Fire Prevention Captain

September 17, 2023
Reno, NV
Job Type



**Promotional Opportunity**
**This is an internal recruitment only for current qualified classified City of Reno Fire Department employees to grow their careers in the Fire Prevention field**

The successful candidate in this position will supervise and participate in the investigation, inspection, training and education duties of the Fire Prevention Bureau. They will also enforce fire prevention and protection codes and regulations and perform related work as required.

This recruitment will establish a list for future vacancies, which will be filled as they occur.

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

  • Directs and coordinates the activities of assigned personnel in the Fire Prevention Bureau; plans, schedules and assigns work; reviews and evaluates the performance of subordinate personnel; and recommends personnel actions.
  • Recommends changes/additions to and assists in implementing bureau policies and procedures.
  • Assists and advises in the formulation of bureau, in-house and public training programs, and implements, directs and periodically reviews and assesses the operation of on-going training programs.
  • Conducts inspections and supervises other fire personnel in the inspection of industrial, commercial, institutional and residential establishments.
  • Issues citations to compel legal compliance.
  • Oversees investigations into the causes of fires to insure that procedures are thorough and complete; investigates suspected cases of arson.
  • May make or assist in making arrests and takes charge of evidence; assists in the prosecution of arson cases.
  • May investigate more difficult complaints regarding fire hazards.
  • Inspects, evaluates and makes recommendations on condemnation proceedings.
  • Enforces federal, state, and local code provisions concerning hazardous substances, transportation and storage; insures compliance with codes with regard to abandons structures; and reviews building plans and guarantees conformance of plans and specifications with fire codes and regulations.
  • Delivers technical lectures, demonstrations and talks on fire safety, prevention and protection; administers fire drills in schools, hospitals and other public buildings.
  • Maintains records and prepares reports.

Minimum Qualifications
The following minimum qualifications must be met by the applicant at the time of application.


  • Formal education from an accredited college or university in building construction and fire prevention, fire loss estimation, hazardous materials, fire protection equipment and systems, related codes and ordinances, blueprint reading, and principles of personnel management totaling 24 semesters credits or 40 quarter credits.

Work Experience:

  • Five years of progressively responsible experience at the Fire Inspector level, performing duties associated with inspection, or investigation, education and training.


  • Six years of Fire Prevention experience may be substituted for the educational requirement.

Licenses and Certificates:

  • Possession and maintenance of a valid Nevada driver's license
  • Fire Inspector I & II Certification
  • Fire Plans Examiner Certification
  • Satisfactory completion, with current certification, in a recognized first aid course as prescribed by the City of Reno Fire Department policy.

Conditions of Employment:
International Code Council (ICC) Fire Inspector I & II Certification and ICC Fire Plans Examiner Certification required within one year of appointment.

To maintain his/her position the Fire Captain must acquire the Certified Fire Investigator I & II from Nevada State Fire Marshal's Office within two (2) years of appointment or the Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator through the National Association of Fire Investigators within three (3) years of appointment or the Certified Fire Investigator through the International Association of Arson Investigators within six (6) years of appointment.

The Civil Service Commission may grant a one time, one year extension for good cause shown.
Supplemental Information
To Apply:
Submit your completed application and all additional information/documentation requested online at by October 1, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. PT. 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 5th floor Civil Service Offices, any locations of Nevada Job Connect or 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.

Examination Process:
Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications and pass the examination for this position to be eligible for hire. The examination will consist of online assessments which include a written skills test and an Emotional Intelligence Assessment; along with a Training and Experience evaluation (T&E) weighted as follows.

Written skills test = 60%
Training & Experience Evaluation (T&E) = 40%
Emotional Intelligence Assessment = Informational purposes only

Online Assessment Details:
Qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the online assessments once the recruitment has closed. These tests will be self-administered with no proctor, which means candidates will be able to complete them online at their convenience during the designated testing window.

The instructions and guidelines will be emailed to qualified applicants after the recruitment closes on October 1, 2023. Please make sure to check for emails around this time, including your spam folder so that you do not miss the testing opportunity. All assessments must be completed within the designated testing window to move forward in the hiring process.

Written Test Details:
Subjects that may be included in the written test:
Interpersonal Skills

T&E Evaluation Details:
The T&E examination consists of a Supplemental Questionnaire. The questions may be viewed online under the tab marked "QUESTIONS" on the job announcement page. The T&E must be submitted online at the time of application.

  • Responses to your T&E questions should be consistent with the information given in your application details. Answers are subject to verification.
  • Failure to complete all of the questions or incomplete responses will result in a lower score; therefore, it is advantageous for you to provide a full and complete response to each supplemental question.
  • Resumes or questionnaires uploaded as attachments to the application will not be accepted in lieu of completing each question online.
  • "See Resume" or "See above," etc., are not qualifying responses and will not be considered.
  • Changes or corrections to your responses cannot be made once your application packet has been submitted.
  • TIP: It may be more efficient to develop your responses in a word processing document and then paste them into the online questionnaire to be submitted.

Applicants are notified by email of their examination results. Applicants who do not meet the minimum qualifications will also be notified.

Testing Accommodation:
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.

Appointment and Certification:
Appointments to positions in the City's Civil Service system are made on the basis of examination. Scores resulting from a competitive examination are used in determining a person's rank on an eligible register. The department may hire any of the persons referred. The names of those persons not hired may be considered when the next vacancy occurs, for as long as that register is viable.

Employee/Veteran Preference (In the event of Tie Scores):
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 (1) of the eligibles has submitted proof of honorable discharge from the military service. This preference will only be administered in the event of tie scores. Documentation must be submitted at the time of application.

Seniority Points:
Employees of the City of Reno shall receive seniority credit computed by adding to a passing score as follows:

The final ranking will include the applicable seniority points added to the overall grade of the examination process. For each full year of continuous service completed, 0.2 points will be added up to a maximum of ten (10) years... 2 points will be the maximum.

Rule VIII - Promotion, Section 9. Seniority Credit.

Appointment and Certification:
Appointments to positions in the City's Civil Service system are made on the basis of examination. Scores resulting from a competitive examination are used in determining a person's rank on an eligible register. The department may hire any of the persons referred. The names of those persons not hired may be considered when the next vacancy occurs, for as long as that register is viable.

Health & Safety Statement:
The health and well-being of our employees, our families, and the community we serve is of utmost importance to the City. Please be aware that many roles at the City of Reno include interacting with members of the public, including close contact with vulnerable individuals. The City of Reno has implemented numerous strategies to minimize the spread of COVID-19, and other contagious diseases. Vaccination is recognized as an effective method for reducing the likelihood of infection, and limiting the severity of disease. While we have lifted the vaccination requirement for new employees, the City of Reno encourages all new hires to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, which includes boosters recommended by the CDC.

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

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: 10/1/2023 11:59 PM Pacific

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