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H032-Captain, Fire Prevention or Fire Investigation

Recruitment: REF23934M

Published: April 06, 2023

Accepting applications until: April 13, 2023


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Department: Fire Department
Job class: H032-Captain, Fire Prevention or Fire Investigation
Salary range: $204,750.00 - $204,750.00
Role type: Permanent Civil Service What does this mean?
Hours: Full-time
Exam type: Class Based Test
Rule: Rule of the List What does this mean?
List type: Promotive


Clerically amended on April 6, 2023


Application Opening: 03/22/2023

Application Deadline: 04/13/2023 (clerically amended) 

Compensation Range: $98.44 Hourly/ $7,875 Biweekly/ $204,750 Yearly

Recruitment ID: H032-REFX00029

Established in 1866, the San Francisco Fire Department is rich in tradition and history. From the Great Earthquake and Fire of 1906 to the Loma Prieta Earthquake of 1989, the Department has grown to meet the many challenges along the way. Today, the San Francisco Fire Department serves an estimated 1.5 million people, providing fire suppression, fire prevention and emergency medical services to the residents, visitors and workers within San Francisco's 49 square miles.

Role description

The H032 Captain is the upper-management level in the Division of Fire Prevention and Investigation class series. It reports to the H051 Fire Marshal. It is distinguished from the H051 Fire Marshal in that it is responsible for a bureau or major organizational section of the Division, whereas the H051 is responsible for the entire Division.

Under general direction from the Fire Marshal (H051), the H032 Captain is responsible for the activities of a bureau or major organizational section within the Division of Fire Prevention and Investigation. Incumbents supervise the staff of a bureau or major section; make assignments of work; review and make recommendations regarding reports of inspectors, officers, and investigators; supervise the training of new personnel; prepare annual budgets; draft unit policy; and perform other related duties as required.

Upon assignment, incumbents may: (1) Manage the division's fire inspection activities; lecture before groups on fire prevention; read and interpret building plans and specifications to ensure compliance with State law and City and County Ordinances; and prepare letters, instructions and recommendations to owners of property relative to fire prevention and public safety measures; (2) Formulate and direct the public education programs for the Division of Fire Prevention and Investigation including the development of programs for special groups, and supervision of the duties of inspectors assigned to education tasks; and/or (3) Manage the division's fire investigation activities; evaluate and assist in the preparation of fire-related cases for civil and criminal court hearings; coordinate the activities of the Arson Task Force; inform supervisors and the Public Information Officer regarding the status of fire investigations; and prepare letters, reports and instructions relative to fire investigations. Incumbents also perform related duties as required.

How to qualify


Permanent status and successful completion of probationary period in class H022 or H024 Lieutenant.

*Applicants must meet minimum qualifications including completion of their probationary period by eligible list adoption date.


The selection process will consist of a role play exercise and a written in-basket exercise. A pass-point will be established after administration of the exam components, and only candidates participating in both components and scoring at or above the minimum passing score will be placed on the eligible list and considered for appointment. The exam will be designed to measure candidates’ relative knowledge and ability in job-related areas. A description of and/or test preparation materials for both exercises will be made available to candidates at a later date. Candidates will be notified via email as to when and where to obtain these materials.

Testing Information

Qualified applicants will be notified by email of the exact dates, times, and locations of the exercises, which are tentatively scheduled to be administered in the month of May. Candidates must successfully complete both exercises to receive a final score. The final score will be a composite of the scores obtained on the two exercises.

Examination Preparation Guide

Descriptions of the examination components, including component weights, will be included in the Preparation Guides. The Preparation Guides will also list the job-related task clusters from which examination tasks will be simulated and identify knowledge and abilities that may be evaluated by each test component. It is anticipated that Preparation Guides will be available approximately 30 days prior to the administration of the test component. Qualified applicants will be notified via email when the Preparation Guides become available.

Eligible List

The duration of the eligible list resulting from this selection process will 24 months and may be extended up to 12 months upon approval of the Human Resources Director.

