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Fire Inspectors

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Protective Services
Job Family: Fire Service
Benchmark Title: Fire Inspectors
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
Inspect buildings and equipment to detect fire hazards and enforce state and local regulations. Inspect buildings to locate hazardous conditions and fire code violations such as accumulations of combustible material, electrical wiring problems, and inadequate or non-functional fire exits.
 
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.
 
Conduct inspections and acceptance testing of newly installed fire protection systems.
 
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 fire code compliance follow-ups to ensure that corrective actions have been taken in cases where violations were found.
 
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.
 
Write detailed reports of fire inspections performed, fire code violations observed, and corrective recommendations offered.
 
Develop or review fire exit plans.
 
Review blueprints and plans for new or remodeled buildings to ensure the structures meet fire safety codes.
 
Attend training classes to maintain current knowledge of fire prevention, safety, and firefighting procedures.
 
Present and explain fire code requirements and fire prevention information to architects, contractors, attorneys, engineers, developers, fire service personnel, and the general public.
 
Conduct fire exit drills to monitor and evaluate evacuation procedures.
 
Inspect liquefied petroleum installations, storage containers, and transportation and delivery systems for compliance with fire laws.
 
Search for clues as to the cause of a fire, once the fire is completely extinguished.
 
Develop and coordinate fire prevention programs such as false alarm billing, fire inspection reporting, and hazardous materials management.
 
Testify in court regarding fire code and fire safety issues.
 
Recommend changes to fire prevention, inspection, and fire code endorsement procedures.
 
Investigate causes of fires, collecting and preparing evidence and presenting it in court when necessary.
 
Issue permits for public assemblies.
 
Serve court appearance summonses or condemnation notices on parties responsible for violations of fire codes, laws, and ordinances.
 
Supervise staff, training them, planning their work, and evaluating their performance.
 
Arrange for the replacement of defective fire fighting equipment and for repair of fire alarm and sprinkler systems, making minor repairs such as servicing fire extinguishers when feasible.
 
Collect fees for permits and licenses.
 
Teach public education programs on fire safety and prevention.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Protective Services
Job Family: Fire Service
Benchmark Title: Fire Inspectors
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Public Safety and Security Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
 
Building and Construction Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
 
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
 
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
 
Law and Government Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
 
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
 
Clerical Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
 
Mechanical Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
 
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
 
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
 
Communications and Media Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
 
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
 
Chemistry Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
 
Design Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
 
Physics Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Protective Services
Job Family: Fire Service
Benchmark Title: Fire Inspectors
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Quality Control Analysis Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
 
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
 
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
 
Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
Systems Analysis Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Systems Evaluation Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
Science Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
 
Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
 
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
Persuasion Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
 
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
 
Mathematics Using mathematics to solve problems.
 
Troubleshooting Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Protective Services
Job Family: Fire Service
Benchmark Title: Fire Inspectors
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
 
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
 
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
 
Visual Color Discrimination The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Speed of Closure The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
Multilimb Coordination The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
 
Arm-Hand Steadiness The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
 
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
 
Control Precision The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
 
Hearing Sensitivity The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
 
Fluency of Ideas The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
 
Mathematical Reasoning The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
 
Number Facility The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
 
Time Sharing The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
 
Manual Dexterity The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
 
Depth Perception The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
 
Auditory Attention The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Protective Services
Job Family: Fire Service
Benchmark Title: Fire Inspectors
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
On-the-Job Training Over 6 months, up to and including 1 year
 
Required Level of Education Some College Courses
 
Related Work Experience Over 2 years, up to and including 4 years
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Protective Services
Job Family: Fire Service
Benchmark Title: Fire Inspectors
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Building Inspector
Code Enforcement Officer
Code Official
Compliance Analyst
Compliance Coordinator
Compliance Manager
Deputy Fire Marshal
Fire Alarm Inspector
Fire Captain
Fire Chief
Fire Code Inspector
Fire Equipment Inspector
Fire Extinguisher Inspector
Fire Extinguisher Sprinkler Inspector
Fire Fighter/EMT
Fire Hazard Inspector
Fire Inspections Coordinator
Fire Inspector
Fire Investigator
Fire Lieutenant
Fire Marshal
Fire Official
Fire Prevention Director
Fire Prevention Inspection Specialist
Fire Prevention Inspector
Fire Prevention Officer
Fire Prevention Specialist
Fire Prevention Supervisor
Fire Prevention Training Officer
Fire Protection Specialist
Fire Safety Director
Fire Safety Inspector
Fire Sprinkler Apparatus Inspector
Fire and Building Code Inspector
Firefighter
Smoke Inspector
State Fire Marshal
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Protective Services
Job Family: Fire Service
Benchmark Title: Fire Inspectors
 
 
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