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Division Chief - Fire Marshall

City of Fairburn

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This position is responsible for fire code enforcement, the review and approval of building construction plans, review and approval of development plan proposals pertaining to fire and life safety, the review and approval of fire protection systems, review and approval of construction and operational permits, managing fire investigations and public fire safety education programming. This position shall perform assigned duties under the direct supervision of the Deputy Fire Chief and the general supervision of the Fire Chief. 



  • Perform complex inspections in all types of commercial and residential occupancies to assure they are in compliance with Fire Code, ordinances and regulations pertaining to the design, construction and installation of fire protection equipment & hazardous materials regulations. 
  • Review plans for new construction and installation of fire protection equipment for adherence to fire and life safety regulations. 
  • Establish appropriate service and staffing levels within City policy; monitor and evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods and procedures; allocate resources pertaining to the needs of fire prevention.
  • Investigate complaints of fire hazards & hazardous materials violations, write correction notices, issue citations and perform other duties necessary to prevent the reoccurrence of safety related crimes or violations.
  • Inspects and monitors fire work stands. 
  • Attend and participate in professional group meetings; stay abreast of new trends and innovations in the field of fire suppression, fire prevention, rescue operations and fire investigation.
  • Inspect and test fire alarm systems, fire sprinkler systems, heat and smoke detection devices and other fire protection and control mechanisms.
  • Confer with, answer questions for and provide direction to property owners, contractors, engineers, architects and others regarding fire protection requirements. 
  • Plan, direct and participate in departmental fire prevention and public education activities.
  • Plan, direct and evaluate current NFPA, ICC, State Fire code, trends in building construction and design.  Review all applicable codes and policies for adoption and implementation to meet the needs of the City of Fairburn and its citizens and businesses.
  • Direct and conduct fire investigations to determine cause and origin and works cooperatively with law enforcement agencies in arson cases.
  • Interpret fire prevention codes for engine company personnel; coordinate and supervise engine company inspection programs. 
  • Serve as authorized agent for critical customer service issues relative to regulatory disputes and alternate methods or material proposed; may represent the Fire Department before the City Council; Commissions and Committees on prevention related issues.
  • Exercise command & control of fire department resources on all types of emergencies including the most complex fire, rescue, and hazardous material incidents. 
  • May supervise and coordinate station duties and assignments. 
  • Perform related duties and responsibilities as required.
  • Respond to alarms and direct and oversee fire, rescue, and medical emergency operations of all fire companies at the scene, using the Incident Command System. The alarms include mutual aid and automatic aid responses.
  • Inspect personnel, stations, and equipment for proper condition and appearance.
  • Supervise, evaluate and assist assigned personnel.
  • Counsel with employees and takes disciplinary actions.
  • Provide supervision, guidance, training, and instructions to assigned personnel.
  • Supervise review and conduct performance evaluations of assigned personnel.
  • Attend classes and meetings to keep familiar of trends and update skills.
  • Work with fire department employees, department heads, City Administrator and elected officials as needed or when directed.
  • Properly maintains records and prepares reports.
  • Perform other such activities as directed.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.



Education and Experience:

Bachelor’s degree in Public, Business, or Fire Administration, Criminal Justice, Engineering, or other closely related field supplemented by ten (10) years of related experience in fire prevention, fire code enforcement, fire investigation, or criminal investigation; with 2 – 3 years supervisory experience, any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this job.

Licenses or Certifications:

  • Valid State of Georgia driver’s license
  • Certification as a firefighter from the Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council.
  • Fire Inspector certification required.
  • NPQ Haz-Mat Technician required.
  • GA State Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) – Intermediate or greater required
  • GA Post Fire/Arson Investigator certification preferred. GA Post Certified Peace Officer, GA preferred.



Special Requirements - Requires an acceptable general background check to include a local and state criminal history check and an acceptable driving record. This position is deemed safety-sensitive and is subject to random alcohol and controlled substance testing. This position is deemed safety-sensitive and is subject to random alcohol and controlled substance testing.



  • Comprehensive knowledge of principals, practices, methods and techniques pertinent to fire suppression, prevention and investigation.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of rules and regulations of the Fire Safety Commissioner, NFPA and ICC.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of laws, ordinances and regulations regarding fire prevention and inspection.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of methods and principles of fire suppression, fire investigation and fire prevention.
  • Knowledge of pertinent Federal, State, and local laws, codes and regulations.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of operation, maintenance, and usage of all firefighting equipment utilized by the department.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of modern techniques and standards related to all realms of emergency incident mitigation.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of City Personnel Police, rules, regulations and Fire Department Standard Operating Guidelines (SOGs).
  • Thorough knowledge of the geography of the response area.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of computer operations. 
  • Thorough knowledge of current practices, procedures, equipment and apparatus used in modern firefighting and in the protection of life and property.
  • Thorough knowledge of the geography of the City including the locations of streets, buildings, fire hydrants, fire alarm boxes and Knox boxes.
  • Extensive knowledge of the Incident Command System.
  • Thorough knowledge of computer and software operations utilized by the Fire Department.
  • Skill and ability to work under stress and to work with employees during stressful situations.
  • Skill in the area of principles and practices of program development and administration.
  • Skill in the area of principles and practices of municipal budget preparation and administration.
  • Skill in the area of principles of employee supervision, training and performance evaluation.
  • Ability to observe situations, define and analyze problems in order to make decisions.
  • Ability and willingness to obey department rules, regulations and all policies and procedures of the City of Fairburn.
  • Ability to take responsibility for his/her own actions.
  • Ability to perform Fire Prevention building inspections and building familiarization activities, such as pre-fire plans.
  • Ability to conduct public education programs to various audiences.
  • Ability to perform duties under stressful situations and conditions, along with maintaining the ability to perform assigned task in a safe manner.
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing and understand the English language.
  • Ability to establish and maintain an effective working relationship with all City Officials, department heads and the general public.
  • Ability to possess good judgment and strong decision-making skills.
  • Ability to establish and maintain the respect of subordinates.





The work is heavy work which requires exerting up to 100 pounds of force or more. Work requires ability to exert heavy physical effort, with greater emphasis on climbing and balancing, but typically also involving some combination of stooping, kneeling, crouching, and crawling, and the lifting, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling of moderately heavy objects and materials; may occasionally involve heavier objects and materials. Some tasks require the ability to perceive and discriminate colors or shades of colors, sounds, odor, depth, texture, and visual cues or signals.  Some tasks require the ability to communicate orally. 



Work is performed in an outdoor environment. Performance of essential functions may require exposure to adverse environmental conditions, such as dirt, dust, pollen, odors, wetness, humidity, rain, fumes, temperature and noise extremes, machinery, vibrations, electric currents, traffic hazards, bright/dim light, violence, toxic agents, hazardous materials, disease, pathogenic substances, fire, smoke, unstable structures, heights, or confined spaces.



The City of Fairburn is an Equal Opportunity Employer. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform the essential job functions satisfactorily. In compliance with the American Disabilities Act (ADA) reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions. Prospective and current employees are encouraged to discuss accommodations with the employer.

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