Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Fire & Life Safety Specialist

Hybrid

Recruitment #220606-9808EE-001

Introduction




Do you possess a Fire Marshal, Deputy Fire Marshal, or Fire Inspector certification? 
Are you passionate about assuring CT Fire Safety and Prevention Codes are properly used and applied? 
If so, read below & apply today! 

The State of Connecticut, Department of Administrative Services, Office of State Fire Marshal is now accepting applications for three Fire & Life Safety Specialist opportunities out of our team's main office at 450 Columbus Boulevard in Hartford, CT. These roles are full-time, Monday-Friday, 35 hours/week, with flex and hybrid schedules available. You will assist local fire marshals, complete fire code modifications, perform fire code plan reviews and site inspection functions. 

About Us: DAS houses a number of distinct programs that comprise the business functions of state government, including information technology, human resources, procurement, facilities and real estate, construction services, fleet, workers compensation and more. Our divisions are united in a common mission:

  • Support Connecticut's Growth - To serve our citizens, businesses, state agencies and other branches of government by providing the highest quality services at the lowest possible cost.
  • Drive Continuous Innovation - To increase the efficiency and effectiveness of state government using best practices from the public and private sectors.
  • Provide Rewarding Careers - To attract and retain a workforce of talented, dedicated public servants committed to leading our great state forward.
Discover the Opportunity to: 
  • Serve in the capacity of the "authority having jurisdiction" representing the State Fire Marshal for resolution of disputed fire and life safety code related matters. 
  • Determine the legality of architectural and engineering plans of buildings and structures. 
  • Provide state agencies, local code enforcement officials, architects, engineers, other design professionals and construction industry representatives with technical assistance in the proper application of code and problem resolution in the design, construction, alteration, or renovation of buildings including the testing of engineered systems. 
  • Review, analyze and prepare written recommendations as to the acceptability of requests for modification of the State Fire Safety Code. 
  • Assist the State Fire Marshal in the revision of the State Fire Safety Code and referenced standards by conducting research and drafting amendments. 
  • Conduct technical on-site inspections and evaluations regarding complex code issues. 
  • Determine the appropriateness of building materials and system components based upon code interpretations. 
  • Collect and analyze data at fire scenes for code performance. 
  • Prepare technical reports. 
  • Prepare and present educational training and certification programs mandated by statute to local code enforcement officials, state agencies and professional organizations. 
  • See other examples of duties below.  
*This salary range shall increase effective July 1, 2022. 

Benefits: We provide limitless opportunities, we hire for diversity and new perspectives, and we accomplish meaningful work while maintaining a work/life balance. We participate in a competitive benefits package that includes comprehensive healthcare policies including medical and dental coverage, retirement plan options, paid time off and more! We also encourage a healthy work-life balance for all employees!

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Selection Plan

To Apply:
  • In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on this job opening. You must specify your qualifications on your application. 
  • The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.
  • Ensure that your application is complete and detailed before submitting it. In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process. You will not be able to make revisions once your application is submitted into the JobAps system.
  • Please select all location(s) and shift(s) you are willing to work on your application. Failure to do so may result in not being considered for vacancies in that specific location.
  • All application materials must be received by the recruiting agency by the time specified on the job opening for the position for which you are applying. Late applications may not be submitted and will not be considered. Exceptions are rare and limited to documented events that incapacitate a candidate during the entire duration of the job posting time period.  It is the candidate’s obligation and responsibility to request an exception and provide a legally recognized justification to accommodate such exception. Requests should be made to DAS.SHRM@ct.gov.
After You Apply: 
  • Although applicants will receive correspondence via email, as a backup they are also encouraged to sign on to their Personal Status Board daily to monitor their status, view all emailed notices and complete tasks required in the recruitment process.
  • This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQs). You can access these RQs via an email that will be sent to you after the posting's closing date or by visiting your JobAps Personal Status Board (Certification Questionnaires section). Your responses to these RQs must be submitted by the question's expiration date. Please regularly check your email and JobAps Personal Status Board for notifications. Please check your SPAM and/or Junk folders daily in the event an email provider places auto-notification emails in a user's spam. 
  • At any point during the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation which support their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include: a cover letter, resume, performance reviews, attendance records, supervisory references, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency. Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications as indicated to apply for this position. 
  • The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class. Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience and training most closely meet the requirements of the position.
Connect With Us:
  • Due to the large volume of applications received, we are unable to provide confirmation of receipt or status during the recruitment process. Updates will be available through your JobAps portal account. 
  • If have any questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact faith.macdonald@ct.gov

PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)

In the Department of Administrative Services, Office of the State Fire Marshal this class is accountable for performing as a specialist in assuring proper application of the State Fire Safety Code, adopted referenced national standards and applicable state and federal statutes.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

Serves in the capacity of the "authority having jurisdiction" representing the State Fire Marshal for resolution of disputed fire and life safety code related matters; determines the legality of architectural and engineering plans of buildings and structures; provides state agencies, local code enforcement officials, architects, engineers, other design professionals and construction industry representatives with technical assistance in the proper application of code and problem resolution in the design, construction, alteration or renovation of buildings including the testing of engineered systems; reviews, analyzes and prepares written recommendations as to the acceptability of requests for modification of the State Fire Safety Code; assists the State Fire Marshal in the revision of the State Fire Safety Code and referenced standards by conducting research and drafting amendments; conducts technical on-site inspections and evaluations regarding complex code issues; determines the appropriateness of building materials and system components based upon code interpretations; collects and analyzes data at fire scenes for code performance; prepares technical reports; prepares and presents educational training and certification programs mandated by statute to local code enforcement officials, state agencies and professional organizations; may lead technical staff by assigning and reviewing daily work, providing on-going training and preparing written evaluations; may testify at administrative hearings or in state and federal courts of law; performs related duties as required.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY

Considerable knowledge of and ability to interpret and apply building construction standards, fire and life safety codes, adopted referenced national standards, standard tests for construction materials and fire rating and applicable state and federal statutes; considerable knowledge of and ability to review complex architectural and engineering plans and specifications for large scale building projects including engineered fire and life safety protection systems and concepts; considerable knowledge of basic engineering and architectural principles, practices and methods of building design and construction; considerable knowledge of inspection practices; knowledge of building materials and equipment; some knowledge of fire suppression and investigation methods; considerable oral and written communication skills; interpersonal skills; ability to prepare and present technical material for training programs or public speaking engagements; ability to utilize computer software.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE

Seven (7) years of experience in fire code compliance plan review and inspection of buildings.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SPECIAL EXPERIENCE

Three (3) years of the General Experience must have been in the inspection and review of plans and specifications for fire code compliance on large scale building projects.
Note: Large scale building projects will be interpreted as buildings exceeding 12,000 square feet in size and more than one story in height not including apartment buildings and single family residences.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED

College training in architecture, mechanical or civil engineering or related courses in fire technology, fire and life safety systems design or a related discipline may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equalling one-half (1/2) year of experience to a maximum of four (4) years for a Bachelor's degree.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Experience working on building projects exceeding 12,000 square feet in size and more than one story in height not including apartment buildings and single-family residences.
  • Experience working on threshold projects, as defined by Connecticut General Statute 29-276b.
  • Possession of a Fire Marshal, Deputy Fire Marshal, or Fire Inspector certification. 
  • Experience providing education to design professionals, contractors, and code officials.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

1. Incumbents in this class will be required by the appointing authority to possess and retain appropriate current licenses, permits and/or certifications including certification by the State Fire Marshal as a Fire Marshal, Deputy Fire Marshal or Fire Inspector OR to successfully complete the first program offered after appointment.
2. Incumbents in this class will be required to complete ninety (90) hours of job related continuing education every three (3) years in accordance with Section 29-298(a) of the Connecticut General Statutes.
3. Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.
4. Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and retain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator’s license.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

Incumbents in this class must have adequate physical strength, stamina, physical agility and visual and auditory acuity, and must maintain such physical fitness as be able to perform the duties.

Conclusion

AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.







The State of Connecticut is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages the application of women, minorities and persons with disabilities.