Fire Investigator

Fire investigators are former firefighters who research the cause of fires. They collect evidence and interview witnesses in order to compile reports to determine whether a fire was caused by criminal negligence or arson. Fire investigators may be asked to testify in court or serve as expert witnesses. Fire investigators are often employed by the state, but may also serve police departments and insurance companies.

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Battalion Fire Chief

Organizes, coordinates and manages emergency incidents and oversees the operations of fire stations.

Battalon Chiefs organize activities at fire responses by planning strategy, executing coordination of units, and accounting for the safety of all units. They also provide administrative requirements by collecting, reviewing, and editing all incoming paperwork, disseminating information, maintaining records, and allocating personnel and resources. Responsibilities also include developing personnel by overseeing training operations, developing training objectives, evaluating and counseling subordinates.

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Fire Prevention Inspector

Under direction from the Fire Chief, the Fire Prevention Inspector issues fire permits, conducts fire permit inspections and fire education programs, identifies, investigates and resolves potential violations of municipal, state, national, and international laws, ordinances, codes and regulations including, but not limited to, building and fire codes and nuisance abatement regulations, and provides information and general assistance to business owners, homeowners, tenants, and the public.

This classification is distinguished by the performance of tasks that include plan review, administration of fire prevention programs, conducts routine fire inspections as needed in the community, oversees new construction and alterations and performs related duties as required.

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Fire Marshal

Under general supervision from the Fire Chief, performs professional and technical work in the field of fire prevention for the Department.

Holds responsibility for the fire prevention division; enforces the provisions of the Fire Prevention code and the laws and regulations pertaining to fire preventionand fire protection, reviews building and fire sprinkler plans to assure fire code requirements are met, and investigates origin and circumstances of fires which involve loss of life, injury to any person or persons or damage or destruction of property.

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Forest Fire Inspector and Prevention Specialist

Forest fire inspector and prevention specialists determine the cause of forest fires and also research various ways forest fires can be prevented. These men and women interview witnesses, collect evidence, and write reports in order to understand the cause of a forest fire so that future fires can be avoided. Forest fire inspector and prevention specialists also help to enforce fire regulations and inspect forests for potential fire hazards.


Fire Captain

Under direction of the Fire Operations Chief, plans, organizes, coordinates and directs the emergency and non-emergency activities of a fire suppression company; commands emergency response scenes; directs and performs a variety of staff support functions; plans, organizes, coordinates and directs fire inspection and prevention programs; and performs related work as assigned.

This is the first-level supervisor and company commander class, responsible for overseeing and directing the department’s day-to-day activities. Incumbents report to the Fire Operations Chief, which is a 40-hour per week position, and exercise overall supervision of department activities and personnel in the absence of the Fire Operations Chief.

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