Certification Rule

In accordance with Civil Service Rule 313.3.4, the certification rule to be used for the eligible list will be Statistically Valid Grouping (Sliding Band).

Secondary Criteria

The Chief of Department will consider the secondary criteria listed below in making selections from the eligible list.

  • Fire Department experience (i.e., length and variety)
  • Education and training
  • Completion of State Fire Marshal courses or equivalent
  • Disciplinary record

Secondary criteria items will be reviewed in totality and will not be weighted. Candidates will be asked to complete a Secondary Criteria form at a later date. Candidates will be notified via Fire Department General Order when to submit the Secondary Criteria form.

What else should I know?

Suggested Reference List

Candidates should be familiar with all Fire Department General Orders, Fire Department manuals and other references listed below. This is a suggested reference list only. Test material may be drawn from the materials listed below. The examination will cover materials selected from this list as well as experience expected to have been gained as an H022 Lieutenant BFP or H024 Lieutenant BFI. Refer to the most recent editions of any materials listed (e.g., Department Policies, Department Rules and Regulations, Department Manuals, etc.) published/issued prior to April 3, 2023. It may also be based on the collective Fire Service experience of subject matter experts.

  • California State Health and Safety Code
  • SFFD Injury and Illness Prevention Program Manual
  • A.O. Reports and Human Resource Management System (HRMS)
  • SFFD Rules and Regulations & Procedures Guide
  • SFFD Training Bulletins
  • 2022 San Francisco Fire Code
  • 2022 California Fire and Building Codes
  • 2022 International Building and Fire Codes, including I.C.C. Code and Commentary manuals
  • National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 921, 13, 13R, 13D, 72, and other Fire Investigation and Prevention Related Standards
  • Fire Investigation Operations Guide
  • Managing Employee Performance Manual and Procedures Guidebook
  • National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) Manual: The Basics: January 2015
  • NFIRS Version 5.0; Quick Reference Guide: January 2015
  • Bureau of Fire Investigation Procedure Guide

SFFD manuals and training bulletins are available for purchase at DOT. It is an applicant’s responsibility to update the publications listed as suggested reading materials by acquiring any Department-authorized revisions, supplements, and/or replacements issued prior to April 3, 2023.

Terms of Announcement and Appeal Rights

Applicants must be guided solely by the provisions of this announcement, including requirements, time periods and other particulars, except when superseded by federal, state or local laws, rules or regulations. [Note: The correction of clerical errors in an announcement may be posted on the Department of Human Resources website at] The terms of this announcement may be appealed under Civil Service Rule 310.3. Such appeals must be submitted in writing to the Department of Human Resources, 1S Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103-5413 by close of business on the 7th business day following the issuance date of this examination announcement. Information concerning other Civil Service

Commission Rules involving announcements, applications, and examination policies, including applicant appeal rights, can be found on the Civil Service Commission website at


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Applicants may be contacted by email about this recruitment and, therefore, it is their responsibility to ensure that their registered email address is accurate and kept up-to-date. Also, applicants must ensure that email from CCSF is not blocked on their computer by a spam filter. To prevent blocking, applicants should set up their email to accept CCSF mail from the following addresses and

Applicants will receive a confirmation email that their online application has been received in response to every announcement for which they file. Applicants should retain this confirmation email for their records. Failure to receive this email means that the online application was not submitted or received.

Exam Analyst Information: If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the exam analyst at and 415-557-4882.

    CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT:  All City and County of San Francisco employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Someone is fully vaccinated when 14 days have passed since they received the final dose of a two-shot vaccine or a dose of a one-shot vaccine. Any new hire must present proof of full vaccination status to be appointed. Any new hire who will be routinely assigned or occasionally enter High-Risk Settings, must provide proof of having received a COVID-19 booster vaccine by March 1, 2022, or once eligible.

    The City and County of San Francisco encourages women, minorities and persons with disabilities to apply. Applicants will be considered regardless of their sex, race, age, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition (associated with cancer, a history of cancer, or genetic characteristics), HIV/AIDS status, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, military and veteran status, or other protected category under the law.