Inspects buildings and equipment to detect fire hazards. Enforces state and local regulations.
This career is part of the Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security cluster Emergency and Fire Management Services pathway.
A person in this career:
- Inspects 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.
- Identifies corrective actions necessary to bring properties into compliance with applicable fire codes, laws, regulations, and standards, and explains these measures to property owners or their representatives.
- Presents and explains fire code requirements and fire prevention information to architects, contractors, attorneys, engineers, developers, fire service personnel, and the general public.
- Attends training classes to maintain current knowledge of fire prevention, safety, and firefighting procedures.
- Conducts fire code compliance follow-ups to ensure that corrective actions have been taken in cases where violations were found.
- Writes detailed reports of fire inspections performed, fire code violations observed, and corrective recommendations offered.
- Inspects properties that store, handle, and use hazardous materials to ensure compliance with laws, codes, and regulations, and issues hazardous materials permits to facilities found in compliance.
- Develops or reviews fire exit plans.
- Inspects and tests fire protection or fire detection systems to verify that such systems are installed in accordance with appropriate laws, codes, ordinances, regulations, and standards.
- Conducts inspections and acceptance testing of newly installed fire protection systems.