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Fire Inspector I

Forest Park

Listing Summary

Department: FIRE
Job Status: Full-Time
Rate of Pay: $58,983.11 - $79,037.36 


The purpose of this classification is to inspect and bring into code compliance commercial and multi-family residential buildings for violations of Fire and Life Safety requirements per State of Georgia Fire Prevention Code and City of Forest Park Code of Ordinances. Employees in this classification educate the public regarding life safety matters and investigates fires to determine the origin and cause.


  • Prepares correspondence and inspection reports, handles complaints, and maintenance of records, as well as participation in legal proceedings and maintenance of an open dialogue with the plan examiner and emergency response personnel.
  • Prepare inspection reports, given agency policy and procedures, and observations from an assigned field inspection, so that the report is clear and concise and reflects the findings of the inspection in accordance with the applicable codes and standards and the policies of the Authority Having Jurisdiction.(AHJ).
  • Recognize the need for a permit, given a situation or condition, so that requirements for permits are communicated in accordance with the applicable codes and standards and the policed of the jurisdiction.
  • Investigate common complaints, given a reported situation or condition, so that complaint information is recorded, the AHJ-approved process is initiated, and the complaint is resolved.
  • Conducts inspections of new, multi-unit, commercial, and industrial structures in the City for architectural and structural integrity to ensure compliance with fire codes.
  • The ability to conduct code-related research, write reports.
  • Investigates fire cause and origin; prepares investigation reports; investigates fire false alarms.
  • Provides technical assistance and information concerning fire/life safety codes, requirements, deficiencies, violations, and related issues; responds to questions or complaints; researches code enforcement questions/issues as needed.
  • Maintains current resource/support materials such as map books, law books, codes, ordinances, manufacturer listings, computer files, policies/procedures, manuals, and other materials for reference purposes and to determine possible contributing factors to fire incidents.
  • Attends public education events; presents information and responds to questions regarding the prevention of fire and life safety hazards.
  • Observes and evaluates fire drills at schools, skilled nursing and medical facilities; provides recommendations for improvement of evacuation process.
  • Prepares or completes various forms, reports, correspondence, comment sheets, billing reports, position statements, technical study reports, statistical analyses, training reports, or other documents.
  • Operates a computer to enter, retrieve, review or modify data; utilizes word processing, spreadsheet, database, or other programs; performs basic  maintenance of computer system and office equipment, such as backing up data or replacing paper, ink, or toner.
  • Maintains records, logs, and files of work activities.
  • Communicates with supervisor, employees, other departments, city officials, applicants, property owners, architects, builders, contractors, design professionals, engineers, the public, and other individuals as needed to coordinate work activities, review status of work, exchange information, or give/receive advice/direction.
  • Attends various meetings, serves on committees, and makes presentations as needed.
  • Maintains a comprehensive, current knowledge of applicable laws/regulations; maintains an awareness of new trends and advances in the profession; reads professional literature; maintains professional affiliations; attends workshops and training sessions as appropriate.
  • Operates a motor vehicle to conduct work activities.
  • Performs general/clerical tasks, which may include answering telephone calls, entering data into computer, making copies, sending/receiving faxes, filing documentation, or processing incoming/outgoing mail.
  • Provides assistance to other employees or departments as needed.
  • Performs other related duties as required.


Education and Experience:

Requires a High school diploma or valid equivalent, must currently possess and maintain certification as a State of Georgia Certified Fire Safety Inspector I; must possess and maintain a valid Georgia driver's license, must either currently possess and maintain or must obtain within the first one (1) year of employment: One (1) of the following certifications: State of Georgia Certified Fire Investigator I certification OR Fire Explosion Investigator certification

Special Qualifications:          

State of Georgia Certified Fire Investigator I or Certified Fire Explosion Investigator certification at time of employment.  A two (2) year college degree in a fire related field. Two (2) years previous experience in the field of Fire Safety Inspections.   Public speaking and community involvement/education experience.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Effectively communicates with supervisor, employees, other departments, contractors, engineers, companies, vendors, outside agencies, the public, and other individuals as needed to coordinate work activities, review status of work, exchange information, or resolve problems.
  • Accurately and expeditiously receives and delivers messages and information to the appropriate individuals.
  • Ability to prepare accurate and thorough written records and reports.
  • Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions and to complete assigned tasks with minimal supervisory direction.
  • Ability to understand and quickly and accurately follow brief oral and written instructions on moderately complex matters.
  • Ability to establish and maintain harmonious working relationships with Supervisor, customers, other employees, other departments, other governmental and regulatory agencies, and the general public as needed.
  • Knowledge of fire safety laws, codes, City ordinances, local and State requirements.
  • Knowledge of permit policies of the jurisdiction.
  • Knowledge of the principles, practices and procedures of fire prevention, inspection, and investigation.
  • Knowledge of plan review policies of the jurisdiction and the rationale for the plan review.
  • Knowledge of occupancy classification types.
  • Ability to calculate occupant loads.
  • Ability to recognize existing and potential fire and casualty hazards in structures and installations.
  • Ability to perform effective inspections.
  • Ability to climb ladders.
  • Ability to prepare clear and concise reports.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to operate a computer and learn various record keeping programs.
  • Ability to operate basic photography equipment.
  • Ability to perform basic mathematical calculations.
  • Ability to speak effectively before groups.
  • Ability to provide guidance, assistance, and/or interpretation to others.
  • Ability to utilize equipment necessary to perform essential functions.
  • Ability to correctly apply codes and standards.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective and harmonious working relationship with all persons interacted with during the performance of duties.


The work is light which requires exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects, including the human body.

  • Hearing: Perceiving the nature of sounds at normal speaking levels with or without correction. Ability to receive detailed information through oral communication, and to make the discrimination in sound.
  • Mental Acuity: Ability to make rational decisions through sound logic and deductive processes.
  • Repetitive Motion: Substantial movements (motions) of the wrist, hands, and/or fingers.
  • Speaking: Expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word including the ability to convey detailed or important spoken instructions to other workers accurately and concisely.
  • Visual Acuity: Have close visual acuity to perform an activity such as: preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal; and/or extensive reading.


Work may be performed with exposure to adverse environmental conditions, such as dirt, dust, pollen, odors, wetness, humidity, rain, temperature and noise extremes, fumes, smoke, hazardous materials, fire, unsafe structures, heights, confined spaces, machinery, vibrations, electric currents, traffic hazards, bright/dim light, toxic agents, disease, pathogenic substances, violence, animal/wildlife attacks, animal/human bites, or explosives.

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