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Hillsborough County Government

Fire Inspector (#FIREIF48N) F48N
$0.00-$39.43 Hourly / $0.00-$6,834.53 Monthly / $0.00-$82,014.40 Yearly


Performs duties inspecting facilities to determine potential fire and life safety hazards or reviews building plans for fire code compliance or investigates the causes and origin if fires.


Graduation from high school or possession of a GED Certificate; and 

Possession of a valid State of Florida Firefighter’s Certificate of Compliance; and

Possession of a valid State of Florida Municipal Fire Safety Inspector Certification; and

Possession of a valid Florida Driver License.      


  • 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 fire prevention laws, codes and ordinances.
  • Working knowledge of fire prevention investigation and inspection techniques.
  • Working knowledge of fire fighting principles and practices.
  • 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.
  • Working knowledge of laws, court decisions, and legal opinions relating to the investigation and prosecution of arsonists and their accomplices.
  • Working knowledge of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.
  • Ability to handle confidential information.
  • Ability to enforce fire prevention codes and ordinances firmly, tactfully and impartially.
  • Ability to work effectively with others.
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally, non-verbally, and in writing.
  • Ability to conduct thorough fire investigations in conformance with legal requirements.
  • Ability to maintain combat firefighter readiness status.
  • Ability and willingness to work rotating shifts to include nights, weekends and holidays.
  • Ability to use a computer and related software.
  • Ability to safely operate a motor vehicle.
  • Ability and willingness to work outside in a subtropical climate under adverse weather conditions and high noise levels.
  • Ability to lift and carry weights up to 90 pounds.
  • Ability to read and interpret building plans and blueprints.



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 some or all of the activities described below.
  • Conducts fire prevention inspections, evaluates existing and potential fire hazards, and enforces compliance with applicable fire codes and statutes.
  • Investigates fires to determine their causes and origins; solicits information from witnesses, property owners and others; takes photographs of fire scenes, searches area for physical evidence, and makes determinations as to the value of fire loses.
  • Conducts arson investigations by marking, preserving, and storing evidence; cultivating informants and participating in surveillance of suspected arson targets.
  • Informs property owners, managers or other responsible parties of violations and explains corrections necessary to prevent or remove fire hazards.
  • Reviews building plans for fire code compliance.
  • Conducts public information programs to increase public awareness concerning fire prevention.
  • Maintains records of scheduled and completed assignments and documents findings.
  • Responds to fire alarms for fire suppression, as directed.
  • Performs other related duties as required.


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

CLASS: FIREIF48N; EST: 2/5/2008; REV: ;