Aug 20, 2019


  • City of Visalia, CA
  • Visalia, CA

Job Overview

The Fire Department is recruiting for the position of Fire Marshal. For more detailed information about the department and position click here to review the recruitment brochure.
Under general direction, plans, directs and reviews Fire Prevention Division activities including inspection, plan check, investigation and enforcement functions to ensure compliance with laws, regulations, codes and ordinances. Performs related responsibilities as required.
Positions in this class supervise, coordinate and perform the full range of skilled fire inspection and enforcement work and are distinguished from the Senior Fire Prevention Inspector positions by the responsibility for performing complex and responsible administrative duties, oversight of fire investigations, having full authority to enforce the rules and codes of the City and State, and interpreting and enforcing the most complex levels of fire code enforcement requirements.Performs plan checks and site plan review of submitted plans for current and proposed projects to determine and verify compliance with City and State code requirements; oversees complex assignments; and supervises and trains prevention and suppression staff.
  • Oversees day to day operations of fire prevention unit including planning, coordinating, and performing inspections.
  • Assigns, directs, trains, and evaluates work of assigned staff and participates in the hiring process.
  • Inspects buildings and related structures, systems and installations for correct construction, modification and addition.
  • Reviews and approves commercial building plans and conducts field inspections of residential, commercial and/or industrial plans to ensure code compliance and consults with architects and developers regarding deficiencies and required corrective action.
  • Conducts field checks to correct violations of city codes and ordinances in new construction and new businesses.
  • Examines existing structures for hazardous conditions and possible code violations, red tags substandard structures for demolition of removal, and maintains accurate records and time schedules relative to the legal requirements for such abatement.
  • Investigates complaints and advises and serves as an information source and liaison to contractors, architects, inspectors, developers and the general public.
  • Oversees the issuance of permits, citations, warnings, notice corrections and collection of fees.
  • Investigates fires in order to determine fire's cause and point of origin by methods including coordinating with other agencies; interviewing witnesses, suspects and firefighters; collecting, identifying, safekeeping and evaluating evidence; preparing court reports and documents; identifying suspects; and making arrest and booking.
  • Researches, analyzes and compiles information and prepares reports on a variety of code enforcement and development matters.
  • Interprets, seeks compliance and/or enforces provisions of laws relative to fire, health and safety, and other related codes and environmental considerations.
  • Oversees City's Weed Abatement program.
  • Develops, modifies, and makes recommendations for needed changes and revisions to city policies, procedures, and ordinances.
  • Inspects state licensed facilities.
  • Inspects commercial, industrial, mercantile, manufacturing and residential properties for hazardous materials and enforces ordinances and codes pertaining to hazardous materials.
  • Manages maintenance and compliance of documents regarding fire prevention and investigation activities.
  • Represents the Department through public presentations to the community, counsels juveniles in fire setters programs, coordinates public educational activities, and the media.
  • Performs periodic and follow-up inspections of new and existing buildings, structures, and installations; contacts the responsible parties in person and in writing; and performs follow-up investigations to see that remedial action has been taken as directed.
  • May witness water flow, sprinkler and fire alarm systems tests to determine compliance with code requirements.
  • Prepares court cases in conjunction with city attorney and testifies in court as required.
  • Prepares and monitors division budget.
  • Serves on committees and represents the department on teams such as SMART Team, Special Events Committee, and Site Plan Review.
  • May act on behalf of the Fire Chief as required in support of overall Department objectives.
  • Performs related duties as required.

This position reports to the Fire Chief and supervises assigned staff.
Qualifications / Requirements:
Knowledge of:
  • Principles, practices and techniques of fire prevention.
  • Federal, state and local fire and building penal code.
  • Principles and techniques of building inspection work.
  • Ordinances related to specific types of commercial and industrial structures.
  • Planning and plan checking concepts.
  • Procedures, techniques and equipment used in Fire Prevention such as automatic fire extinguishers and suppression systems.
  • Construction methods, materials, tools and safety standards and practices.
  • Methods and practices of fire/arson investigation; legal processes required in collecting evidence relating to cases of suspected arson.
  • Report preparation and presentation.
  • Basic mathematical principles for use in reviewing construction plans and calculations.
  • Principles of supervision, training and performance evaluation.
  • Principles and practices of fire administrations, organization, and program management.
  • Public relations.
  • Federal, state and local laws, regulations and ordinances pertaining to Fire Code, emergency service, fire/life safety, occupancy loads, and arrest, search and seizure.
  • Fire chemistry and practical hydraulics.
  • Hazardous materials and their properties that relate to the fire and building codes.
  • Municipal budget preparation, monitoring and analysis.
  • Modern office methods, recordkeeping and procedures including use of computers and various programs such as word-processing and spreadsheets.
  • Short and long range planning.
Ability to:
  • Investigate fires, collects evidence and interviews suspects to make arrests.
  • Research, analyze and compile technical information.
  • Interpret and enforce federal, state and local codes and ordinances, such as building codes, health and safety codes and state housing laws.
  • Identify fire and safety hazards and nuisances to recommend the appropriate corrective action.
  • Read, analyze, and interpret fire codes, procedures and building plans.
  • Direct, evaluate, schedule, prioritize and supervise the work of assigned personnel.
  • Communicate effectively in written and oral form to individuals and groups.
  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships.
Any combination equivalent to experience and education that could likely provide the required knowledge, skill and ability is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge, skill and abilities would be:
  • Five years of experience in the investigation and enforcement of fire codes, plan checking, NFPA and Title 19 and Title 24 requirements including two years in a management role.
  • Associate's degree in Fire Protection Technology or related field. Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in Fire Science or related field is desirable.
  • Specialized training in building codes, fire protection systems and equipment, flammable & combustible liquids, licensed care facilities, code adoptions and local amendments, statutes and regulations, and community risk reduction.

  • Possession of or ability to obtain a valid California Class C Driver's License.
  • Completion of the Fire Investigator I course work by time of appointment.
  • Possession of P.C. 832 Certificate by time of appointment.
  • Possession of Fire Prevention Officer, Fire Protection Specialist, and Plans Examiner certifications from the State of California Fire Marshal's Office by time of appointment.
  • Fire Marshal Certification from the State of California Fire Marshal's Office is desirable.

Additional Information: PHYSICAL STANDARDS:
This position requires frequent exposure to the weather, the ability to conduct duties in areas of unstable footing, and the ability to lift up to 50 pounds.


Application and supplemental materials will be evaluated and applicants who appear to be qualified will be invited to participate in an appraisal interview and/or practical examination process. Successful candidates may be required to pass a background investigation, physical examination and/or drug screen.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by personnel assigned to this classification and is not necessarily an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required.

FLSA: Exempt

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