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Fire Inspectors Description

Inspect buildings and equipment to detect fire hazards and enforce state and local regulations.

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Building Inspector, Code Enforcement Officer, Code Official, Compliance Analyst, Compliance Coordinator, Compliance Manager, Deputy Fire Marshal, Fire Alarm Inspector, Fire and Building Code 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, Firefighter, Smoke Inspector, State Fire Marshal,

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Fire Inspectors Tasks
Core Tasks
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Present and explain fire code requirements and fire prevention information to architects, contractors, attorneys, engineers, developers, fire service personnel, and the general public.
  • 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 and coordinate fire prevention programs such as false alarm billing, fire inspection reporting, and hazardous materials management.
  • Teach public education programs on fire safety and prevention.
  • Recommend changes to fire prevention, inspection, and fire code endorsement procedures.
  • 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.
  • Develop or review fire exit plans.
  • 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.
  • Conduct fire exit drills to monitor and evaluate evacuation procedures.
  • Testify in court regarding fire code and fire safety issues.
Supplemental Tasks
  • 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.
  • Investigate causes of fires, collecting and preparing evidence and presenting it in court when necessary.
  • Issue permits for public assemblies.
  • Search for clues as to the cause of a fire, once the fire is completely extinguished.
  • Supervise staff, training them, planning their work, and evaluating their performance.
  • Serve court appearance summonses or condemnation notices on parties responsible for violations of fire codes, laws, and ordinances.

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