Inspect buildings and equipment to detect fire hazards and enforce state and local regulations.
Median Annual Wage: $56,130
Education: Some college, no degree (33%); Post-secondary certificate (23%); High school diploma or equivalent (21%)
Projected Growth: Slower than average (3% to 7%)
Related Job Titles: Fire Inspector; Fire Marshal; Fire Prevention Inspector; Fire Safety Inspector; State Fire Marshal; Fire Chief; Fire Prevention Specialist; Deputy Fire Marshal; Fire Official; Fire Protection Specialist
Present and explain fire code requirements and fire prevention information to architects, contractors, attorneys, engineers, developers, fire service personnel, and the general public.
Identify corrective actions necessary to bring properties into compliance with applicable fire codes, laws, regulations, and standards, and explain these measures to property owners or their representatives.
Attend training classes to maintain current knowledge of fire prevention, safety, and firefighting procedures.
Conduct fire code compliance follow-ups to ensure that corrective actions have been taken in cases where violations were found.
Write detailed reports of fire inspections performed, fire code violations observed, and corrective recommendations offered.
Inspect properties that store, handle, and use hazardous materials to ensure compliance with laws, codes, and regulations, and issue hazardous materials permits to facilities found in compliance.
Develop or review fire exit plans.
Inspect and test fire protection or fire detection systems to verify that such systems are installed in accordance with appropriate laws, codes, ordinances, regulations, and standards.
Conduct inspections and acceptance testing of newly installed fire protection systems.
Review blueprints and plans for new or remodeled buildings to ensure the structures meet fire safety codes.
Inspect liquefied petroleum installations, storage containers, and transportation and delivery systems for compliance with fire laws.
Develop and coordinate fire prevention programs, such as false alarm billing, fire inspection reporting, and hazardous materials management.
Conduct fire exit drills to monitor and evaluate evacuation procedures.
Teach public education programs on fire safety and prevention.
Testify in court regarding fire code and fire safety issues.
Recommend changes to fire prevention, inspection, and fire code endorsement procedures.