Recruitment #19-F5-2074


Job Description

Loudoun County Department of Fire and Rescue is seeking qualified applicants for a full-time Captain Fire Marshal position in the Fire Marshal’s Office, working 42 hours per week. Position responsibilities include, but are not limited to: performing direct program oversight for a section of the Fire Marshal’s Office; providing feedback and technical code interpretations and technical fire investigation expertise to staff to resolve complex situations; scheduling staff to ensure response to complaints and investigations on a 24-hour basis; performing inspections and or investigations as needed to ensure the Division meets service needs and to maintain proficiency; ensuring that response to citizen concerns regarding violations of fire, explosives and hazardous materials is prompt and mitigated according to the laws, regulations, and codes of the United States, Virginia, and Loudoun County; supporting and implementing County and Departmental policy and setting the example for fair and ethical behavior; reviewing and correcting subordinates’ reports, supplements, and other work products to ensure completeness, accuracy, and compliance with applicable industry standards; researching law and code in order to produce technical reports.  Providing fire and life safety education to the public and conducting professional presentations; providing emergency services as needed to include serving as the “on call” Fire Marshal supervisor on a rotating basis; functioning as a sworn law enforcement officer with local police (arrest) powers as it pertains to those offenses involving a violation of fire prevention and life safety laws and related ordinances, hazardous materials, fires, fire bombings, bombings, attempts or threats to commit such offenses, possession and manufacture of explosive devices, substances and fire bombs; regular carrying of an assigned firearm and weapon(s). This position is subject to working shift work that may include nights, weekends and holidays.

Job Requirements

Any combination of education and experience equivalent to a high school diploma, six years’ experience in a career or combination fire/rescue or law enforcement agency (preferably as a fire investigator/criminal investigator), in conjunction with two years of experience equivalent to a Loudoun County Assistant Fire Marshal (fire marshal/fire investigation) in a career or combination fire/rescue agency or law enforcement agency. Prefer Bachelor’s Degree in Safety, Security & Emergency Management with a concentration in Fire, Arson & Explosion Investigations, Public Administration, Human Resources Management or related field and 2 years related work experience.

Special Requirements

Position functions as a sworn law enforcement officer with local police (arrest) powers, to include the regular carrying of an assigned firearm. Position may be required to use force, as appropriate or defensive measures to subdue persons or to defend self or others. This position is subject to working shift work that may include nights, weekends and holidays. The work schedule is highly flexible and may include additional evenings and weekends. Some workdays require double shifts and off-duty contact. Routinely exposed to the hazards associated with fire suppression and related investigative work, namely fire, smoke, toxins, and other hazardous materials, to include explosives, biohazards and exposure to climatic extremes. May be exposed to explosives and chemical, biological and radiological hazards. Must be able to lift and move heavy objects weighing up to 100 pounds and maintain physical fitness commensurate with emergency response needs. Position subject to annual NFPA 1582 physical.

Position requires rapid and unpredictable progression from a stress-free environment into a highly stressful environment with a constant threat of physical injury or death. Requires valid, appropriate driver's license. Required certifications include: Virginia NFPA 1031 Fire Inspector, Virginia NFPA 1033 Fire Investigator and Virginia Fire Marshal Academy (VFMA) or DCJS equivalent, to include firearms and asp certification. Also, required within 18 months of appointment: EVOC, HazMat Awareness, CPR, OSHA Blood-borne Pathogens, VCI, LINX and Virginia DHCD Core. Preferred certifications include: NFPA Firefighter II, Virginia EMT (or equivalent), NFPA Fire Officer II, NFPA Fire Instructor I, FBI Hazardous Devices School, FBI/ATFe Post-Blast School, USDOT Federal Motor Carrier Inspector, CPSE-Certified Fire Marshal (CFM), IAAI-Certified Fire Investigator (CFI), IAAI-Fire Investigator Technician (FIT), NAFI-Certified Fire and Explosives Investigator (CFEI), DCJS Firearms Instructor, VDFP HazMat Operations, CIA/ATFE Canine, Environmental Crimes Training, Reid Technique of Interviewing and Interrogations (Advanced) or similar training program.

Post Conditional Offer Contingencies

Candidates must submit a curriculum vitae and copies of required and preferred certifications via email to or hand delivered to 801 Sycolin Road Suite 300 Attn: Human Resources by 1700 hours on date of ad closure. The selection process will include a review of candidate’s application and curriculum vitae; verification of certifications and experience; written exam, interactive exercises and panel interview(s).

The interactive exercises are comprised of situational questions, scenarios, simulations, and writing assignments tailored towards, but not limited to, the knowledge, skills, and abilities of the position (see brochure for details). The written exam, interactive exercises and physical agility test will be administered September 16-17, 2019. The process may also include an extensive criminal background check, medical examination, and interview(s) with the Chief of System and Chief Fire Marshal.