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

Fire Equipment Superintendent



Class Title

Fire Equipment Superintendent

Class Code



$90,571.10 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.

Supervises and performs the following:

Performs general overhaul and repair on all types of gasoline and diesel engines;

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;

Performs technical maintenance on a variety of small engines to include; but not limited to, chainsaws, circular saws, mowers, blowers, and string trimmers;

Maintains records of equipment and materials used, and time spent on each piece of equipment, including data entry;

Welds, fabricates, and modifies equipment; and

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.

Evaluate and instruct assigned personnel. Assign work and other duties to subordinates; coordinate resources and approve time off requests.

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.

Maintain inventory of stock, requisition parts, and equipment.

Assist in preparing specifications for fire apparatus and motor vehicles. Inspect apparatus under construction and inspect new equipment.

Write training manuals and train personnel in the use of new equipment.

Supervise acceptance and service tests of apparatus per current standards.

Purchase special equipment. Approve contract bids for specialized work.

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

Maintain and analyze service records, work orders and related maintenance costs. Maintains inventory control of spare parts and assigned equipment.

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.

Occupational hazards and the proper safety precaution.

Principles of supervision, training, and performance evaluation.

Methods, procedures, materials, tools, and equipment used in the maintenance of large scale industrial and automotive engines and related equipment.

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

Hydraulic principles.

Operation of heavy power tools used in the maintenance of equipment.

Mechanical modification and fabrication procedures.

Operations of metal lathes and related fabricating equipment.

Oxygen acetylene and arc welding techniques.

Automotive and industrial engine ignition and wiring systems.

Computerized diagnostic software.

Computerized service manuals and service procedures.

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.

Maintain accurate and complete records and files.

Maintain and update databases.

Understand and carry out oral and written instructions.

Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing

Establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees.

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 firefighting equipment.

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

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

Effectively perform mechanical and electrical trouble shooting work.

Skill in:

Use and care of the hand and machine tools employed in automotive and heavy truck repair 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-duty firefighting equipment.

License or Certificate:

Possession of a valid non-commercial class A driver's license with an F endorsement or equivalent at time of 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.


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.