State of Maryland


- Hourly / - BiWeekly /
- Monthly / $91,195.00-$146,573.00 Yearly






A Chief Fire Protection Engineer is supervisory level professional engineering work for the office of the State Fire Marshal which has jurisdiction over all building construction except one and two family dwellings.  The employee in this classification supervises the review of plans and specifications for the construction of buildings and chemical, gas and flammable liquid installations.  The employee in this classification is required to evaluate construction material, mechanical devices and fire protection equipment for compliance with fire code requirements.  The employee in this classification is responsible for the inspection of complicated industrial processes and makes recommendations to eliminate fire hazards.  The employee in this classification also provides assistance with fire protection matters in applicable building codes.  The employee in this classification provides technical services to Fire Investigators, assists in the investigation of fires and explosions of an extensive nature, and advises on special hazard protection.  The employee in this classification supervises Fire Protection Engineers that apply fire code technical standards to construction plans to secure compliance with the State Fire Prevention Code.  The employee in this classification supervises lower-level Fire Protection Engineers and clerical staff.

The employee in this classification receives general direction from the State Fire Marshal.  Most of the work performed by the employee in this position is rendered independently, with review only for results and conformance with policy.  The employee works on occasion with local building and fire officials and with personnel of other State agencies.

Positions in this classification are evaluated by using the classification job evaluation methodology.  The use of this method involves comparing the assigned duties and responsibilities of a position to the job criteria found in the Nature of Work and Examples of Work sections of the class specification.


Supervises a staff of lower-level Fire Protection Engineers;

Reviews plans and specifications for compliance with applicable codes related to building construction and hazardous occupancies containing or processing flammable liquids and/or gas;

Inspects industrial plants for evaluation of hazardous processes;

Meets with County fire and building officials and reviews plans for proposed construction;

Confers with, and gives guidance to, architects and engineers on methods of achieving compliance with fire protection criteria in building and fire codes;

Investigates explosions and fires of complex nature;

Prepares recommendations to insure fire code compliance in connection with inspections and with review of plans;

Presents information to professional technical societies, educational groups, and related professions regarding fire protection procedures;

Performs other related duties.


Specific educational and experience requirements are set by the agency based on the essential job functions assigned to the position.


Class Descriptions are broad descriptions covering groups of positions used by various State departments and agencies.  Position descriptions maintained by the using department or agency specifically address the essential job functions of each position.

Class Descriptions provide information about the Nature of Work, Examples of Work, General Requirements and Acknowledgements.  The Required   Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities; Minimum Education and Experience Requirements; Special Requirements; and recruitment and testing procedures are set by the using agency.

This is a Management Service classification in the State Personnel Management System.  All positions in this classification are Management Service positions.

This classification is not assigned to a bargaining unit, as indicated by the designation of S (Supervisor), M (Manager), T (Agency Head), U (Board or Commission Member), W (Student), X (Used by Agency or Excluded by Executive Order), or Z (Confidential).  As provided by State Personnel and Pensions Article, Section 3-102, special appointment, temporary, contractual, supervisory, managerial and confidential employees are excluded collective bargaining.  Additionally, certain executive branch agencies are exempt from collective bargaining and all positions in those agencies are excluded from   collective bargaining.

Date Established

Jul 1 1975 12:00AM

Date Revised

March 19, 2021

Approved By

Director, Division of Classification and Salary

CLASS: 003338; EST: 7/1/1975; REV: 7/1/2021;

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