Fire Engineer

Open Date: 09/19/2022

Closing Date: Until Filled

Requisition Number: 016-2022

Department: Fire Dept

Classification: Full-Time / Non-Exempt

Salary: Commensurate with Experience

Location: Valley Center, CA


Under general supervision of the Fire Captain, the Fire Apparatus Engineer responds to fire alarms and other emergency calls to protect life and property; drives, operates and maintains fire apparatus and equipment in support of fire suppression, rescue, basic life support activities, or other emergency and non-emergency incidents. The Fire Apparatus Engineer assumes a lead responsibility and/or performs specialized functions in the implementation of public education programs, fire prevention duties – including training and education, fire inspection, code enforcement programs, and support services programs. This position is responsible to perform mechanical maintenance on apparatus and equipment, providing training to fire department staff, and to assist in maintenance and care of station and grounds. This person assumes responsibility for carrying out Fire Captain Responsibilities in their absence; manage program/projects, and performs other related duties as assigned. The ability to develop cooperative relationships with other Rincon Tribal Government departments and community organization is crucial in fulfilling the responsibilities of the Fire Engineer.


This classification encompasses the full range of firefight duties, and it is distinguished from the firefighter classification in that this classification has primary responsibility to drive, pump, operate, and maintain all fire apparatus within the department. The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all 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.

  • This incumbent is a self-starter, highly motivated, capable of embracing innovative management principles, and enjoys the challenge of blending traditional fire service values with modern business practices.
  • The Fire Apparatus Engineer should possess qualities of leadership, integrity, and competency to safely deliver the highest level of customer service.
  • The candidate must be able to carry out Department responsibilities with minimal direction and supervision.
  • This person must be dedicated and self-disciplined, assuring that the Department’s high operational standards are maintained.
  • Responds to fire and other emergency alarms by driving assigned vehicle to required locations.
  • Operates fire equipment and otherwise assists in the suppression of fires and in the protection of life and property.
  • Drives and operates all fire apparatus in accordance with California vehicular laws related to various firefighting and rescue apparatus.
  • Maintains various types of firefighting and suppression apparatus and equipment, including but not limited to pumping and ladder equipment and ground monitors.
  • Performs routine and minor repairs and inspects fire apparatus and equipment.
  • Participates in the continuing training and instruction program and attends scheduled drills and classes.
  • Instructs other fire staff in the operation and care of the fire apparatus and related equipment by providing guidance and support in a team-based environment.
  • Studies and becomes familiar with streets, fire hydrants, and building occupancy and contents.
  • Complies, submits information, and responds on equipment runs, accidents, gas and oil usage, apparatus inspections, tests, and conditions.
  • Effects rescues.
  • Lays hose lines.
  • Drives and locates equipment in the proper place at scene; operates apparatus pumps; and operates aerial apparatus.
  • Perform draft test as assigned.
  • Attacks fires and directs fire streams.
  • Applies basic life support techniques; sets up intravenous solutions and takes blood pressures if qualified as an EMT; and assists in the emergency transporting of patients.
  • Operates communications equipment.
  • Performs a variety of routine maintenance and repair tasks including the inspection and minor equipment repair.
  • Participates, as assigned, in inspections and related fire prevention duties.
  • Studies and reviews department rules and regulations, fire hazards, and firefighting techniques; participates in drills, training sessions, and exercises.
  • Meets the public and deals with various officials and citizens in furthering the public relations of the department; conducts and participates in public outreach services and education in the community about community risk reduction.
  • Participates in physical fitness training to maintain essential work condition.
  • May be required to respond to alarms during non-duty hours when on-duty staff needs to be augmented.
  • Serves as acting captain, as assigned.


  • Demonstrates an awareness and appreciation of the cultural diversity of the community.
  • Maintain a clean and safe working environment.
  • Adhere to safety standards and regulations of the Tribal Council.
  • Handle all confidential and proprietary information in accordance with policies and procedures.
  • Attends required meetings and trainings.
  • Perform other related duties as required.



  • At least 21 years of age at the time of application.
  • Graduation from a U.S. high school, G.E.D. or equivalent from a U.S. institution, or a California High School Proficiency Examination (CHSPE) certificate is required.
  • An associate degree in Fire Administration, Fire Science or Public Administration, or a closely related field, highly preferred.
  • Must have completed appropriate education and training in fire hydraulics, fire apparatus and equipment, or have successfully completed Driver Operator 1A and 1B.
  • One (1) Year of full-time firefighting experience.
  • Internal Candidates: Must be a Rincon Fire Department Certified Driver Operator, or equivalent.


The following license and certification are required to be maintained throughout employment and are not subject to waiver:

  • Valid California Drivers’ License – Class C with Firefighter Endorsement. Must maintain a satisfactory driving record with the DMV.
  • State of California/National Registry EMT or Paramedic License
  • San Diego County EMT-B or EMT-P Accreditation
  • Current CPR Certificate, BLS-C
  • California State Firefighter I and II Certificates, including equivalent, such as IFSAC/Pro-Board Certification
  • Hazardous Materials First Responder Operational Certificate
  • ICS-100 and ICS-200
  • CSFM – Fire Apparatus Driver Operator 1A
  • CSFM – Fire Apparatus Driver Operator 1B Pump Operator


  • Firefighting and EMS procedures and equipment; fire ground tactics and strategy; emergency incident management, specifically the Incident Command System (ICS); principles of incident safety; automatic and mutual aid agreements; hazardous materials incident procedures; confined space and technical rescue techniques; hazardous materials, fire prevention procedures and related codes; rescue operations and procedures.
  • California vehicular laws related to the operation of various firefighting and rescue apparatus’, mechanical operation and maintenance of pumping engines, and truck and brush engines.
  • Safety principles and practices related to the fire service policies, procedures, rules and regulations of the Rincon Tribal Government and Rincon Fire Department.
  • Geography and street layout of the Rincon Reservation and surrounding cities/areas.
  • Laws and regulations pertaining to fire and emergency medical services operations; personal protective equipment; pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations.
  • Principles and practices of customer service.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing; be able to establish and maintain effective working relationships.
  • Strong organizational skills and the flexibility and ability to manage time and multiple tasks with little supervision.
  • Proficiency with all current Microsoft Office programs as well as any other software programs, online communication platforms and other technology necessary to perform the job.
  • Experience developing communication materials, including PowerPoint presentations, flyers, brochures, booklets, etc.
  • Successful applicants will be a creative thinker, an energetic self-starter who enjoys new challenges and are able to function comfortably in a fast-paced team environment or independently.



The Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians offers a comprehensive and competitive benefit package for full-time and qualifying part-time employees. Benefit include the following:

  • Health & Wellness Coverage: Medical, dental and vision coverage
  • Generous Paid Time Off (PTO) Accrual
  • Holidays: Full-time employees and qualifying part-time employees are eligible for eleven (11) full paid holidays, and four (4) half day (4 hours) paid holidays.
  • Comprehensive Annual Performance & Merit Reviews
  • Job Training based on Business Needs
  • Life and Long Term Disability: $100,000 employer paid Life Insurance and Long Term Disability
  • Flexible Spending Accounts: Healthcare and Dependent care reimbursement accounts
  • Supplemental Life and Accidental Death and Dismemberment (AD&D) Insurance
  • Supplemental Coverage: Disability, Accident, Cancer, Life and Hospital Confinement
  • Retirement: 401(k) retirement plan with a generous employer match
  • Company Events: Rincon Tribal Government holds great social events for employees and occasionally raffle many prizes.