Fire Inspector II

  • 008725

SUMMARY: Under limited supervision, performs arson investigations; enforces and maintains compliance with laws and regulations governing fire safety; conducts annual re-checks of buildings and premises to ensure compliance with fire prevention standards; ensures new buildings and business are in compliance with code requirements for fire and life safety; may perform related duties as assigned.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: (Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following tasks, knowledge skills, and other characteristics. This list is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by incumbents of this class.)

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: (which are not in any hierarchical order)
  • Inspects residential, commercial and industrial installations and equipment in new and old buildings for compliance with fire and life safety regulations.
  • Receives and investigates complaints of fire hazards and alleged violations of fire regulations; obtains evidence of violations; secures warrants and assists in the preparation of cases for court action.
  • Inspects for compliance with fire or life safety standards involving type of occupancy, type of construction, height, and square footage of building; hazardous materials and processes, vertical and horizontal separations, alarm systems, smoke detectors, means of egress, and extinguishments requirements.
  • Prepares and completes accurate deficiency reports for building owners/managers to indicate code violations and provides code validated correction methods, systems and or devices and suggests remedies for correction.
  • Assumes control of fire scenes and provides for the security of evidence until completion of the investigation.
  • Prepares investigation reports.
  • Performs minor review of building plans and specifications for compliance with applicable codes and ordinances.
  • Notifies owners when deficiencies and/or code violations are found; makes recommendations on methods of correction and compliance; sets up re-inspections to insure compliance.
  • Testifies in the proper court of jurisdiction concerning violations found and not corrected.
  • Performs related work as needed.
  • Knowledge of defects and corrective measures in the construction, mechanical, and electrical fields, particularly where they relate to fire and life safety.
  • Working knowledge of all regulations and laws relating to fire and life safety on a state or local level.
  • Knowledge of the construction trades, including zoning regulations.
  • Ability to conduct thorough investigations and inspections, and to prepare detailed and adequate records for use in legal proceedings.
  • Ability to detect changes or alterations made to existing structures.
  • Ability to understand and work from plans, drawings and diagrams.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to establish effective working relationships with employees, other agencies and the general public.
  • Ability to speak effectively before groups and to make effective presentations and to promote a positive image.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT: While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works in outside weather conditions. The employee is frequently required to stand, sit, walk, talk, hear, use repetitive motions of the wrists, hands and/or fingers, handler or operate objects, tools or controls, reach with hands and arms and perform similar actions during the course of the day. The employee must frequently lift and/or move moderate to heavy objects up to 50 pounds. The City of West Palm Beach promotes a drug/alcohol free work environment through the use of mandatory pre-employment drug testing.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: High school diploma or GED, vocational or trade school and one (1) year experience involving public contact, or equivalent combination of training and experience. Six (6) months experience in the construction trade, preferred. A valid Florida Driver’s license, required. Must possess and maintain Florida State Certification as a Fire Safety Inspector I and Fire Investigator I.

Last revision date: October 2012
Overtime: Yes
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