Tucson Fire Department

Recruitment #2205-2586-001


The Tucson Fire Department is seeking a motivated, dependable and experienced Fire Plans Examiner to review public, commercial, industrial, and residential construction plans for compliance with both national and local building and fire codes. This specialized position will also reviews fire protection plans to ensure compliance with National Fire Protection Association standards, and provides building and fire code information to enforcement inspectors and general public.

Essential Functions

Occasionally directs helpers, assistants, seasonal employees, interns, volunteers or temporary employees and may temporarily act in a higher capacity.

Conducts comprehensive and technical plans review for fire resistive requirements, code compliance, access, water availability, hazardous materials, zoning restrictions, and permit requirements.

Reviews fire protection plans involving underground piping installations, wet and dry sprinkler installations, stand pipe systems, fire pump installations, kitchen exhaust hood fire suppression systems, clean agent systems, pre-action systems, and fire alarm plans.

Confers with architects, engineers, contractors, building officials, fire service personnel, and property owners regarding the application and interpretation of adopted/recognized codes and regulations. Conducts construction and highly technical fire protection field inspections.

Coordinates plan review activities with other city departments and outside agencies.

Assess fire-related fees for new development and construction activities. Participates in evaluating current fire safety conditions.

Provides assistance to enforcement inspectors and general public regarding building and fire code inquiries, and code interpretation.

Maintains complete records of plans reviews to include computer data entry.

Maintains certification and technical knowledge of fire and life safety systems, codes, and construction materials and methods through such means as attending conferences and seminars, reviewing professional publications, taking classes and participating in developmental activities.

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Education Level & Type: Associate's Degree

Minimum Experience Qualifications: At least 3 years experience in fire plans examination involving the use of regulations and adopted building and fire codes and standards, and the performance of complex plans review for general construction and common engineered facilities.

Relevant experience in lieu of education may be considered.

Special Job Requirements

Fire Plan Examiner certification through National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) or through International Code Council (ICC)
National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET) Level II certification in either Automatic Sprinkler System Layout or Fire Alarm Systems

Selection Plan

Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be evaluated on the education and work experience in their employment profile and the responses to their supplemental questions. The highest scoring applicants will then be invited to participate in an Oral Board interview.

Oral Board Interviews will be held in June 2022. 

An applicant's ranking on the Civil Service list will be based on their final score which will be calculated as 20% of your rating for Education and Experience as outlined in the application supplemental questions, and 80% of your rating for the Oral Board Interview. 

Hiring interviews may be conducted. 

Veterans, Native American, or Disability preference points will be added to the final score for those that are placed on the Civil Service Employment List. If you qualify for preference points as outlined in the Employment Profile, you may email or upload your documentation. The DD 214's must be the member 4 copy which indicates characterization of service. If you are in need of Americans with Disabilities Act-related accommodation during the testing process, please call 520-837-7020 at least 48 hours prior to the evaluation. All email inquiries should be directed to


This position requires passing a criminal background check, Motor Vehicle History Report, and required pre-employment testing. Reference checks will also be conducted prior to an offer of employment. Employment offers are contingent upon successfully passing the above requirements.

**The City of Tucson values the safety of our employees, our residents, our community, and our visitors. In support of these values, if you are selected for this job, you must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, except when vaccination is not medically advised or violates your sincerely held religious beliefs. If you are invited to join our team, you must submit proof that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to your initial HR representative, or you must request an exemption from your representative. New employees must either provide proof of vaccination or be granted a medical or religious exemption before working with the City of Tucson.**

Pre-employment Medical Testing Requirements

Non-NIDA Drug Screen

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To ensure accurate payroll information for tax purposes, the successful candidate will need to provide their original Social Security Card or original letter from the Social Security Administration with their social security number prior to beginning work with the City of Tucson.

The City of Tucson hires lawful workers only - US citizens or nationals and non-citizens with valid work authorization - without discrimination. Federal immigration laws require all employers to verify both the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States. In its efforts to meet the law's requirements, the City of Tucson participates in the E-Verify program established by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) to aid employers in verifying the eligibility of workers.

Retired City of Tucson employees receiving benefits from the Tucson Supplemental Retirement System who are considering reemployment with the City should be aware that pursuant to Section 22-37(g) of the Tucson City Code, retirement benefits shall be suspended during the period of reemployment with the City of Tucson unless you have been separated at least twelve consecutive months before returning to work AND you return to a non-permanent employment classification. Creditable service does not accrue during any reemployment period.