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Deputy Fire Marshal I

Deputy Fire Marshal I


Job Summary:

Performs basic to 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 perform basic fire scene investigation.

Job Duties / Responsibilities:

Essential Functions:

  • 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.
  • Assure compliance with a variety of fire prevention laws, ordinances and codes; initiate steps to enforce compliance as needed.
  • Respond to fire alarm calls; secure fire scene, interview witnesses, photograph fire scene, prepare scene diagram and collect evidence to establish the cause and origin of the fire.
  • Prepare fire investigation reports as required, documenting fire damage, description of premises, fire indicators, area of origin and substantiating evidence of cause, origin and classification.
  • Remain current with relevant technological advancements as it relates to field.
  • Maintain regular, reliable, and punctual attendance; work evening and/or weekend hours as required (overtime eligibility pursuant to collective bargaining agreement); ability to travel as required.

Standard Functions:

  • Walk through facilities with the owner or designated representative to identify fire and safety hazards.
  • Promote the development and use of effective fire prevention methods; provide information regarding the storage of flammable and combustible materials, electrical hazards and other common causes of fires.
  • Instruct employers, civic groups, school children and others in extinguishing small fires, escaping burning buildings, operating fire extinguishers and establishing evacuation plans; prepare and produce handouts and other informational materials.
  • Prepare and maintain records related to fire inspections, code requirements, permits and training.
  • Write inspection infraction letters and other communications outlining code compliance requirements; research code sections to determine proper application of requirements.
  • Conduct special studies and projects related to fire inspection and prevention.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.


$61,812 to $83,148 Annually
(Includes excellent benefits)

Job Type:

Regular Full-Time


Renton Fire Station, WA


Office of the Fire Marshal


Reports To:  Fire Marshal
Supervises:  None

Education, Experience, and License Requirements:

  • High school degree or equivalent.
  • Specialized course work and/or training in fire prevention related topics and/or fire/building codes.
  • Two years of experience in fire inspection or closely related field.
  • Or four years of relevant education and experience.
  • Valid Driver’s License

Applicant shall possess the following for Deputy Fire Marshal II:

  • A minimum of two-years work experience as a Deputy Fire Marshal I;
  • Completion of the current NFPA Standard 1031, “Professional Qualifications for Fire Inspector I;”
  • The performance standards for Level I shall be signed-off and have successfully passed testing prior to progressing to the Deputy Fire Marshal II level.
  • ICC Fire Inspector I Certification

Applicant shall possess the following for Deputy Fire Marshal III:

  • Deputy Fire Marshal II shall complete performance standards for Level II as listed in the current NFPA 1031 Standard.
  • Inspector level II shall work in the position of level II inspector for a minimum of three years.
  • ICC Fire Inspector II Certification.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Requirements:

Ability To:

    • Inspect businesses, buildings and facilities to assure compliance with fire codes, laws and ordinances.
    • Provide instruction to civic groups, school children and others regarding fire inspection and prevention.
    • Prepare displays, teaching materials and make oral presentations.
    • Identify fire hazards and causes.
    • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
    • Read, interpret, apply and explain rules, regulations, policies and procedures.
  • Maintain records and prepare reports.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with others.
  • Respond to fire-related incidents to investigate the cause and origin as assigned.
  • Remain current with emerging technologies as they relate to field of specialty.
  • Maintain regular, reliable, and punctual attendance.

Knowledge Of:

  • Principles and practices of fire science.
  • Methods, materials and equipment used in fire suppression.
  • Fire prevention laws, ordinances and codes.
  • Record-keeping techniques.
  • Oral and written communication skills.
  • Interpersonal skills using tact, patience and courtesy.
  • Technical aspects of field of specialty.

Work Environment / Physical Demands:

The following represent the physical demands that must be met to successfully perform the essential functions of this job:

  • 100% of work is performed in a typical office environment.
  • Constantly operate a computer and other office equipment.
  • Constantly communicate with City employees and community members.
  • Lift or move items weighing up to 20 pounds on occasion.
  • Noise level in the office is moderately quiet.

Approved reasonable accommodation requests will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

Application Process

Submit the following information:

  1. Complete the Renton Regional Fire Authority employment application and supplemental questions located here.
  2. Include a Cover Letter (upload provided in application)
  3. Include a Current Resume (upload provided in application)
Complete the Application