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Fire Plans Examiner (Fire Prevention Officer Payroll Title) - City of Bellevue ( Job # 13-0075)

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Minimum Salary: $5,479.43 per month
Maximum Salary: $7,113.37 per month
Employment Type: Full Time
Department: Fire
Closes: September 10, 2014 at 3:05 PM
(Open to current employees and the general public.)


The City of Bellevue Fire Department is currently accepting applications for a Fire Plans Examiner in our Fire Prevention Division.

The position will review and approve plans and specifications for fire suppression, fire detection, special hazards, high piled storage and hazardous materials installations. Review building construction and site development plans for compliance with fire and life-safety codes, and City ordinances. Help answer questions with architects, contractors and other members of the general public, at the counter and by telephone. Work with city staff, developers, architects, engineers, and builders to inform, monitor, and ensure professional and timely project permit issuance by conducting plan reviews, scheduling meetings, and monitoring the permitting process. Assist in the preparation and adoption of fire codes and fire prevention ordinances and standards, and related work as assigned.

Individuals in this position will also be expected to become proficient conducting inspections in existing and newly constructed buildings and investigate the cause and origin of fires.

Job Responsibilities

  • Review technical drawings and plans for conformity with fire codes, city ordinances and fire protection standards
  • Ability to use strong human relations and communications skills.
  • Enforce fire prevention codes and standards in existing and newly constructed buildings and occupancies.
  • Serve as a technical consultant on fire and life safety prevention fundamentals to fire suppression forces engaged in company fire prevention programs
  • Maintain an oversight role to a geographically defined area of the city with respect to fire loss, fire investigation, fire inspection practices, and public education program delivery
  • Investigation of fire cause and point of origin
  • Collection of evidence
  • Supervises various activities on a fire scene as it relates to fire investigation.
  • Interview witnesses, write reports, and building comprehensive cases for the prosecution of arsonists.
  • Analyze physical evidence, circumstance and motive
  • Use a variety of tools to move debris and collect evidence at a scene of a fire.
  • Investigate the cause and origin of fires.



  • Fire and city life safety plans review experience preferred.
  • College-level course work in fire prevention fundamentals.
  • Word processing and data entry experience.
  • Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Organization and detail-orientated skills.
  • Certified as a fire inspector or ability to acquire within 6 months.
  • Two years of experience as a fire inspector utilizing fire codes.
  • Fire investigation experience preferred.
  • Must be able to kneel, stoop, climb and lift 30+ pounds.
  • Ability to work on-call as required.
  • Valid Washington State Driver’s License.

Additional information

  • Incumbents are exposed to a variety of hazards.
  • This is a Full Time, Non-Exempt, Union position
Physical Demands
  • The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Work involves walking, talking, hearing, using hands to handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls, and reaching with hands and arms. Vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
  • The employee may be required to push, pull, lift, and/or carry up to 30 pounds.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderately quiet while in the office and moderately loud when in the field.

How to Apply

Click "Apply Now" to complete the application for this position.  For further information about the job, please contact Ken Carlson via email at or at 425-452-6874.  If you need technical assistance with the online application, please contact our IT helpdesk at 425-452-4340.


Payroll Title: Fire Prevention Officer      Position ID: 1385


Bellevue City Hall
450 110th Ave NE
Bellevue, WA 98004