Tampa Skyline
Tampa Skyline
Tampa Skyline

Fire Inspector (Part-Time) 30HRS./WK

Number of Vacancies: 4

Recruitment #240320-703120-001

Nature Of Work

An employee in this class is responsible for serving as a part-time non-sworn Fire Inspector. Work is of average difficulty and includes limited responsibility for enforcing fire prevention codes. Previous experience in this activity is required as employees exercise some initiative and independent judgement in performing the inspectional tasks. Advanced inspections, which are performed under supervision, are also important aspects of work in this class. Employees must be capable of maintaining accurate records, drafting complete and concise reports, and performing tasks requiring light to moderate physical exertion. Most activities are performed in the field, requiring the operation of a lightweight motor vehicle in traveling among work sites as well as extensive public contact. Work schedules vary and might include nights, weekends and holidays on a regular or irregular basis. Work is reviewed through consultations, observation and submitted reports.

Examples of Duties

Conducts fire prevention inspections of commercial, industrial and multi-family structures including childcare facilities, apartment houses, theaters, and places of public assembly; inspects existing structures and facilities under construction for compliance with fire prevention ordinances.

Inspects for: placement and accessibility of fire exits; type, number and placement of fire extinguishers; heat from electrical service and boxes; placement and pressure of sprinkler systems and heads; use of required fire retardant materials; placement and functioning of heat and smoke detectors; conformance to occupancy requirements; and, other fire hazards and potential hazards. Informs owners, managers and other responsible parties of violations detected; explains corrections necessary and date by which corrections must be instituted; issues citations when voluntary compliance is not obtained.

Conducts public information programs, explaining fire prevention and safety measures through lectures, demonstrations and audiovisual presentations.

Receives classroom and on-the-job training in the inspection of liquefied petroleum gas installations for proximity to potential fire sources, fire containment provisions and adequacy of security measures.  

Maintains records of scheduled and completed assignments; documents findings in narrative and statistical reports; drafts written summaries sufficiently detailed and accurate for use in legal proceedings.

Performs related work as required.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Knowledge of: fire prevention laws, codes and ordinances; fire prevention and inspection techniques; building materials, construction practices and mechanical systems related to fire prevention, fire suppression, and the safeguarding of lives and property from fire; firefighting principles and practices.

Ability to: enforce fire prevention codes and ordinances firmly, tactfully and impartially; prepare written and oral reports and impart them effectively; perform tasks requiring light to moderate physical exertion; establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees, law enforcement and inspectional services personnel, builders, property owners, and the public.

Minimum Qualifications

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree in fire science or related field and four (4) years of experience in the fire service.

An equivalent combination of education (not less than possession of a high school diploma/GED), training and experience that would reasonably be expected to provide the job-related competencies noted above.

Licenses or Certifications

Possession of:

  • A valid Florida driver's license.
  • State of Florida Fire Inspector's certificate. 


Evaluation of education and experience. Drug testing is included in all pre-employment processing.


Employees may be required to work rotating shifts, including nights, weekends, holidays and overtime as needed. During periods when the Mayor issues an emergency declaration for the City of Tampa, all employees may be required to work in preparation, response or recovery activities related to the stated emergency.


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