CHARACTERISTICS OF THE CLASS
Under the general supervision of the Code Compliance Director, is responsible for fire inspections, enforcement of City fire codes, building codes, ordinances, and a variety of specialized inspection tasks to enforce all City building and related codes. Incumbents will also perform technical work in the inspection of new and existing buildings and structures to enforce conformance to building and zoning laws and approved plans, specifications, and standards. 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 FUNCTIONS
Inspects new/existing buildings during and after construction to ensure compliance with both the fire prevention code and applicable sections of the building code and approved plans.
Identifies code violations; issues correction notices and stop work orders. 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. Works with law enforcement agencies where arson is suspected to prepare evidence for State Attorney's office. Makes court appearances and testifies as to investigative findings.
Prepares and presents programs on fire prevention to citizen groups, schools, and 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 all other applicable codes.
Acts as mediator to resolve minor disputes between owners, builders, and developers.
B. MARGINAL FUNCTIONS
Ability to use a computer to perform database functions.
A. TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE
High school diploma, GED, or equivalent certificate of competency; experience in the building and construction trades, or an equivalent combination of training and experience is preferred. The possession of a current municipal Fire Safety Inspector's Certificate of Compliance issued by the Division of State Fire Marshal, Certification as a Building Inspector or other Building Trade Certification by FDBPR, Certification as a Level I, II, and III Code Enforcement Officer thru FACE, in any combination, is required. Must possess and maintain a valid State of Florida driver’s license.
B. KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
Knowledge 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.
Knowledge of modern practices and methods employed in building inspections.
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) yds.
Ability to bend, stoop, kneel, crawl and squat periodically.
Ability to work irregular hours.
Ability to use hands, wrists, and fingers to write and type.
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 - 03/04/2004