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Position:Fire Prevention Officer
Position Code:PR-145
Compensation:$45.85 - $55.74 per hour
Job Status:Full Time, Hourly

Job Summary

Final Filing Date: 5:00pm, Friday, August 25, 2017

Appointment to this position is contingent upon:

*Passing a pre-employment fingerprinting criminal history records check, background check, medical examination and testing, and psychological evaluation.

Resume will not be accepted in lieu of application. Application, including all work history, must be fully completed if a resume is attached. Incomplete and/or inaccurate applications may result in disqualification from the recruitment process. All communication regarding your status in this recruitment process will be conducted via email or postal mail. Be sure to include a valid e-mail address on the employment application. Applicants are responsible for notifying Human Resources of any changes to contact information.

Selection Procedure

Based on the application screening, those candidates with the most relevant qualifications will be invited to an interview, which may include a written exam and/or practical exam.

About the Position

The Fire Prevention Officer performs technical inspection and investigative work in enforcing compliance with laws, ordinances, and regulations pertaining to the prevention and control of fires. The Fire Prevention Officer also conducts field inspections, performs some fire plan review of buildings, fire protection equipment, and industrial processes to ensure compliance with the requirements of federal, state, and municipal fire protection codes and ordinances.

A Fire Prevention Officer is expected to have general working knowledge of fire protection systems and fire cause determination investigative techniques. Employees in this class must regularly exercise technical, professional judgment, and discretion based on their familiarity with a wide variety of fire prevention codes and investigative techniques. They must also have good public relations abilities, negotiating skills and problem solving talents. They must also exhibit excellent customer service skills. This position is expected to have sufficient knowledge of the building industry to perform fire inspections and minor plan checks relating to new and remodeled construction.

This position receives supervision from the Fire Marshal.

Essential Duties

·         Interpret and enforce provisions of fire prevention and fire safety laws, ordinances and other regulations;

·         Perform periodic and follow – up inspections of new and existing buildings, structures and installations requiring fire clearances;

·         Investigate complaints pertaining to violation of fire prevention laws and give correction orders as necessary, including weed abatement;

·         Investigate the origin and cause of fires, collects, prepares, and presents evidence in court when required;

·         Provide information to the public concerning fire prevention practices and procedures;

·         Develop and conduct training programs and group presentations relative to fire prevention and fire investigation;

  • As directed, check plans, specifications, and calculations on building, fire protection equipment and systems, and hazardous equipment installations.
  • As directed, check plans to determine fire and life safety requirements in accordance with Titles 19 and 24 of the California Code of Regulations and applicable Fire Prevention, Building Code, and Fire and Life Safety Standards.
    ·         Make independent surveys and analyze data for the purpose of determining the adequacy for fire and life safety provisions.

  • Give interpretations and answer questions raised by City Building Department staff, contractors, and other interested parties, regarding fire and fire safety requirements and in the application of various codes and requirements.
  • As directed and assigned, Issue permits and make field inspections.
  • Prepare reports, records and correspondence.
  • Perform other duties, as assigned.  

Job-Related and Essential Qualifications

Knowledge of: 

       Codes, laws, and regulations as related to Titles 19 and 24 of the California Code of Regulations, International Building and Fire Codes, and the National Fire Protection Association Fire Code Standards.

•     Principles and practices of fire protection engineering.

•     The fundamentals and techniques of determining the fire and life safety of structures.

•     Practices, procedures, and equipment used in fire investigations, including the ability to recognize and collect evidence.


Skill in:

       Reading and interpreting site plans, building plans, fire protection system and equipment plans, specifications and codes;

       Examining and noting deficiencies of plans, calculations and specifications;

       Coordinating the flow of assigned work;

       Performing fire and life safety code inspections;

       Expressing ideas and answering questions clearly and concisely, verbally and in writing;

       Maintaining records and preparing reports;

       Training and reviewing the work of subordinate personnel;

       Dealing tactfully with others and resolving conflict with positive result;

       Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships.

       Speaking to groups

Ability to:

       Apply technical knowledge and follow proper inspection techniques and detect deviations from plans, regulations and standard safety practices;

       Interpret and enforce federal, state and local fire prevention codes and ordinances;

       Identify fire hazards and recommend corrective actions;

       Identify types and determine causes of fires;

       Recognize, identify and preserve evidence;

       Effectively interview witnesses and suspects;

       Follow complex written and verbal instructions and procedures;

       Use mental abilities to arrive at sound conclusion and judgement;

       Work alone or in close proximity to others;

       Operate motor vehicle or motorized equipment;

       Communicate over the telephone or two-way radio;

       Ability to be on-call nights and weekends;

       Perform the essential functions of the position; and

       Perform as an effective team member.

Education and Training

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

  • Three years of responsible fire inspection experience.
  • Education equivalent to the completion of one year of college supplemented by specialized training in fire suppression, fire safety systems, fire sciences, fire prevention, and plans examining or related field.
  • Experience in Fire Prevention and Code Enforcement highly desirable.
  • Additional specialized training in fire science/technology or a related field is highly desirable. 
  • Associate Degree in Fire Science or Fire Technology from an accredited college is highly desirable.
  • Possession of a CPR/AED Certificate within one-year of date of hire.

Special Requirements

·         Positions in this classification may require the ability to travel independently within and outside of the City limits to fulfill the assigned duties and responsibilities.

·         This non-exempt position is subject to a 12-month probationary period;

·         Must be at least 18 years of age at the time of employment.

Licenses and Certifications

  • Possession of or ability to obtain a valid California Class C driver's license at the time of employment and have a satisfactory driving record. 


Clarity, conciseness, and completeness of responses are factors considered in the qualification screening process. Each of your responses will be evaluated and only those applicants who demonstrate the best potential in meeting the City’s needs will be given further consideration in the selection process.

  1. What is your experience enforcing, specifically, fire and life safety statutes? 
  2. What is your experience enforcing municipal codes and ordinances?
  3. What is your experience with performing Fire Investigations?
  4. Please list any current certifications, and any specialized training or fire science courses you have taken.

How to Apply
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