County of Alameda

Fire Inspector (#8144)

Bargaining Unit: IAFF 55A - Fire (019)
$59.78-$72.69 Hourly / $4,782.46-$5,814.92 BiWeekly /
$10,362.00-$12,599.00 Monthly / $124,344.00-$151,188.00 Yearly

Under the general supervision of a Division Chief/Fire Marshal and/or a Deputy Fire Marshal, performs routine on site inspections of new and existing facilities for compliance with existing codes and ordinances; conducts fire investigations by plan checks; and performs related duties as required.


Within the Fire Prevention Bureau, this middle-level class is distinguished from that of the next higher level class, Deputy Fire Marshal, in that the latter plans, organizes, and directs specific duties within the Fire Prevention Bureau.


NOTE: The following are the duties performed by employees in this classification. However, employees may perform other related duties at an equivalent level. Each individual in the classification does not necessarily perform all duties listed.

1. Schedules and performs on-site inspections of new and existing residential, commercial, and industrial facilities for compliance with applicable codes and ordinances.

2. Schedules and performs on-site inspections of fire protection systems including: automatic fire sprinklers; private service fire mains; fire alarms; fixed fire protection.

3. Investigates complaints and reported nuisances and takes corrective actions including: the issuance of correction orders when unsafe conditions or practices are discovered; conducts re-inspection to assure compliance.

4. Prepares reports, standard forms, and correspondence in association with duties.

5. Performs follow-up inspections on correction notices and letters pertaining to initial inspections.

6. Assists with reviewing and approval of plans as assigned for new construction, remodel, alterations and repair for compliance with local, State and national fire codes.

7. Issues citations for code violations with concurrence of superiors.

8. Participates and/or supervises in the investigation of fire cause and origin occurring within the entire fire district.

9. Shares standby time to provide around-the-clock fire investigation capabilities.

10. Provides expert testimony on criminal complaints filed by the Fire Prevention Bureau on offenses against fire laws, ordinances, and regulations.

11. May assist in training shift personnel in conducting various fire inspections.

12. May conduct presentations and provide general fire safety information to the public.

13. Performs related duties as required.


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Three years full-time paid experience as a Firefighter in the Alameda County Fire Department.

(Note: Specialized training or education in the field of fire investigation, arson investigation, or fire prevention which would provide the knowledge and abilities listed below, may be substituted for one year of the required experience.)


Three years training and experience in fire prevention related field inspection agency or another fire department with a minimum of one year experience investigating fires.


Possession of a valid California Motor Vehicle Operator’s License and be able to receive a certificate of completion in conformance with the 832 PC (Penal Code) requirements; as a minimum, and any other licenses which may be required by departmental Policy, Rules and Regulations, and/or Memorandum of Understanding prior to the completion of the probationary period.

Special Requirement:

Incumbent is subject to emergency recall while off duty.

NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.

NOTE: The level and scope of the following knowledge and abilities are related to duties listed under the “Examples of Duties” section of this specification.

Knowledge of:

• Principles, practices and techniques of fire prevention and investigation;
• Laws, ordinances and regulations governing the Fire Prevention Bureau.
• Practices, procedures and equipment used in fire suppression.

Ability to:

• Recognize and appraise fire hazards.
• Prepare clear and concise reports.
• Speak and write effectively.
• Work without direct supervision

BG-ab-Revised 4/84
Retyped: 5/85
BG:lm-Revised: 12/95
Old document: 0748h/CADSSEC
BG:bl – 1/25/00
New document: Jobspecs/8144
CSC Date: 2/2/00
MAH:cs Revised 8/20/14
CSC Date: 9/3/14

*** For benefit information, please refer to the recruitment brochure.