- What will I be doing?
- Do I qualify?
- Can I be successful?
- How do I apply?
This is supervisory and administrative inspection work in the Department of Public Safety ensuring conformity and compliance by various state licensed/exempted facilities and businesses to national, state and local fire safety codes, statutes, rules and regulations.
An employee in this class is responsible for directing staff and coordinating fire safety inspections for the Division of Fire Safety in an assigned geographical region of the state. Work involves supervising a group of Fire Inspectors who independently perform initial, annual and renewal inspections of licensed/certified senior citizen centers, hotels, state-operated mental health facilities, child care facilities, wholesale and retail fireworks businesses, etc., to ensure compliance with applicable fire safety codes, statues, rules and regulations. Work also involves conducting fire inspections; reviewing reports submitted by subordinates; and conducting educational fire safety seminars and presentations for fire service and related groups. General supervision is received from the Assistant State Fire Marshall or another designated administrative superior; however, the employee exercises a high degree of initiative and independent judgment in carrying out assignments.
Supervises, trains, evaluates, coordinates and assigns work to subordinate Fire Inspectors within an assigned geographic region of the state.
Coordinates and/or conducts initial, annual and renewal inspections of facilities and businesses that are licensed/exempted by various state agencies (i.e., Department of Health, Department of Mental Health, Division of Family Service, Division of Fire Safety) to ensure conformity and compliance with applicable fire safety codes, statutes, rules and regulations.
Oversees or conducts inspections of framing, wiring, fire alarm and sprinkler systems during and upon completion of new construction to determine compliance with approved building and site plans and ensure adequate fire protections before a license to operate is issued.
Tracks initial, annual and renewal fire safety inspections in order to assign the inspections to subordinates and ensure their completion; ensures any required re-inspections are conducted and verifies that all recommended improvements and corrections have been made.
Assists architects, engineers, licensed childcare providers, city and county officials, etc., with fire safety, prevention and building code questions; reviews and approves plans or blueprints for new construction and remodeling plans for existing facilities.
Provides on-site assistance and consultation to subordinate Fire Inspectors with problematic and/or complex fire safety inspections.
Reviews and approves weekly and monthly inspection and re-inspection reports, weekly activity logs, surveys and leave requests submitted by subordinates.
Assists other Division of Fire Safety staff in drafting or revising fire safety rules and regulations; develops and/or assists in the development of personnel and operational policies and procedures for the fire inspection units.
Acts a liaison between the Division of Fire Safety and customer state agencies.
Conducts educational fire safety seminars and presentations for fire service and related groups.
Maintains requisite training and Missouri Fire Inspector Certification; ensures fire inspection unit staff have obtained/maintained Missouri Fire Inspector Certification; assists other Division of Fire Safety staff in developing and/or conducting requisite training and certification courses (i.e., Missouri’s Fire Inspector Certification Program).
Performs other related work as assigned.
(The following minimum qualifications will determine merit system eligibility. Allowable experience and education substitutions are provided in italics below the corresponding minimum qualification statement; no other substitutions will be permitted. These minimum qualifications may also be used to evaluate applicants for Missouri Uniform Classification and Pay System positions not requiring selection from merit registers.)
Two years of experience as a Fire Inspector with the Division of Fire Safety.
Five years of experience as a firefighter, fire officer, inspector or closely related fire service work in a municipal, military or governmental fire department, fire prevention bureau or related fire service entity; of which at least three years must have involved experience in fire safety and/or related inspections; and possession of a high school diploma or proof of high school equivalency. (College coursework with specialization in fire science or a closely related field may be substituted for up to two years of the stated general experience.)
Ability to obtain a Missouri Fire Inspector Certification within timeframes specified by the Division of Fire Safety.
Possession of a valid Missouri vehicle operator’s license.
Please note that documentation that supports your eligibility (i.e. transcripts, employment records, etc.) may be required at any time during the application and hiring process. If you do not possess the minimum qualifications, please consider one of many other employment opportunities with the State of Missouri.
Do you possess the key skills which are considered essential for successful employment in this classification?
Thorough knowledge of applicable fire safety codes, statutes, rules and regulations.
Thorough knowledge of possible fire and related safety hazards; preventive techniques and methods; and related equipment, materials and safety features for various facilities and businesses.
Thorough knowledge of inspection methods and techniques.
Working knowledge of the principles and practices of basic supervision, training and employee evaluation.
Skill in recognizing potential fire and safety hazards.
Ability to train, motivate and evaluate subordinate inspection staff.
Ability to identify, interpret and apply applicable fire safety codes, statutes, rules and regulations for various licensed/exempted facilities and businesses within an assigned geographic region.
Ability to critically observe, obtain data and prepare reports on findings.
Ability to propose and develop effective solutions to fire and safety hazards identified during inspections.
Ability to conduct public education programs and make group presentations.
Ability to communicate clearly and effectively.
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