CITY OF PHILADELPHIA PERSONNEL DEPARTMENT
FIRE BOAT ENGINEER
This is marine work operating and maintaining diesel engines and related equipment
aboard a city fireboat on an assigned shift.
Work is performed under the supervision of a fire officer. Assignments require
evaluative thinking and are carried out in accordance with standard marine engineering practices
and general work instructions. Employees have controlling responsibility for the routine
operation and maintenance of fire boat engine room facilities. Work involves regular exposure
to uncontrolled and/or unpredictable conditions and requires moderate physical effort.
TYPICAL EXAMPLES OF WORK (ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY)
- Starts fireboat's diesel engines; starts fireboat electric generator; upon signal from pilot
sets diesel engines for propulsion and/or pumping; monitors engine and electric control panels
while fire boat is in operation to insure proper functioning of all systems; engages and operates
pumps at fire sites.
- Demonstrates to and instructs firemen in the principles and procedures of fireboat
- Inspects engine room to insure all equipment is secured; checks engine and transmission
oil levels; inspects engines and pumps to insure proper lubrication; measures fuel tank levels and
recommends ordering of fuel when levels are low; reports damage or malfunctions to fire
officer; assists pilot with test of engine, throttle and helm control systems.
- Supervises and assists firemen in the general cleaning, painting, maintenance and minor
repairs of engine room and engine room equipment.
- Maintains daily log of operations.
- Performs related work as required.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
- the operation, routine maintenance and testing of diesel engines,engine room electrical
systems, steering gears, air compressors, heating system, generators and fire pumps.
- occupational hazards and safety precautions relating to engine room work aboard
- modern fire fighting and fire prevention techniques.
- devising and making temporary repairs under emergency conditions.
- making minor repairs of diesel engines and auxiliary equipment.
- demonstrating and instructing firemen in fireboat engineering principles and procedures.
MINIMUM ACCEPTABLE TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE(The following statement
represents the minimum training and experience standards which will be used to admit or reject
applicants for tests.)
PHYSICAL AND MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS
- Two years of experience as a fireman, supplemented by the successful completion of a
training program as a fireboat engineer as qualified by the Fire Training College and filed with
the City of Philadelphia's Personnel Department.
- Ability to physically perform the duties and to work in the environmental conditions required of a position in this class.
PAY RANGE: 304
Class Established: 1/1953
Latest Spec. Revision: 9/1967
END OF JOB CLASS SPECIFICATION - 6B11