Fire Inspector

  • 508721

SUMMARY: Under limited supervision, performs arson investigations; new and existing construction inspections; performs reviews of building construction plans; investigates fires to determine cause and origin; educates the public in fire safety and fire prevention code requirements; presents educational programs at school and other events; may perform other 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)
  1. Inspects places of public assembly such as auditoriums, theatres, halls, etc., and business, industrial and institutional occupancies for compliance with local fire prevention regulations; orders corrections of hazardous conditions.
  2. Prepares detailed discrepancy reports for building owners/managers to indicate deficiencies and suggests remedies for correction.
  3. Assumes control of fire scenes and provides for the security of evidence until completion of the investigation.
  4. Prepares investigation reports.
  5. Testifies in trials, hearings, and depositions; participates in searches, seizures and confiscations.
  6. Performs review of building plans and specifications for compliance with applicable codes and ordinances.
  7. Develops materials such as slides, films, audio visuals, pamphlets and brochures to be utilized in presenting safety programs.
  8. Performs related work as needed.
  • Knowledge of local and State fire safety laws, codes, and ordinances.
  • Knowledge of fire hazards in various types of occupancies.
  • Knowledge of the storage and handling of flammable liquids and explosive materials.
  • Knowledge of the principles, practices and procedures of fire prevention, inspection and investigation.
  • Knowledge of fire investigation techniques and procedures.
  • Skills in oral and written communications.
  • Skills in public relations.
  • Ability to recognize existing and potential fire and casualty hazards in a wide variety of structures and installations.
  • Ability to perform effective inspection methods and techniques.
  • Ability to prepare clear and concise reports.
  • Ability to operate office, photography and fire fighting equipment.
  • Ability to act effectively in emergency and stressful situations.
  • Ability to follow verbal and written instructions.
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
  • Ability to speak effectively before groups and to make favorable presentations.
  • Ability to enforce fire safety codes firmly, tactfully and impartially
  • Ability to establish effective working relationships with employees, other agencies and the general public.
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: Graduated from high school or an equivalent recognized certification; or equivalent combination of related training and experience. A valid Florida driver’s license, Class D with an E endorsement, is required.

NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENT: Must be able to obtain State Certification as a Municipal Fire Safety Inspector within six (6) months of date of appointment.
Last revision date: February 2007
Overtime: Yes
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