POSITION/ JOB FAMILY: Fire Inspector/Investigator
DEPARTMENT: Fire Department
SALARY RANGE: $47,234 – Mid. $59,553
FLSA STATUS: Non-Exempt
REPORTS TO: Fire Marshall
A successful candidate will play an active role in the City of College Park’s existing operational success. The purpose of the position is to conduct fire inspections and investigations to prevent and determine the cause of fires.
Independent judgment is required to identify, select and apply the most appropriate available guidelines and procedures as well as interpret precedents. This position is responsible for fire inspections and investigations; work involves reviewing and approving building and development plans, conducting fire investigations, code enforcement, conducting interviews, and making arrests for violations.
- Inspect new and existing buildings and developments for code compliance; issue citations as required.
- Meets with property owners to discuss code violations and strategies to address violations.
- Reviews building plans for adherence to fire safety codes.
- Approves or disapproves plans; maintains records and reports.
- Reviews plans and development plans for adherence to fire safety codes.
- Assists the fire safety educator as necessary; makes presentations to civic and community groups.
- Performs fire cause investigations and testifies in court when necessary.
- Enforces all city fire codes and ordinances and regulations.
- Assists with major fires and all fire-related deaths; conducts investigations of suspicious fires.
- Photographs fire damage and evidence of fire causes; processes and stores evidence in compliance with departmental policies and procedures.
- Logs inspections; creates and files reports; maintains a run log.
- Attends meetings, seminars, and training sessions as required.
- Participates in public education activities.
- Performs other related duties as assigned.
- The omission of specific duties does not preclude the supervisor from assigning duties that logically relate to the position.
Work Environment: Work may be performed in an office environment or the field. Most Firefighter work is performed in various indoor settings including living quarters and office areas. Varying work schedules are required. Hazardous tasks performed under emergency conditions may require strenuous exertion under such handicaps as limited visibility, exposure to hazardous or toxic chemicals or gases, extremes in temperature, cramped surroundings and contact with death, emotional stress, trauma, contagious disease, and terminal illnesses. Firefighters are also exposed to extreme heat, contaminated environments, emotionally upset people, noise, physical hazards from traffic, fire and falling objects, and atmospheric conditions such as smoke, fumes, odors, and gases. May be required to wear protective equipment such as a hard hat, face and ear protection, breathing apparatus, fire protective leather gloves, boots, fire retardant clothing, and to utilize body substances isolation – including latex gloves, eye protection, pocket valve resuscitation masks, and bag valve masks.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- Knowledge of City of College Park Fire Codes and related ordinances.
- Knowledge of modern fire inspection principles, practices, and methods.
- Knowledge of fire investigation practices.
- Knowledge of fire protection systems.
- Knowledge of hazardous materials, water supply systems, fire loads, fire cause determination, and fire safety education.
- Knowledge of building construction.
- Knowledge of the street system and physical layout of the city.
- Knowledge of emergency care methods, techniques, and equipment.
- Skill in reading blueprints, plats, building plans, and specifications.
- Ability to interpret instructions and efficiently carry them out with general supervision.
- Ability to pass a physical examination. Minimum physical fitness requirements as set forth by Firefighter Professional Qualification published by the National Fire Protection Association.
- Certification as a Firefighter by the State of Georgia as defined by the Georgia Firefighters Standards and Training Council is preferred, but not required.
- Certification as a Peace Officer by the State of Georgia within (12) months of appointment and maintain certification.
- Certification as a Fire Investigator as defined by the Georgia Firefighters Standards and Training Council within the period established by Fire Chief and maintain certification.
- Certification as an Emergency Medical Technician A or higher by the State of Georgia is preferred,
- Certification in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and First Aid; ability to maintain certification.
- Ability to perform tasks involving heavy manual labor.
- Effective analytical and decision-making skills.
- Excellent communication (oral and written), organizational, and time management skills.
- Effective interpersonal skills and ability to work with diverse constituents.
- Attention to detail and adaptability to a changing environment is extremely important as well as dependability.
- Demonstrate a high level of professionalism, initiative, resourcefulness, and personal accountability.
- Moderate physical activity. Requires handling objects of average weight up to one hundred (100) pounds, standing and/or walking for more than four (4) hours per day, climbing ladders, bending, crouching, or stooping, and using tools and equipment requiring a high degree of dexterity, and distinguish between shades of color.
- Note: In compliance with the American Disabilities Act (ADA), those functions of the job which are identified as essential are required to be performed with or without reasonable accommodations. Requests to facilitate the performance of essential functions will be given careful consideration.
- Associate’s Degree or college coursework in Fire Science or related field; Bachelor’s degree preferred.
- A minimum of four (4) years of experience as a Firefighter/EMT.
- Certified as State of Georgia Peace Officer, NPQ Firefighter III, Fire Inspector I, HazMat Operations, and Fire Safety Educator II.
- Equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.
- Must be 21 years of age or older.
- Possession of a valid (Class F or equivalent) Driver's License issued by the State of Georgia.
- Must have a satisfactory motor vehicle record (MVR) and the ability and willingness to drive a city vehicle; if assigned job duties require the use of a vehicle.
- Experience in communicating with diverse communities, and in establishing and maintaining cooperative working relationships.
- Proficiency in MS Office Suite, as well as knowledge and understanding of the organizational structure, workflow, and operating procedures.
- Extensive hours and weekends will be required at times.
- Pre-Employment screening is required: criminal background check and drug testing.
Qualified applicants are asked to submit a cover letter of interest, resume/curriculum vitae, and/or certifications, if applicable.
In addition to the completed application, candidates must submit a list of three professional references (at least one from a previous employer) that includes names and contact information. Review of application materials will begin ASAP and will continue until the position is filled.
Resumes will not be accepted without an application. You can obtain an application from the City’s website: www.collegeparkga.com.
The City of College Park is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.