Fire Prevention Inspector (Non-Safety)

City of Vallejo, CA - Vallejo, CA


This recruitment is being conducted to fill one full-time Fire Prevention Inspector (Non- Sworn) vacancy. The list established by this recruitment may be used to fill future full-time, part-time, limited term, and extra help vacancies for up to one year.

Fire Prevention Inspectors conduct technical fire inspections, public fire education, and perform investigative work to ensure compliance with laws, ordinances and regulations pertaining to the prevention and control of fires, and the safe storage, handling and use of hazardous materials.


Fire Inspector personnel work under general supervision from the Fire Prevention Manager. Responsibilities may include providing functional or technical assistance to sworn and non-sworn personnel in areas related to fire prevention, public fire education and fire investigation activities.

Examples of Duties
The following duties are considered essential for this job classification:

Interpret and enforce provisions of fire prevention, hazardous materials and fire safety laws, ordinances and other regulations;
Interpret building plans and consult with building owners and builders when required;
Conduct routine technical construction inspections;
Research problems, analyze various approaches and recommend solutions;
Prepare and maintain records and reports;
Perform periodic and follow-up inspections of new and existing buildings, structures and installations requiring Fire Department clearances;
Issue permits for public assemblies and all occupancies listed in the City of Vallejo fire prevention fees schedule; conduct hazardous materials inspections, issue hazardous materials permits and research technical resources concerning hazardous materials;
Investigate causes of fire, seeking assistance from the Fire Prevention Manager, Contract Fire Investigator, or the Fire Marshal for those incidents appearing incendiary in nature, involving fraud, or injury to a civilian or Firefighter;
Collect, prepare and present evidence in court when required;
Investigate complaints pertaining to violation of fire prevention laws;
Issue corrective orders and citations;
Provide assistance with the weed abatement program as needed;
Develop and coordinate fire prevention programs, such as false alarm billing, fire inspection reporting;
Conduct fire prevention and inspection training sessions for engine companies;
Perform follow-up inspections of company inspections when necessary;
Develop and conduct training programs and group presentations relative to fire prevention and fire investigation;
Represent the Department before citizens and groups;
Provide information to the public concerning fire prevention practices and procedures.
Perform related duties as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications

Principles, practices and techniques of fire prevention; federal, state and local fire prevention codes and ordinances; principles and operations of automatic fire detection and suppression equipment.

Apply technical knowledge, follow proper inspection techniques, and detect deviations from plans, regulations, and standard safety practices;
Perform fire prevention inspection for a variety of buildings, structures, and installations;
Learn arrest, search and seizure procedures;
Principles and techniques of building inspection work;
Learn practices, procedures and equipment used in fire investigations, including the ability to recognize and collect evidence;
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 good customer service practices and 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;
Learn to 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;
Develop and conduct fire prevention and fire investigation activities.

Experience and Training Guidelines:
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:

Sufficient fire prevention experience to demonstrate possession of the knowledge and abilities listed above.

Equivalent to completion of a certificate program in Fire Technology or Fire Science from an accredited college; or completion of California State Board of Fire Services accredited courses Fire Prevention 1A, and 1B.*

Highly Desirable Certifications:The following education is highly desirable:
Fire Prevention 1C
Fire Investigation 1A* and 1B*
Completion of an Associate of Arts degree in Fire Technology or Fire Science
California State Board of Fire Services accredited courses Fire Instructor 1A and 1B;
Fire Prevention 2A, 2B and/or 2C
California State Board of fire Services accredited course Public Education 1A
POST certification PC 823 course*
Candidates hired without the certifications marked with an asterisk (*) above, are required to complete the courses, and provide proof of certification prior to completion of original probationary period. Candidates who do not complete the required courses and provide proof of certification prior to the end of their original probationary period will not pass probation.

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.
Supplemental Information
Step 1: Application Submittal and Supplemental Responses
In order to be considered for this position, you must: 1) complete the online application for the City of Vallejo Fire Prevention Inspector; 2) respond fully to ALL supplemental questions at the end of the online application; 3) attach a cover letter describing your interest in the position; 4) attach your current resume detailing your education, experience, and qualifications for this position; and 5) attach at least one of the following, but all that you possess (a.) a certificate of completion in a Fire Technology or Fire Science program from an accredited college (or proof of equivalent education); (b.) proof of completion of the California State Board of Fire Services Fire Prevention 1A and 1B courses; (c.) if you have already completed Fire Investigation 1A and 1B and POST PC 832, please attach those certificates of completion as well.
Applications received without being fully completed, and without the required cover letter, resume, responses to the supplemental questions, and proof of certifications will be considered incomplete and will not be given further consideration.

NOTE: Successful completion of Fire Investigation 1A and 1B and POST certification PC 832 are required prior to completion of the original probationary period.

Step 2: Applicant Screening
Application will be screened for minimum qualifications. Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications for the position will be invited to participate in the written examination process. ***In order to prepare for the written examination process, we highly recommend candidates know how to use the California Fire Code as a working tool on the job.

Pool of Candidates:
The City reserves the right to limit the number of candidates to those determined to be best qualified based upon all requested application materials, including training and experience, current resume, and responses to supplemental questions.

Step 3: Examination:
The examination process will include a written examination weighted at 100% of the candidate's score. The written examination is scheduled for Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at the JFK Library (Joseph Room) 505 Santa Clara Street, Vallejo, CA 94590. Candidates must achieve a score of 70% or higher in order to be placed on the Register of Eligibles list. Candidates will be notified by email of any changes to the date, time and location of the scheduled written examination.

Step 4: Department Interview
Names of candidates who qualify for placement on the Register of Eligibles list will be forwarded to the hiring department for additional assessment of qualifications. This may include, but not be limited to, a hiring interview. The hiring department reserves the right to determine the number of candidates referred for hiring consideration.

Step 5: Final Selection
Names of candidates who qualify for placement on the Register of Eligibles List will be forwarded to the department for final interviews based on their performance in the exam. The number of candidates referred for a hiring interview is at the discretion of the hiring department.

The City of Vallejo is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to applicants as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA). Qualified individuals with disabilities who need a reasonable accommodation during the application, assessment or selection process may contact the Human Resources Department to request an accommodation. Please contact Lisa Townsend at (707) 648-5402 or send an email to: no later than January 27, 2019.

The selected candidate will be required to: 1) Successfully complete a job-related pre-placement medical exam. 2) Submit to and successfully pass a pre-employment background check, including fingerprint check and reference check. 3) Provide proof of legal right to work in the United States.

Disaster Service Workers - All City of Vallejo ("City") employees are designated Disaster Service Workers ("DSW") by state law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all DSW-related training as assigned and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.

Veteran's Preference - Veteran's preference points will be applied in accordance with Civil Service Rule 24. A copy of the DD 214 form must be filed at time of application.

Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE) - The City of Vallejo is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It is the policy of the City of Vallejo to provide equal employment opportunity for all qualified persons. All applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, ancestry, medical condition (cancer and genetic characteristics), genetic information, or denial of medical and family care leave, or any other non-job-related factors.

Note: The provisions in this bulletin do not constitute a contract, expressed or implied, and any provisions contained in this bulletin may be modified or revoked without notice.