Tampa Skyline
Tampa Skyline
Tampa Skyline

Fire Investigations Supervisor

Promotional Process

Recruitment #240401-007275-001


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Nature Of Work

The employee in this class is responsible for supervising and conducting investigations and examinations and causing such arrests as necessary to faithfully discharge the duties of this office. Work requires comprehensive technical knowledge of fire origin and cause investigations and latent investigations, related Florida state statutes, ordinances, and the criminal justice system. The employee reviews and coordinates criminal and civil arson and related cases with the assigned investigator and works closely with the State Attorney's Office in effecting the successful prosecution of all arson and related criminal cases. Work is of considerable difficulty and responsibilities include assigning cases, scheduling, coordination of training, and overseeing, assisting in and reviewing the work of subordinate personnel. The employee is also responsible for performing special, technical investigations when complex or unusual situations arise. These tasks require light to moderate physical exertion. Many of the duties and responsibilities are performed in the field, requiring the operation of a lightweight motor vehicle to respond to various locations. Extensive public contact is involved in sensitive and demanding circumstances; there is also considerable contact and coordination with governmental agencies at the municipal, county, state, and federal levels. This work requires tact, diplomacy, and considerable initiative and independent judgment in arriving at decisions, directing or personally accomplishing the implementation of decisions and performing related management and supervisory tasks. Work is reviewed by the Fire Marshal through observation, conferences and results obtained.

Examples of Duties

Manages the investigations division; assigns work to subordinates and explains any specific instructions associated therewith; evaluates performance of employees and completes performance evaluations; recommends administration of discipline as warranted; serves as initial respondent to grievances; reviews work of subordinates through field visits and checks of submitted reports and records.

Supervises personnel responsible for determining the origin and cause of fires and conducting latent investigations; reviews cases and determines "probable cause" for arrests when possible and advises investigator accordingly.

As necessary: responds to fire scenes; conducts investigations; and is on-call for responses after hours and weekends and holidays.

Instructs new employees in: fire investigations; State laws concerning arson investigations and rule of evidence; City, State and national fire prevention codes; use of equipment and tools; and, building codes as they relate to fire prevention.

Advises the Fire Marshal regarding matters concerning the division; participates in the development of long- and short-range plans to improve service delivery; assists in developing the budget.

Responds orally and in writing to questions, inquiries and complaints; prepares and submits statistical, narrative and other reports.

Performs related work as required.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Knowledge of: effective management and supervisory techniques; pertinent State Statutes regarding the crime of arson and companion crimes; fire investigation techniques; fire prevention and inspection techniques; building materials, construction practices and mechanical systems related to fire prevention, fire suppression and the protection of lives and property from fire; laws, court decisions and legal opinions relating to the investigation and prosecution of arsonists; firefighting principles and practices.

Ability to: assign, schedule, manage, supervise, and review the work of subordinates; conduct and supervise thorough fire and related investigations in compliance with legal and procedural requirements; prepare written and oral reports and impart them effectively; perform work requiring light to moderate physical exertion; establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, law enforcement agencies, various government agencies at all levels, and the public.

Minimum Qualifications

Twelve (12) years of experience in the Tampa Fire Rescue service including three (3) years as a Fire Investigator (F7) to sit for the exam and be promoted.

Some managerial or supervisory experience preferred.

Licenses or Certifications


A valid Florida driver's license.

Current Florida State certification as a Law Enforcement Officer

Florida State Fire Inspector I Certification

Florida State Fire Inspector II Certification

Successful completion of the Company Officer Class (certificate or proof of course completion)

ICS 300 and 400 Certifications


Evaluation of education and experience

SOURCE MATERIAL FOR EXAM: *** In effect the date of this announcement***

Standard Operating Guidelines (SOG's)

Rules and Regulations

Current Collective Bargaining Agreement

NFPA Fire Officer: Principles and Practice- Enhanced Third Edition ( ISBN: 978-1-284-06836-8)


Education and Seniority points will be added after a score of 60% is obtained. (Submit all applicable degrees, transcripts and certifications with application. All documents must be submitted prior to the posting deadline date/time).

EXAMINATION DATE: August 16, 2024.


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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