Capt Craig Freeman

HAND CREW FIREFIGHTER / Orange County Fire Authority (CA)

Orange County Fire Authority (CA) is accepting apps for HAND CREW FIREFIGHTER.  Until December 21, 2016. Salary $2,698.80 – $3,636.53 Monthly.  For details about this career and over 3,400 other fire departments looking to hire firefighters Join today…  Fill out your PROFILE and get access to thousands of career firefighter recruitment’s across the Country.  FREE 7 Day Pass


Orange County Fire Authority (CA)

is accepting applications for:


Job Title: Hand Crew Firefighter
Closing Date/Time: Mon. 12/26/16 11:59 PM Pacific Time
Salary: $15.57 – $20.98 Hourly
$1,245.60 – $1,678.40 Biweekly
$2,698.80 – $3,636.53 Monthly
$32,385.60 – $43,638.40 Annually
Location: Division 3/Battalion 7/Fire Station 18 – 30942 Trabuco Canyon Road, Trabuco Canyon, CA 92678, California

The Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) is recruiting to create an eligibility list for future Hand Crew Firefighter vacancies.  Only applicants meeting the minimum qualifications may be invited to proceed in the interview process.

Under supervision, to perform a full range of strenuous physical tasks relative to fire suppression, fire line construction, improvement, and rehabilitation to firelines and burn areas; mop up fire hotspots using hand tools to stop the fire spread; and related support functions.

The Hand Crew Firefighter is distinguished from a Firefighter, which has a full range of firefighting responsibilities. In addition to the performance of hand crew firefighting duties, incumbents may serve on as needed basis in technical assignments performing one of the following: fire suppression and prevention, training, and communications.

The Hand Crew Firefighter Program consists of 2 squads of 11 members each and is operational 7 days per week, 10 hours per day, year round.  Crews work a 4/10 work schedule, Monday-Wednesday plus every other weekend or Wednesday-Friday, plus every other weekend.

(These duties are intended to be representative sample of the duties performed by the class.)

  • Assist in firefighting functions in the suppression of wildland fires and other emergency responses.
  • Operates and maintains a variety of equipment.
  • Performs a variety of heavy manual labor related to maintenance, construction, clean up, and/or other related areas; uses a variety of hand and power tools in performing duties.
  • Fire prevention activities to include construction and maintenance of fuel breaks, roads, and trails.
  • Fireline construction to include shoveling, raking, pruning, chainsaw work and/or other related activities.
  • May be responsible to act as a lead worker.
  • Responds to alarms as a member of a fire suppression crew, and enters burning areas.
  • Participates in regular training activities, and fire prevention activities.
  • Participates in building, grounds and equipment maintenance; inspects, cleans and repairs related equipment; performs minor construction work; performs general housekeeping duties in fire station.
  • Performs other duties of a similar nature or level.

An equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of this job such as those listed below.

EDUCATION (position requirement at entry):

  • High School Diploma or General Equivalency Diploma (GED)

EXPERIENCE (position requirement at entry):

  • Experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of this job
  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age
LICENSES AND CERTIFICATIONS (position requirements at entry):
  • Possession of a valid Class C California Driver License by date of appointment

This classification is subject to enrollment in the California DMV Pull Notice Program, which periodically provides Risk Management with the incumbent’s Driver License record and status.


  • Possession of an S130 Firefighter Training Certificate
  • Possession of an S190 Introduction to Widland Fire Behavior Certificate
  • Possession of an S212 Widland Fire Chain Saws Certificate

Certificates specified through the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG), CALFIRE, or equivalent.  Visit for specific details of acceptable certificates.  Acceptable certificates typically have the NWCG seal imprinted.

Applicants who possess some or all of the highly desired certificates listed above MUST attach a scanned copy (USE PDF FORMATTING) at time of application submission.

KNOWLEDGE (position requirements at entry):

Knowledge of:

  • Certain designated technical assignments may require additional knowledge related to assignment
  • Basic maintenance principles
  • Basic mathematical concepts
  • Applicable tools and equipment
  • Safe work practices
SKILLS (position requirements at entry):
Skill in:
  • Learning firefighting and other emergency techniques primarily through the methods of discussion and through observing the task performed
  • Performing manual labor
  • Using applicable tools, and equipment
  • Operating construction equipment
  • Performing basic mathematical calculations
  • Operating fire and other emergency apparatus and equipment effectively and safely
  • Following directions and orders of supervisors quickly in emergency situations
  • Following policies, procedures, laws and ordinances pertaining to fire suppression and prevention work
  • Communications and interpersonal skills as applied to interactions with coworkers, supervisor, the general public, etc. sufficient to exchange or convey information and to receive work direction
  • Carry out a conditioning program to maintain good fitness
Positions in this class typically require: climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, reaching, standing, walking, driving, pushing, pulling, lifting, fingering, grasping, feeling, talking, hearing, seeing and repetitive motions.
Very Heavy Work: Exerting in excess of 100 pounds of force occasionally, and/or in excess of 50 pounds of force frequently, and/or in excess of 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects.
Incumbents may be subjected to moving mechanical parts, electrical currents, vibrations, fumes, odors, dusts, gases, chemicals, oils, extreme temperatures, inadequate lighting, work space restrictions, intense noises and travel.

NOTE: The above job description is intended to represent only the key areas of responsibilities; specific position assignments will vary depending on the needs of the department.

Before an employee is hired, he/she must successfully complete pre-employment requirements including, but not limited to: fingerprinting and background check, reference check, DMV check, licensure/certification check, Oath of allegiance to the United States of America and the State of California, and proof of eligibility to work in the United States in accordance with Immigration and Reform Control Act of 1986. All job offers are contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment medical exam including a drug screen through the OCFA’s designated physician.


  • Online (only online applications will be accepted)
  • Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of online applications
  • Applicants are responsible for maintaining/updating their contact information through their accounts at
  • Human Resources reviews all application materials to identify qualified applicants
  • All applicants will be notified by email of their status in the selection process
  • The OCFA reserves the right to refer only the better qualified applicants if the number of applicants is high. Because recruitment processes vary, applicants are advised to thoroughly review the job announcement before submitting their online application materials
Testing for this position or any other position may include, but is not limited to the following: written exam, practical exam, panel interview, physical ability test, assessment center, oral presentation, project assignment, etc. If a revision is made to a testing component during a recruitment process, the assigned recruiter will notify by email all affected applicants.


In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons with disabilities requiring reasonable accommodations should contact Duke Steppe, Senior Human Resources Analyst at (714) 573 – 6807 or


All recruitment/selection process and requirements will be held in accordance with the OCFA’s Selection Rules, which are available for inspection in the Human Resources office.
 The duration of an Eligible List is one year, unless otherwise specified in the job announcement.


All questions regarding this position should be directed to Duke Steppe, Senior Human Resources Analyst at (714) 573 – 6807 or

The provisions of this publication do not constitute an express or implied contract. Any provision in this publication may be modified or revoked without notice.


The Orange County Fire Authority is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.


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