Fire Battalion Chief, Sacramento County Airport Fire

County of Sacramento
Full Time, Permanent 24 per week $122,461 - $135,010 Per year CA 6900 Airport Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95837, United States Apply before 7/15/2024 5:00


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This is a continuous filing exam. Next filing cut-offs are at 5:00 pm on: 

6/24/24, 7/15/24 (final)
$58.65 - $64.66/hour*
$10,205.10 - $11,250.84/month
*The salary range listed is based on a standard biweekly 80-hour work week.

24-Hour Salary:
$41.90 - $46.19/hour**
$10,206.83 - $11,251.92/month

**The salary range listed is based on a Special 24-hour biweekly 112-hour work week. 

Under direction, the Fire Battalion Chief, Sacramento County Airport Fire, supervises, assigns, reviews, and participates in the work of staff responsible for controlling and extinguishing fires; rescuing persons endangered by aircraft crash and fire or structural fires; preventing fire by reducing or eliminating potential fire hazards; responding to and providing assistance for medical aid calls, vehicle accidents, and Hazmat incidents. While either providing supervision to multiple crews, or acting as the Fire Marshall, incumbents ensure work quality and adherence to established policies and procedures, and performs the more technical and complex tasks relative to the assigned area of responsibility. 

Examples of Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of supervision, discipline, leadership, mentoring, and training 
  • Team dynamics and team building 
  • Applicable federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations 
  • Operational characteristics, services, and activities of assigned programs and functions 
  • Office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and applicable software applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and other specialized applications related to area of assignment 
  • English usage, spelling, grammar, and punctuation 
  • Federal Aviation Administration rules and regulations pertaining to airport operations 
  • Principles, practices, and procedures of aircraft rescue and firefighting operations
  • Principles of structural, wildland and aircraft firefighting 
  • Principles, practices, and procedures of fire prevention and fire investigation 
  • Training standards necessary to comply with all federal, state, and local aircraft rescue and firefighting requirements 
  • Operation of an airport aircraft rescue and firefighting training program 
  • Operation and maintenance of SCAF equipment 
  • Concepts, components, and procedures of the Incident Command System 
  • Hazardous materials incident management/operations 
  • Fire investigation procedures and techniques 
  • Fire and life safety codes 
  • Basic life support principles and techniques 
  • Building construction techniques and practices 
  • Operational characteristics and designs of fire protection systems, sprinkler systems, alarm systems, elevators and other related systems
Ability to:
  • Select, supervise, train and evaluate staff 
  • Plan, organize, and provide direction at an emergency scene 
  • Plan, coordinate, assign, and review the work of subordinate staff 
  • Investigate and resolve disciplinary issues 
  • Develop and maintain cooperative, effective working relationships with others 
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing 
  • Interpret and apply applicable federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations 
  • Collect and compile a variety of data and information 
  • Direct subordinates in firefighting or other emergency situations 
  • Evaluate an aircraft fire and rescue situation and determine appropriate action 
  • Operate communication equipment 
  • Develop, direct, and conduct a SCAF training program 
  • Prepare effective training aids 
  • Develop, implement, and enforce federal, state, and local fire protection and prevention codes 
  • Conduct emergency drills 
  • Respond to fires and alarms and effectively perform fire suppression and rescue work 
  • Conduct preliminary fact-finding inspections and investigations of fire scenes, including evidence gathering 
  • Prepare and maintain accurate and complete records 
  • Prepare clear and concise reports 
  • Work safely under hazardous situations 
  • Operate and maintain fire testing equipment i.e., foam testing, defibrillators, air monitoring meters, radiological detectors, etc. 
  • Review and interpret maps, diagrams, and mechanical drawings 
  • Review blueprints, and construction plans to ensure adherence to applicable fire and life safety codes 
  • Deal courteously and effectively with the general public

Employment Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications 

Possession of a valid Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation for the Professional Rescuer Certificate.

Possession of a current and valid Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certificate issued by either the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians or the California State Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA)

Possession of a valid California Class C driver license, or higher, with firefighter endorsement.
Seven years of full-time paid experience as a firefighter in a state or municipal fire department, fire district, federal military Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting (ARFF) installation or equivalent agency with a minimum of three years as a Captain or an equivalent position.

Note: An Associate’s Degree, or higher, from an accredited college or university in Fire Protection, Fire Science, or other field closely related to the intent of the class may substitute for up to two years of the required non-supervisory experience.

Note: A valid class A or B driver’s license may substitute for the firefighter endorsement

Note: If the word “experience” is referenced in the minimum qualifications, it means full-time paid experience unless the minimum qualification states that volunteer experience is acceptable.  Part-time paid experience may be accumulated and pro-rated to meet the total experience requirements.

Note: If the minimum qualifications include an educational or certificate/license requirement, applicants must submit proof of requirements with the application. Failure to submit proof of requirements may result in disqualification from the examination. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable. For guidelines on submitting acceptable proof of educational requirements, please click or speak to someone in our office before the cut-off date listed in this notice.

