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Hillsborough County Government

Fire Investigator (#FINVF48N) F48N
$0.00-$39.43 Hourly / $0.00-$6,834.53 Monthly / $0.00-$82,014.40 Yearly


Performs duties conducting on scene fire and explosives investigations including latent investigations to determine point of origin and cause of fire.


Graduation from high school or possession of a GED Certificate; and
Two years of experience in the field of fire origin ad cause determination; or
Four years of experience in law enforcememt and/or criminal investigation; and
Possession of a valid Driver's License; and
A minimum of two of the following State of Florida Certifications:
Possession of a valid State of Florida Firefighter's Certificate of Compliance.
Possession of a valid State of Florida Law Enforcement Certification.
Possession of a valid State of Florida Fire Investigator Certification.
Possession of a valid State of Florida Municiple Fire Safety Inspector Certification.


  • Customer Commitment - Proactively seeks to understand the needs of our customers and provide the highest standards of service.
  • Dedication to Professionalism and Integrity - Demonstrates and promotes fair, honest, professional and ethical behaviors that establishes trust throughout the organization and with the public we serve.
  • Organizational Excellence - Takes ownership for excellence through one's personal effectiveness and dedication to the continuous improvement of our operations.
  • Success through Teamwork - Collaborates and builds partnerships through trust and the open exchange of diverse ideas and perspectives to achieve organizational goals.


  • Considerable knowledge of law enforcement and fire prevention laws, codes, and ordinances.
  • Considerable knowledge of criminal investigative methods and techniques.
  • Considerable knowledge of laws, court decisions, and legal opinions relating to the investigation and prosecution of arsonists and their accomplices.
  • Considerable knowledge of critical dynamic factors that contribute to cause and spread of fires such as fuels, ease of ignition of each fuel and the impact of each fuel on the development of a fire.
  • Working knowledge of building materials, construction practices and mechanical systems related to fire prevention, fire suppression and the safeguarding of lives and property from fire.
  • Ability to conduct fire investigations in conformance with legal requirements and procedures.
  • Ability to read and interpret mechanical and building construction plans.
  • Ability to identify complex problems and review related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Ability to handle confidential information.
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally, non-verbally, and in writing.
  • Ability to perform self-extrication as well as extricate victims and/or fellow rescuers from an Immediate Danger to Life & Health (IDLH) atmosphere.
  • Ability to make sound decisions quickly under stressful conditions.
  • Ability to lift and carry weights up to 90 pounds.
  • Ability to perform duties under hazardous conditions requiring considerable physical exertion.
  • Ability to work effectively with others.
  • Ability to maintain combat firefighter readiness status.
  • Ability to us a computer and related software.
  • Ability to safely operate a motor vehicle.
  • Willingness to work outside in a subtropical climate under adverse weather conditions and high noise levels.
  • Willingness to work rotating shifts to include nights, weekends, and holidays.


Note: The following duties are illustrative and not exhaustive. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position. Depending on assigned area of responsibility, incumbents in the position may perform one or more of the activities described below.

  • Responds to and investigates fires and explosions to determine the cause and origin.
  • Solicits information from and interviews suspects, witnesses, owners, and occupants.
  • Conducts crime scene investigations including documenting the fire scene through the use of photographs and detailed sketches and diagrams, searching area for physical evidence, and making determinations on the value of property due to fire, smoke, and water damage.
  • Collects, secures, packages, and transports physical evidence in accordance with chain of custody directives.
  • Conducts criminal investigations involving arson related crimes and apprehends suspects.
  • Provides sworn testimony during legal proceedings to provide an accurate account of the investigation.
  • Prepares and maintains written fire and police reports of investigative findings.
  • Responds to fire alarms for fire suppression, as directed.
  • Maintains all fire investigation equipment to ensure its readiness.
  • Conducts latent fire investigations as required.
  • Performs other related duties as required.

This classification description is not intended to be, nor should it be construed as an all inclusive list of the duties associated with a particular position. Management may require incumbents to perform job duties other than those contained in this document at any time.


  • Completion of an annual physical ability test to maintain combat readiness.
  • Possession of Hazardous Materials First Responder Certifcation - Operations.


Note: Employees assigned to this classification will serve a one year probationary period.

Note: Must know and comply with the current requirements of the applicable Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Possession of all four State of Florida Certifcations below within two years of employment.
Failure to obtain required certications may result in termination.

  • State of Florida Firefighter's Certificate of Compliance.
  • State of Florida Law Enforcement Certification.
  • State of Florida Fire Investigator Certification.
  • State of Florida Municiple Fire Safety Inspector Certification.