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Lead Fire Investigator (#LDFINVS48Q) S48Q
$0.00-$43.95 Hourly / $0.00-$7,618.00 Monthly / $0.00-$91,416.00 Yearly

Lead Fire Investigator (#LDFINVS48R) S48R
$36.85-$46.35 Hourly / $6,387.33-$8,034.00 Monthly / $76,648.00-$96,408.00 Yearly


Performs lead investigative and supervisory duties planning, assigning, reviewing and coordinating the activities of Fire Investigators conducting fire and explosives investigations to determine point of origin and cause of fire. 


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

Six years experience as a Firefighter, Fire Medic I, Fire Medic III, Fire Inspector I, Fire Inspector II, Driver Engineer, or Captain with Hillsborough County Fire Rescue; and 

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

Possession of a valid State of Florida Law Enforcement Certification; and

Possession of a valid State of Florida Fire Investigator Certification; and

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

Possession of a valid 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 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 fire such as fuels, the ease of ignition of each fuel and the impact of each fuel on the development of a fire.
  • Considerable 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 plan, organize and supervise the work of others.
  • 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 and willingness to work outside in a subtropical climate under adverse weather conditions and high noise levels.
  • Ability to maintain combat firefighter readiness status.
  • Ability to use a computer and related software.
  • Ability to safely operate a motor vehicle.


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.


  • Responds to calls for service and investigates fires and explosions that appear to be suspicious in nature or involve special circumstances such as death, high dollar loss, extensive damage, or may be politically sensitive, in order to determine the cause and origin.
  • Reviews, monitors and coordinates active fire/arson investigations of field investigators; provides training and evaluates performance.
  • Documents the fire scene through the use of photographs and detailed sketches and diagrams; searches area for physical evidence; interviews suspects, witnesses, owners and occupants and makes determinations on the value of property loss due to fire, smoke and water damages.
  • Collects, secures, packages and transports physical evidence in accordance with chain of custody directives.
  • Supervises and conducts criminal investigations involving arson related crimes and apprehends suspects. 
  • Consults with law enforcement and insurance companies on arson and insurance fraud investigations.
  • Provides sworn testimony during legal proceedings to provide an accurate account of the investigation.
  • Reviews, prepares and maintains written fire and police reports of investigative findings including follow-up reports on lengthy cases.
  • Responds to fire alarms for fire suppression, as directed.
  • Supervises the maintenance and inventory of all fire investigation equipment to ensure its readiness and proper performance.
  • Supervises and conducts latent fire investigations as required.
  • Performs other related duties as required.


  • All applicants must submit a profile and pre-screen questionnaire and must meet pre-screen hiring guidelines currently in affect by the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.  Failure to do so will eliminate the applicant from the process.
  • Possession of a valid State Of Florida Emergency Medical Technician Certification within two years of hiring date.


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

CLASS: LDFINVS48Q; EST: 2/28/2012; REV: ;