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2024 Deputy Fire Marshal II, III – Inspector/Investigator

2024 Deputy Fire Marshal II, III – Inspector/Investigator


Help save lives and protect property through prevention while advancing your career as a Deputy Fire Marshal II or III (DOE). By building on your existing experience, your skills in fire inspection will help make community members safer, while your aptitude for fire investigation will play a critical role in public safety education.

To qualify for this role, you must possess a Fire Inspector II certification. You must also have either completed specialized course work in fire prevention and fire/building codes and
obtained a minimum of four years of experience in fire inspection (or a closely related field) or possess at least six years of combined education and experience. Experience is critical
for success in this role.

A successful candidate will not only possess the education and experience that the technical aspect of this role requires. They will also have the ability to work well independently as
an integral part of a cohesive team, provide professional and personable interactions with community members of varying temperaments, and perform their responsibilities
thoroughly and with attention to detail.

Renton RFA’s Office of the Fire Marshal has a strong reputation of excellence in fire prevention, code enforcement, and public safety education. We strongly value the unique strengths of each of our team members and are dedicated to their continued professional development. If you’re ready to move forward in your career and be part of a supportive organization that
is purpose-built to enhance community safety, we strongly encourage you to apply today!

Job Summary:

Completes complex inspections to enforce fire prevention laws, ordinances and codes; promote the development and use of effective fire prevention methods; provide instruction to the general public regarding fire codes and prevention and other community risk reduction focused programs; perform basic fire scene investigations to determine the origin and cause of fires and respond to complaints pertaining to fire and life safety concerns.

Deputy Fire Marshal II is an intermediate level professional classification in the Deputy Fire Marshal series and performs a variety of higher hazardous commercial and industrial inspections to identify fire and safety hazards, promotes public awareness and fire prevention practices and performs more complex fire scene investigations.  Deputy Fire Marshal III is an advanced level professional classification in the Deputy Fire Marshal series.  Deputy Fire Marshal III’s are assigned to a specific area of focus based on program needs, and have a defined core of qualifications, with additional training and certification opportunities provided based on program staffing needs.  Deputy Fire Marshals may be assigned partially or entirely to a program area based on program staffing needs.

Essential Functions:

  • Completes work in assigned programs related to fire inspections and fire investigations.
  • Inspect commercial, industrial, assembly, educational and institutional occupancies, buildings, and facilities; identify fire hazards and utilizing licensed third-party inspection test reports, verify the proper function of fire protection equipment.
  • Inspect occupancies with potentially hazardous conditions or specialized activities such as welding or spray-painting facilities and facilities where flammable, combustible or hazardous materials are stored, mixed, or dispensed.
  • Respond to complaints and reports of fire code violations; inspect premises and assess hazards; make appropriate recommendations and issue inspection reports; conduct re-inspections and follow-up.
  • Walk through facilities with the owner or designated representative to identify fire and safety hazards.
  • Assure compliance with a variety of fire prevention laws, ordinances, and codes; initiate steps to enforce compliance as needed.
  • Support our public education efforts by providing instruction to employers, civic groups, and others in various topics, including evacuation planning and drills, and operating fire extinguishers; assist in the development of handouts and other informational materials.
  • Respond to fire scenes when paged; secure fire scene, interview witnesses, photograph fire scene, prepare scene diagram and assist law enforcement, when requested, in collection of evidence to establish the origin and cause of the fire.
  • Prepare fire investigation reports as required, documenting fire damage, description of premises, fire indicators, area of origin and substantiating evidence of origin and cause, and classification.
  • Prepare and maintain records related to fire inspections, code requirements, permits and training.
  • Research code sections to determine proper application of requirements.
  • Assist and/or conduct special studies and projects related to fire inspection and prevention.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

First Review:



Deputy Fire Marshal II
$80,957 – $98,690 Annually

Deputy Fire Marshal III
$91,628 – $111,695 Annually


Benefits include medical, dental and vision, 457(b) and DRS/PERS retirement plans.  Other benefits include: paid holidays, personal days, management leave, life insurance and LTD. For more information regarding benefits with Renton RFA, view our Benefits Guide.

Job Type:

Regular Full-Time


Fire Station 14


Office of the Fire Marshal

Minimum Qualifications:

  • High school degree or equivalent.
  • An applicant must be a citizen of the United States or a lawful permanent resident and be able to read and write the English language as specified in RCW 41.08.070.
  • Must be 18 years of age.
  • Valid driver’s license.
  • Candidate must pass a pre-employment background check and physical.
  • Specialized course work and/or training in fire prevention related topics and/or fire/building codes.
  • Four years of experience in fire inspection or closely related field; or
  • A combination of 6 years of relevant education and experience.
  • ICC Fire Inspector II certification.
  • Obtain FIT certification within one year of employment or promotion.

Application Process

Simply click the button below to complete our online application now! Be prepared to include the following:

  • Cover letter explaining your interest in the position
  • Current resume
  • Answers to supplemental questions
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