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City of Reno, NV Fire Equipment Superintendent in Reno, Nevada

Fire Equipment Superintendent


Class Title

Fire Equipment Superintendent

Class Code



$83,519.61 - $93,735.30 Annually

  • Definition

  • Benefits

Classification Description Summary

Under general direction, supervises, directs, and performs skilled mechanical work in the maintenance, modification, and repair of firefighting equipment; and performs related work as required.

Essential Functions

The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of 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.

Leads, plans, trains, reviews and performs the following: maintenance, repair, and overhaul of gasoline and diesel powered, heavy and light fire apparatus and equipment; maintains, repairs and performs condition tests on such equipment as Fire Department cars, trucks and pumpers; re-assembles engines, tests, tunes, and adjusts fuel delivery systems, brakes, clutches, transmissions, and differentials; repairs and rebuilds front ends and brake systems; performs technical maintenance on specialized firefighting equipment; such as, fire pumps, portable generators, smoke ejectors, hydraulic systems, sirens, and beacon lights; maintains records of equipment and materials used, and time spent on each piece of equipment, including data entry using modern office equipment; welds, fabricates, and modifies equipment; uses overhead crane and ground lifts to lift motors and heavy equipment; and responds to emergency scenes as requested to perform mechanical and other support work.

Participate in the selection of Fleet personnel. Evaluate and train assigned employees in their areas of work including proper mechanical maintenance and repair of work and safety methods, procedures and techniques.

Assign work and other duties to subordinates; coordinate resources and approve time off requests.

Verify the work of assigned employees for accuracy, proper work methods, techniques and compliance with applicable standards and specifications. Work with employees to correct deficiencies; implement discipline.

Assist in the budget development and administration; provide information and statistics in the forecast of funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; and monitor expenditures.

Ensure an accurate inventory of parts for maintenance and emergency repairs; assist in the purchasing of equipment maintenance parts and materials; contact vendors and suppliers to obtain parts and materials as needed.

Operate the service counter in the absence of the service writer.

Work with multiple stakeholders to develop fire apparatus and motor vehicle specifications. Inspect apparatus under construction and new equipment.

Supervise acceptance and service tests of apparatus per current standards.

Purchase special equipment. Approve contract bids for specialized work.

Maintain equipment repair and related records. Prepare and maintain a variety of records, reports and correspondence in relation to assigned area of responsibility.

Analyze service records, work orders and related maintenance costs.

Develop a preventative maintenance schedule using electronic fleet management software. Ensure all maintenance is completed in compliance with current standards. Maintain and update records and prepare statistical maintenance reports.

Oversee maintenance and cleanliness of the shop and surrounding work area, disposal of waste oils and chemicals according to established safety procedures and guidelines.

Ensure adherence to safe work practices and procedures.

Estimate time, materials, and equipment required for jobs assigned.

Participate in the development and implementation of goals, objectives, and priorities for jobs assigned; identify opportunities for improving service delivery methods and procedures.

Perform related duties and responsibilities as required.

Minimum Qualifications

The following generally describes the knowledge and ability required to enter the job and/or be learned within a short period of time in order to successfully perform the assigned duties.

Knowledge of:

Basic principles and practices of budget preparation and administration.

Basic principles and practices of database administration.

Government purchasing and procurement standards and legal requirements.

Occupational hazards and standard safety practices.

Principles of supervision, training, and performance evaluation.

Methods, procedures, materials, tools, and equipment used in the maintenance of heavy and light duty fire apparatus and equipment.

Principles of operation and mechanics of heavy internal combustion diesel, gasoline, and small two and four stroke engines.

Operation and characteristics of hydraulic and electrical systems. Operation of heavy power tools used in the maintenance of equipment.

Mechanical modification and fabrication procedures.

Operations of metal lathes and related fabricating equipment.

All types of welding processes and techniques for a variety of metals. Automotive and industrial engine ignition and wiring systems.

Computerized diagnostic software.

Computerized service manuals and service procedures.

Computerized/electronic fleet management software.

NFPA standards and their application.

Ability to:

Plan work details and carry out work assignments without immediate supervision.

Operate a variety of standard office equipment including computers and applicable software.

Supervise, direct, and coordinator the work of lower level staff.

Interpret, explain and enforce policies and procedures.

Work in a team based environment to achieve common goals.

Coordinate multiple projects and complex tasks simultaneously.

Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences and implement recommendations.

Maintain accurate and complete records and files.

Maintain and update databases.

Design and prepare reports using fleet management software.

Understand and carry out oral and written instructions.

Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing

Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work. Perform at the journey level as an automotive and heavy truck mechanic.

Perform heavy manual labor.

Mastery of mechanical maintenance procedures peculiar to the operation, maintenance, and repair of a wide variety of fire apparatus and equipment.

Use of hand and machine tools employed in automotive and heavy truck repair work.

Mastery of the principles and procedures for the repair, maintenance, and overhaul of centrifugal pumps.

Visualize, adapt, fabricate, and install a wide variety of mechanical modifications and alterations.

Effectively perform mechanical and electrical trouble shooting work.

Minimum Qualifications

Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Education and Training:

Completion of a high school diploma or equivalent and completion of two years of college or trade school supplemented by completion of apprenticeship in automotive and heavy truck mechanics.


Seven years of increasingly responsible experience as a journeyman automotive and heavy truck mechanic, including four years of experience in the repair of heavy and lightduty fire apparatus and equipment.

License or Certificate:

Possession of a valid. Driver’s license at the time of appointment. A non-commercial class B driver’s license with an F endorsement or equivalent must be obtained within two (2) years from appointment.

Supplemental Information


The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.


Shop environment; occasional field environment with some travel from site to site; exposure to noise, dust, grease, smoke, fumes, noxious odors, gases, and all types of weather and temperature conditions; exposure to hazardous traffic conditions; work and/or walk on various types of surfaces including slippery or uneven surfaces and rough terrain; incumbents may be required to respond to emergency calls after hours including evenings and weekends.


Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in a mechanic shop environment; walk, stand, and sit for prolonged periods of time; frequently stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, crawl, climb, reach, and twist; push, pull, lift, and/or carry moderate to heavy amounts of weights; operate assigned equipment and vehicles; and to verbally communicate to exchange information.

Other Requirements

JD 11/2018

No state income tax.

Nevada PERS retirement plan. Vesting in 5 years.

No Social Security participation, but Medicare deduction required (1.45%).

City paid medical, dental and vision and life insurance coverage for employee. City pays a substantial amount for dependent coverage.

Thirteen paid holidays.

Vacation and sick leave plans.

Deferred compensation plans available.

Credit union available.


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