Edition, by Francis L. Branigan
3. Firefighter's Handbook of Wildland Firefighting; Strategy and Tactics, 3rd Edition,
by William C. Teie
4. Truck Company Operations, 2nd Edition, by John Mittendorf
5. Firefighters and Highrises, 2nd Edition, by Matt Stuckey
6. Five Alarm Leadership, From the Firehouse to the Fireground, by Rick Lasky and John Salka
7. 2021 Captains Exam Study Materials binder from the Reno Fire Department (see below):

General Orders:
102.08.05 Substance Abuse Policy
102.08.05A Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy and Procedures

RFD Policies and Procedures:
100.01 Uniforms
100.02 Grooming
100.04 Inspection, Cleaning, and Repair of Personal Protective Equipment
101.01 General Rules of Conduct
101.06 Media Relations and Public Information
101.08 Sick Leave Usage Management
101.09 Sexual Harassment
101.10 Employee Performance Management
101.11 Performance Appraisals
101.12 Performance Appraisals for Probationary Firefighters
101.15 Workplace Violence
101.16 Critical Incident Stress Management
101.17 On Duty Injury, Illness or Exposure Reporting
102.02 Fire Investigator Call Out Policy
102.03 Youth Fire Setter
103.03 High-Visibility Vests
103.24 Vehicle Maneuvering in Limited View Situations
103.28 Operating Guidelines for the Train Trench
103.31 Strike Team/Single Resource Equipment Policy
103.33 Emergency Vehicle Response
103.37 Rapid Intervention Teams RIT
103.39 Surface Water Rescue
103.40 Swift Water Rescue
103.41 Ice Rescue
103.42 Elevator Rescue
103.45 Electronic Station Log Procedure
103.46 Mobile Data Computer (MDC) Usage

The City of Reno is an equal opportunity employer. Recruitment, hiring, assignment, training, compensation, promotion, retention, and disciplinary decisions will be made without regard to race, color, religion, creed, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, political affiliation, membership in an employee association, or any other protected class status applicable under federal or state law or City Charter.

Please use this Health and Welfare Benefit Link to learn more about the City of Reno's great employee benefit plans and wellness programs.

Closing Date/Time: 9/25/2023 5:00 PM Pacific

Drop files here browse files ...

Related Jobs

Airport Plumber   Las Vegas, NV new
September 28, 2023
Firefighter/Paramedic   Henderson, NV new
September 28, 2023
Engineering Associate   North Las Vegas, NV new
September 28, 2023
Parks Maintenance Worker II   Reno, NV new
September 24, 2023
Community Services Officer   Reno, NV new
September 24, 2023