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Fire Marshal - City of Mercer Island ( Job # 19-0016)

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Minimum Salary: $10,908.00 per month
Maximum Salary: $10,908.00 per month
Employment Type: Full Time
Department: Fire
Open until filled.. Applications first reviewed on: Friday, May 31, 2019
(Open to current employees and the general public.)


Closes:     Open Until Filled - First Review of Applications on Friday, May 31, 2019
Salary:      $10,908 per month - 2018 salary.  2019 wages not settled.


The Fire Marshal is responsible for plan review, fire code inspections/enforcement, permit issuance, and other Fire Marshal duties as assigned by the Fire Chief.  This position requires a mixture of office work, field inspections, and contact with City personnel in various departments and representatives of local, state and federal agencies, and the public. The Fire Marshal is responsible for assigning work to and the supervision of the Assistant Fire Marshal. This position will reside at City Hall in the Community Planning and Development Department (CPD).

Supervision Received

This position works independently and provides professional-level services, exercising discretion and judgment in establishing priorities and managing workload.  Receives on-going supervision and consultation from the Deputy Fire Chief.  Some work assignments may be given in conjunction with projects involving the CPD or the Building Official as necessary.  Annual or as needed Performance Reviews are completed by the Deputy Fire Chief.

Essential Job Functions
  • Inspects for compliance with fire and life safety codes, City, State and Federal legislation applicable of all commercial, industrial, institutional and public occupancies.  Ensures corrective action is taken when violations are found.  Upon request, performs courtesy inspections of private residential occupancies.
  • Oversee and verify compliance of annual hazard inspections, fire flow tests, and fire protection systems tests as necessary.
  • Consults with Fire Department personnel on fire code enforcement and interpretation as a result of company inspections.
  • Completes follow-up inspections to company inspections on an annual basis.
  • Reviews plats, plans and related documents for compliance with applicable fire codes, related ordinances, and fire department policies, specifying in writing the needed requirements prior to permit issuance.  Works closely with Development Services Group employees on plans review issues.
  • Assists Building Inspectors in code-related matters and conducts complex plan reviews and inspection reports; review applications for permits and licenses.
  • Provides technical fire protection assistance to builders, contractors, developers, and the general public on fire-safe construction, installation of fire control systems, and operating policies, and compliance with procedures and codes.
  • Prepares written reports and documentation (including maintaining files and records) required by policy and legislation for effective and efficient operation.
  • Maintains knowledge of current codes, methods of fire control and changes in construction methods and materials through attendance at pertinent conferences, seminars, schools and meetings.
  • Budget preparation and administration of budget code FR 5100 as it pertains to the Fire Marshal Office.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the Fire Chief or his designee.
Qualification Requirements - (Minimum but not limited to)
  • Associates degree or equivalent education and experience in Fire Science, Fire Inspection, or Fire Protection Engineering (preferred).
  • Minimum of five years of experience as a full-time Firefighter, with a minimum of two years of experience performing Fire Prevention duties.
  • Successful completion of updated Fire Code/Fire Inspection classes within the last three years.
  • Phased attainment of certification by the International Code Council (ICC) in Residential Fire Sprinkler Inspector / Plans Examiner; Fire Inspector 1 & 2; Fire Plans Examiner; and Certified Fire Marshal, based on availability of training and certification evaluations.  This schedule shall be developed in collaboration with the Deputy Fire Chief establishing a specific time period.
  • Attainment of FM Accreditation from the Center for Public Safety Excellence (preferred).
  • Previous experience in public fire education, fire cause determination, fire service instruction, emergency preparedness training.
  • Must have working knowledge of the reasons and intent of fire code requirements as well as a working knowledge of building construction and fire protection systems.
  • Must have excellent reasoning and critical thinking skills with an ability to generate appropriate solutions.
  • Must be able to communicate fluently both orally and in writing in the English language.
  • Must have excellent written communication skills and the ability to write clear and concise memos, reports and other documentation.
  • Record of good work attendance.
  • Ability to work independently and organize many projects simultaneously and prioritize work.
  • Must have a working knowledge of computers and Microsoft Office programs including Word and Excel.
  • Must be able to establish and maintain good working relationships.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule as needed Monday-Friday to allow for early morning, evening or weekend appointments, training, or meetings. (Actual working schedule determined by the Deputy Fire Chief.)
  • Must be able to analyze situations and adopt a quick, effective and reasonable course of action, especially under conditions which may at times be psychologically and emotionally stressful.
  • Must be able to communicate effectively with people who are in physical or emotional distress, and deal with customers in a respectful, courteous manner.
  • Must have a valid Washington State Driver's License and evidence of a good driving record.  (A good driving record is a condition of employment and it will be checked.)
  • Must be able to meet the physical requirements of the position and be able to oversee and verify compliance of occupancy inspections, annual hazard inspections, fire flow tests, and fire protection system tests as necessary.
  • Must have a social security card/proof of citizenship or authorization to work in the United States.
Working Conditions and Physical Abilities
  • Work is performed in a variety of settings and conditions, both office and outside work in all kinds of weather conditions. Must be able to drive to locations throughout the City.  This position is required to have flexible work hours and occasionally attend morning, evening and weekend meetings and training.  Some travel to off-site locations may be required.  Hand-eye coordination and fine-manipulation skills are necessary to operate computers and various office machinery. Must be able to climb stairs and ladders and walk on scaffolding.   Must be able to crouch, kneel/squat, crawl, reach, and bend at the waist.  This position also requires good vision, as well as good listening and hearing skills. Occasional lifting of up to 50 pounds is sometimes required.


City Hall
9611 SE 36th Street
Mercer Island, WA 98040