General Qualifications

Criminal History and Background Checks: 
The County may access criminal history information on candidates who have accepted a conditional offer of appointment for this class consistent with the provisions of Board of Supervisors Resolution No. 82-602, Personnel Policies, and applicable federal and state laws. The County shall not consider for employment any candidate who has been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor that relates to or impacts the candidate’s ability to perform the job duties of this class unless it is determined that mitigating circumstances exist. For purposes of accessing criminal history information, the candidate will be fingerprinted. A subsequent arrest notification may be obtained.

The County may also conduct a background check on the candidate prior to appointment to a position within this class. The background check may include personal and professional reference checks, credit history checks where authorized by Labor Code section 1024.5, Social Security Number verification, professional license/registration verification, military service information and driving history. Information obtained in the course of this background check will be considered by the appointing authority in the selection process. In obtaining such information, the County will comply with applicable consent and disclosure practices in the Fair Credit Reporting Act and the California Investigative Consumer Reporting Agencies Act.

License Requirement: 
A valid California Driver License, Class C or higher with firefighter endorsement, shall be required at the time of appointment. Failure to obtain or maintain the appropriate California Driver License and endorsement, or comply with state and federal requirements for utilization, may constitute cause for personnel action in accordance with Civil Service Rules or applicable bargaining agreement. Individuals who do not meet this requirement due to disability will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Incumbents must acquire and maintain an Air Operations Area driver permit issued by the Department of Airports within two (2) weeks of appointment. Failure to obtain or keep current the required permit may constitute cause for personnel action in accordance with Civil Service Rules or applicable bargaining agreement.

Certificate Requirements: 
Incumbents must acquire and maintain a valid EMT certificate issued by the California State Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA), within one year from the date of appointment. Incumbents must acquire and maintain accreditation as an EMT by the County of Sacramento within 90 days of state licensure, or appointment to the class if state licensure has already been obtained at the time of appointment. Failure to obtain or keep current the required certificate may constitute cause for personnel action in accordance with Civil Service Rules or applicable bargaining agreement.

Incumbents in this class must complete, acquire, and maintain a California State Fire Training Company Officer Certification, within one year from the date of appointment. Failure to obtain or keep current the required certificate may constitute cause for personnel action in accordance with Civil Service Rules or applicable bargaining agreement.

Training Requirements: Incumbents in this class must complete an initial 40 hour Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting training program in accordance with FAR Part 139 within six months of appointment to the class and complete annual training in accordance with FAR 139.319, and Advisory Circular 150/5210-17, including other state and local requirements as a condition of continued employment.

Uniform Requirement: Incumbents are required to wear a designated uniform and personal protective equipment.

Special Access: Prior to appointment, incumbents in this class must acquire and maintain an airport security badge allowing access to secure County airport locations. Failure to maintain an airport security badge may constitute cause for personnel action in accordance with Civil Service Rules or applicable bargaining agreement.

Physical Requirements:
Positions in this class require the incumbents to be able to:
  • Physically perform the duties of this class while wearing personal protective equipment. 
  • Demonstrate physical endurance, agility, strength, and stamina in the performance of hazardous tasks under emergency conditions. 
  • Think and act quickly in emergencies. 
Individuals who do not meet these requirements due to disability will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Working Conditions: 
Positions in this class require the incumbents to:
  • Work various shift, overtime, weekends, holidays, non-routine hours, and be subject to “on-call” status 24 hours a day. 
  • Work outside in all types of climatic conditions including inclement and very hot weather. 
  • Work at various locations within Sacramento County.
Probationary Period 
The probationary period for this classification is six (6) months.   

Application and Testing Information

 Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply immediately. All applicants must complete and submit an online County of Sacramento employment application by on the posted cut-off date. Click  to apply.   

  • Employment applications and all documentation requested in this announcement must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on the cut-off date. 
  • Employment Services is not responsible for any issues or delays caused by an applicant's computer or web browser. Applicants will be automatically logged out if they have not submitted their applications and all documentation prior to 5:00 p.m. on the cut-off date.
  • Your application should highlight all relevant education, training, and experience, and clearly indicate how you meet the minimum qualifications for the position as of the cut-off date.
  • Application information must be current, concise and related to the requirements in this job announcement. You may only apply for this recruitment once. Duplicate and incomplete applications will be disqualified.
  • A resume may be included with your application, however it will not substitute for the information requested on the application.

 Applicants are required to provide a full and complete response to each supplemental question. The Supplemental Questionnaire is located in the tab marked "Supplemental Questions". Please be descriptive in your response.  Responses of "See Resume" or "See Application", or copy and paste of work experience are not qualifying responses and will not be considered.    All candidates meeting the minimum qualifications by the cut-off date will have their Supplemental Questionnaire scored in the Formula Rate Examination.  This examination will evaluate the relevance, level, recency, progression and quality of candidate's education, training and experience. The candidate's application or other materials will not be included in this examination. Therefore, the candidate's responses to the supplemental questionnaire should be thorough, detailed and complete. The score from the Formula Rate Examination will determine the ranking on the eligible/employment list for this job.  All candidates competing in the testing process will receive written notice of their examination results by email. Notices can also be accessed in their inbox. Applicants achieving a passing score will be placed on the eligible list in rank order. The rank is determined by the test score attained from the examination.  Click for Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)   For more information, please review the  and submit an Employment Exam Reasonable Accommodation .