Fire Prevention Specialist I

Recruitment #23-3072-001


The Fire Prevention Specialist I reduces the incidence and impact of fire, hazardous materials accidents and spills, and unsafe conditions in the City of Dayton through education, inspection and investigation activities. This is a multi-incumbent position that is assigned to one of three functional units (inspection, investigation or education) within the Fire Prevention Bureau. Incumbents specialize in a particular functional unit but may receive assignments involving the other two units. The incumbent must be knowledgeable of fire codes, fire hazards, fire prevention measures, fire detection, fire investigation and fire control. Must be able to communicate effectively with all groups and individuals. Fire Prevention Specialists are subject to working nights, weekends, and holidays and must be available for call-in year round.

Minimum Qualifications

High school diploma or G.E.D. AND 3 years of experience in fire protection system design or installation, risk management, loss control/prevention, law enforcement or firefighting;


Associate's degree in Fire Protection Engineering, Fire Science Technology, Safety/Risk Management, Law Enforcement or Criminal Justice, Chemistry, Environmental Science, or Engineering with a concentration in architectural, civil, electrical/electronic, industrial, mechanical, or systems engineering.

Degree must be from a college or university that is accredited by the U.S. Department of Education through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools Higher Learning Commission or equivalent region. 


Incumbents appointed to the inspection or public education unit must obtain and maintain thereafter as a term and condition of continued employment certification as a State of Ohio Fire Safety Inspector within 6 months from the date appointment.

Incumbents appointed to the inspection unit must obtain and maintain thereafter as a term and condition of continued employment certification as a State of Ohio Fire Protection Inspector, as issued by the Ohio Board of Building Standards, within 6 months of becoming eligible for the examination. 

Appointment to the investigation unit will require completion of an Ohio Peace Officers Training Council accredited law enforcement certification program within 12 months from the date of appointment. Appointment to the investigation unit will also require maintaining firearms qualifications in accordance with Dayton Police Department or Montgomery County Sheriff's Office standards and policies. OPOTA certified candidates are preferred.

License Requirements

Must possess a valid driver’s license at time of appointment and maintain thereafter as a term and condition of continued employment.


Applications must specifically address each of the minimum qualifications, directly showing how each is met.

Background Check 
A background investigation and evidence of Employment Authorization and Identity is required prior to employment. All candidates must pass any level of background investigation applicable to the position, including current city employees seeking transfer, promotion, demotion, etc. into a classified position. 

Medical Examination & Drug and Nicotine Testing 
Final appointment is contingent upon the applicant passing a job-related medical examination including drug screen. Applicants offered employment with the City will be required to pass a nicotine screening. Newly hired employees must remain tobacco and nicotine free as a condition of continued employment. The Tobacco and Nicotine Free Hiring Policy does not apply to current City employees. 

An Equal Employment Opportunity Employer