Knowledge of: Principles, practices and techniques of fire prevention; department policies and procedures; federal, state and local fire prevention codes and ordinances; arrest, search and seizure procedures; principles and techniques of building inspection work; practices, procedures and equipment used in fire investigations, including the ability to recognize and collect evidence; procedures and techniques of operation of equipment such as fire extinguishers, sprinkler systems and alarms; procedures and techniques used to control hazardous materials.
Ability to: Apply technical knowledge, follow proper inspection techniques, and detect deviations from plans, regulations, and standard safety practices; perform journey-level fire prevention inspection for a variety of buildings, structures, and installations; enforce a variety of codes, ordinances, and regulations pertaining to fire prevention and hazardous materials with firmness and tact; read and interpret building plans; maintain cooperative relations with builders, contractors, businesses and the public; interpret and enforce federal, state and local fire prevention and hazardous materials codes and ordinances; identify fire hazards and recommend corrective actions; identify types and determine causes of fires; recognize, identify, and preserve evidence; effectively interview witnesses and suspects; work effectively without close supervision; comprehend and make inferences from written material; communicate effectively orally and in writing; prepare and maintain a variety of records and reports; participate in structured classroom lecture as both student and instructor; make effective presentations in front of groups; and develop and conduct fire prevention and fire investigation activities.
Experience and Education: Any combination equivalent to experience and education that could likely provide the required knowledge and abilities would be qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be: Experience - Sufficient fire prevention experience to demonstrate possession of the knowledge and abilities listed above; Education - Equivalent to completion of a certificate program in Fire Technology or Fire Science from an accredited college; and California State Board of Fire Services accredited courses Fire Inspector 1A, 1B, 1C and 1D, and Fire Investigation 1A and 1B. Completion of an Associate Degree, or equivalent in Fire Technology or Fire Science and California State Board of Fire Services accredited courses Fire Training Instructor 1A and 1B, Fire Inspector 2A, 2B, 2C and 2D, and Public Education 1 are highly desirable. Must successfully complete a POST certified PC 832 course and ICC California Underground Storage Tank Inspector certification prior to completion of the probationary period and maintain thereafter throughout employment.
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This classification requires the use of a personal or City vehicle while conducting City business. Individuals must be physically capable of operating the vehicle in a safe manner, including during emergency operation and response, and must possess and maintain a valid California Class C motor vehicle operator's license.
Incumbents must obtain an Emergency Medical Technician 1 (EMT-1) certification and Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation certification prior to the completion of the probationary period and thereafter maintain throughout employment.
Incumbents assigned to this classification, when performing actual fire cause investigations or other fire prevention activities, will be required to work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions; tolerate very hot and very cold temperatures; move debris and dirt or other material using a shovel or rake; walk over rough, uneven or rocky surfaces; work at heights greater than 10 feet; climb ladders or steps to reach objects; wear a self-contained breathing apparatus; hear alarms and other auditory warning devices; observe or monitor objects, such as fire protection equipment and systems, and buildings and underground storage tanks, or data, such as underground tank test results, to comply with safety standards; work in small, cramped areas; use common hand tools; bend or stoop repeatedly or continually over time; use stomach and lower back muscles to support the body; perform physical inventories; discriminate among colors or match colors of wiring systems and color coded valves and piping; move objects, such as portable generators, tools, equipment and evidence, weighing up to 50 pounds over long distances; stand or walk for extended periods of time with the inability to rest at will; and use arms above shoulder level.
When not performing duties in the field, incumbents work in an indoor office setting and are required to enter data into a terminal, PC or keyboard device; produce written documents using proper grammar, punctuation, and spelling; use graphic instructions, blueprints and layouts as part of the plan review process when checking for code compliance; and sit for extended periods of time with the ability to move at will.