CHARACTERISTICS OF THE CLASS
Under the general supervision of the Code Compliance Director, is responsible for fire inspections and enforcement of City fire codes and ordinances. Conducts investigations of fires as to the cause and origin. Promotes fire prevention through public presentation. Work is reviewed through observation, conferences, reports, and results obtained. Performs other work as required.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
A. ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONSInspects new/existing buildings during and after construction to ensure compliance with the Fire Prevention Code and/or applicable sections of the building code and approved plans.
Inspects existing and new businesses for fire code violations. Follow process until compliance is met including preparing and presenting cases to the Code Enforcement Board if necessary.
Participate in and evaluate fire evacuation drills throughout the community when requested.
Respond to complaints of fire code violations that are sent to Fire Prevention Section by way of the public or discovered by Fire Department pre-plan inspections. The Inspector will take corrective action if necessary.
Prepare stipulations for businesses and organizations for special activity requests from banners to concerts and carnivals.
Position may include life safety plan reviews, as well as plan review of fire suppression system and fire detection systems.
Identifies code violations, issues correction notices. Writes reports of inspections, hazards, location of explosives, and storage of large amounts of flammable or toxic materials.
Investigates fire causes, explosions and bomb threats. Work with law enforcement agencies where arson is suspected to prepare evidence for State Attorney’s Office. Make court appearances and testifies as to investigative findings.
Reads and interprets construction drawings, continuous study of updated codes and changes to local, state, and federal laws as they relate to construction and inspection.
Prepare and presents programs on fire prevention to citizen groups, schools and other organizations.
Reviews construction plans for compliance with fire protection features as required by various federal, state, and local codes. Conducts inspections to assure compliance with applicable codes.
B. MARGINAL FUNCTIONS
Ability to use a computer to perform database functions.
A. TRAINING AND EXPERIENCEHigh school diploma, GED, or certificate of competency recognized by the State of Florida. A current municipal Fire Safety Inspector’s Certificate of Compliance issued by the Division of State Fire Marshal is required. Must possess or be able to obtain a valid State of Florida driver’s license.
B. KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIESKnowledge of fire prevention and building codes.
Knowledge of investigative principles and techniques as well as applicable laws in developing evidence for courtroom presentations.
Ability to deal effectively and tactfully with the public to secure compliance with codes.
Ability to communicate clearly, both orally and in writing.
Ability to schedule inspections, monitor progress of corrections made in the field through completion in an effective and efficient manner.
Be able to monitor case load in an effective manner.
Knowledge of the geography of the City.
Ability to read and interpret blueprints and other drawings.
Ability to work effectively with others.
Ability to fairly and impartially interpret and enforce the appropriate City codes.
Ability to meet the physical demands of the job.
C. PHYSICAL AND MENTAL REQUIREMENTS
Ability to work in heat, cold, around noises and other undesirable weather conditions.
Ability to operate motor vehicles including small trucks, vans or cars.
Ability to hear and comprehend conversations spoken at various tones of voice and various speeds.
Ability to operate a portable radio (pac-set) or base station.
Ability to see, read, write, speak and comprehend conversation and symbols in English.
Ability to operate a camera, which requires dexterity in hands and fingers.
Ability to walk, stand and sit for periods of time not to exceed four (4) hours consecutively.
Ability to climb steps and ladders to a height of twenty-five (25) feet in order to perform inspections.
Ability to lift weights not to exceed fifty (50) lbs. and carry for distances not to exceed fifty (50) yards.
Ability to bend, stoop, crawl, kneel and squat periodically.
Ability to work irregular hours.
Ability to use hands, wrists, and fingers to type and write.
THIS JOB DESCRIPTION IS NOT INTENDED TO BE AND SHOULD NOT BE CONSTRUED AS AN ALL INCLUSIVE LIST OF ALL THE RESPONSIBILITIES, SKILLS OR WORKING CONDITIONS ASSOCIATED WITH THE POSITION. WHILE IT IS INTENDED TO ACCURATELY REFLECT THE POSITION ACTIVITIES AND REQUIREMENTS, MANAGEMENT RESERVES THE RIGHT TO MODIFY, ADD OR REMOVE DUTIES AND ASSIGN OTHER DUTIES AS NECESSARY. THIS JOB DESCRIPTION DOES NOT CONSTITUTE A WRITTEN OR IMPLIED CONTRACT OF EMPLOYMENT.
Revision Date - 08/31/06