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Assistant Fire Marshal

Assistant Fire Marshal


Job Summary:

Technical assistant to the Fire Marshal, interpreting and enforcing the provisions of the International Fire Code and Municipal Codes.  Performs a variety of administrative, technical, and supervisory work related to the Inspection/Investigation Section.    Provides direction to assigned staff, coordinates resource needs and assumes responsibility for the day-to-day operations of the assigned programs.

Work is characterized by a substantial amount of hands-on management, administrative, and supervisory functions in maintaining program effectiveness.  Develops and recommends strategic plans, and applicable policies and procedures.  Must demonstrate leadership and excellent communication skills.  This position is responsible for prioritizing work with the assigned staff and ensuring accountability for completion of the program’s objectives in line with the mission and goals of the Division.

Job Duties / Responsibilities:

Essential Functions:

  • Plan and implement assigned programs related to fire inspections, fire investigations, and code enforcement.
  • Schedules, trains, mentors, and supervises Deputy Fire Marshal staff assigned to the Inspection/Investigation Section.
  • Assign, prioritize, review, and ensure timely completion of duties of assigned staff.
  • Implement the goals of the workgroup as directed by the Fire Marshal.
  • Assist with the resolution of work-related complaints and issues.
  • Ensure fire inspection documentation is complete, accurate and timely, and provided to the customer at the conclusion of their inspection.
  • Evaluate inspection and investigation practices through a hands-on review with assigned staff to ensure consistency.
  • Establish strong working relationships with City of Renton partners.
  • Refer issues that elevate to the level of code enforcement to the Fire Marshal for review and discussion.
  • Respond to fire investigations as needed to evaluate, mentor and assist assigned staff.
  • Testify in court as required.
  • Ensure compliance with a variety of fire prevention laws, ordinances, and codes, and initiate steps to enforce compliance as needed.
  • Review all fire investigation reports for completeness and accuracy prior to the final copy being uploaded into ESO.
  • Remain current with relevant codes and technological advancements as it relates to field.
  • Maintain regular, reliable, and punctual attendance, work evening and/or weekend hours as assigned, and travel as required.
  • Serve as acting Fire Marshal in the absence of the Fire Marshal.

Standard Functions:

  • Research and draft fire-related legislation and fire prevention policies and procedures.
  • Conduct special studies and projects related to fire inspection and prevention.
  • Provide recommendations to the Fire Marshal for staff training and personnel development and assist in the development of an annual staff training plan.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.
  • May be assigned to support critical City priorities during disasters or other emergencies.


$119,968 – $147,290 Annually

Job Type:

Regular Full-Time


Renton Fire Station, WA


Office of the Fire Marshal

Reports to:

Fire Marshal


Education, Experience, and License Requirements:

    • Valid Washington State driver’s license, or the ability to obtain one within thirty (30) days of employment.
    • Demonstrated supervisory experience (guiding, coaching, and mentoring).
    • International Code Council Fire Inspector II certification, or other nationally recognized Fire Inspector certification such as IFSAC (obtaining ICC Inspector II certification will be required within one year of employment as part of the probationary period).
    • IFSAC Fire Investigator certification, or other nationally recognized Fire Investigator certification such as IAAI (obtaining Fire Investigator certification will be required within one year of employment as part of the probationary period).
    • Successfully passing a medical exam.
    • Successfully passing a required background check.



    • Associate degree with a focus in Fire Science, Business Management, Public Administration, or other relevant field from an accredited college.



    • 5 years of fire or building code enforcement experience.
    • 2 years of investigation experience with a fire agency, law enforcement agency, or as a fire investigator working for a private company.



    • In place of the above requirements, a combination of relevant education, experience and training that would demonstrate the individual’s knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the essential duties and responsibilities listed above.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Requirements:

  • Strong and effective verbal and written communication and presentation skills.
  • Fire prevention principles, procedures, techniques, and equipment
  • State adopted fire codes and amendments and locally adopted municipal codes.
  • Fire suppression and detection systems and equipment.
  • Fire investigation principles, procedures, techniques, and safety standards and/or best practices.
  • Supervision principles and techniques.
  • Relationship building with other fire and government agencies.
  • Data collection, management and report building.
  • Effectively direct and evaluate the work of others.
  • Respond to common inquires and complaints from staff, customers, and the public.
  • Develop, implement, and monitor performance measures for assigned programs.
  • Use of various software programs, including Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook.

Work Environment / Physical Demands

  • 60% of work is performed in a typical office environment and the remaining 40% is performed outdoors in all weather conditions, and involves walking, standing, bending, climbing and other physical activities with possible exposure to hazardous materials.
  • Driving and field work required.
  • Operating a computer and other office equipment.
  • Frequent communication.
  • Lift or move items weighing up to 40 pounds on occasion.
  • Respond to work within an average of 45 minutes during off-duty hours as needed
  • Vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
  • The noise level in the work environment is typically moderately quiet in the office but can be loud when in the field at a fire scene or at a construction site.
  • Work routinely requires the employee to climb, balance, bend, stoop, kneel, crouch and/or crawl.
  • Work will require routine work in outside weather conditions, in wet conditions, in high, precarious places, or near fumes, airborne particles, and/or toxic or caustic chemicals. Protective gear and respiratory protection is provided and required when conditions require it.

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