City of Ventura

Fire Prevention Supervisor (#S79)

Unit: SEIU - Supervisory Unit (S)
$34.79-$46.62 Hourly / $6,029.73-$8,079.95 Monthly / $72,356.75-$96,959.41 Yearly


Under supervision of the Fire Marshal, plans, coordinates and supervises the inspection, plan review, and permit issuance functions relating to fire code and hazardous materials compliance within the City. Performs the duties of plans examiner, reviewing plans and specifications of fire protection and hazardous materials control systems and buildings/structures for compliance with City codes, State laws, national standards and accepted engineering practices.


Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:


Supervises the inspection and plan review process to ensure conformance with City ordinances, State adopted codes and standards, and State Health & Safety laws. Manages the inspection, plan review, and permit issuance functions, including the collection of all fees and records relating to code compliance activity.


Coordinates training of Fire Prevention Division staff to ensure that knowledge of new codes and State laws is kept up-to-date and a high level of competency is maintained.


Coordinates training of Department staff to ensure knowledge of fire prevention codes, policies, and practices of the City of Ventura.


Conducts field inspections as required and resolves complaints, problems and conflicts related to inspection work and provides guidance and assistance in interpretation of codes to staff.


Assists in the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies and procedures of the Division and Department.  Prepares and presents community promotions and public education related to the Division and Department.


Keeps informed on new laws, current code changes and new methods and materials for building construction and fire protection and implements and complies with such changes. Prepares special reports and statistical data, draft policies, procedures and ordinances, and maintains records as required.


Conducts plan checks for all commercial and other complex structures, events, hazardous processes, fire protection engineering calculations, fire code requirements, means of egress for code compliance and safety.


Performs building investigations for special occupancies or change of occupancies. Conducts research of existing buildings based on existing conditions and approved occupancy classification/use in order to verify that proposed classification/use is allowed under existing conditions or to determine what improvements are required by the California Building Code, California Fire Code, and other national standards.


Confers with builders, engineers, contractors, architects and general public concerning building/fire codes and permit requirements. Coordinates plan check activities with other City employees and outside agencies.


Prepares special reports and analysis of engineered fire protection features of existing buildings. Reviews test reports from laboratories conducted on passive and active fire protection systems and interprets reports in terms of City codes and regulations.


Assists at major city, state, or local emergency incidents by providing technical knowledge, investigating origin and cause of fires, conducting post fire analysis to address fire prevention challenges, providing information to City employees, the public, and/or the media, and serving as a liaison with external organizations and property owners.  Serves on the Emergency Operations Center team.


Selects, supervises, trains, and evaluates the work of assigned staff, determining job assignments, reviewing work products, and providing training as necessary.  Plans, schedules and oversees staff work assignments and progress.  Develops and implements procedures and policies for work unit.  Analyzes current staffing, software and resource needs and projects future requirements.  Monitors work performance on a continuous basis, initiating progressive discipline, training and preparing performance evaluations in a timely manner.

Performs other duties as required.


Knowledge of: State adopted codes, including fire, residential, building, plumbing, mechanical and electrical; California fire laws including State inspection mandates and Health & Safety Code requirements, practices and inspection procedures for occupancies; and modern administrative and supervisory practices and budget management. Ability to: make sound judgments in the interpretation of State adopted codes, standards, and laws; review complex building construction and fire protection system plans and calculations; plan, assign, supervise, evaluate and train a staff of professional, technical and clerical personnel; develop annual budgets and work programs; deal effectively with contractors, engineers, architects and the general public; communicate effectively both orally and in writing; and establish and maintain effective working relationships with peers, superiors and the public.



License: Depending on assignment, possession of a valid California Class C driver's license may be required.



Certificate of completion of PC 832 is highly desirable prior to appointment and is required within one year of appointment.


Successful completion of all California State Fire Marshal Fire Inspector I and II series courses or Fire Prevention I and II series courses, or valid International Code Council Fire Inspector II certification is required within one year of appointment.


California State Fire Marshal Plans Examiner certification and/or International Code Council (ICC) Fire Plans Examiner certification is required within two years of appointment.


Registered Fire Protection Engineer, Incident Command System – PIO; S-203 Information Officer; California Underground Storage Tank Inspector, California State Fire Marshal Fire Prevention courses and Fire Prevention or Hazardous Materials certifications issued by the International Code Council (ICC) are desirable.


Environment: works in indoor office conditions and in the field, in seasonal climate and weather conditions; with exposure to construction noise, equipment dust, and debris; may drive a vehicle to different locations; works under pressure, in potentially stressful situations. Physical Abilities: hearing and speak sufficient to exchange information in person, at formal presentations, or on the telephone; vision and hearing in normal range, with or without correction; and visual discrimination and perception for making observations; sits, walks and stands for extended periods of time; walking on uneven surfaces; bending, stooping, lifting, squatting, climbing; uses hands to handle, feel or operate standard office equipment including personal computer; mental capability to use a apply mathematical reasoning and abstract statistical and engineering concepts; observe and interpret people and situations, perform detailed work on multiple concurrent tasks, work under deadlines. Hazards: exposed to noise, dust, dirt, and computer screens.


A combination of education, training and experience equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree in Fire Protection Engineering, Fire Administration, Chemistry, Environmental Science or closely related field and two years of increasingly responsible experience performing fire protection engineering duties, including responsibility for plan review or field inspection of fire protection systems as well as experience leading, training, or supervising employees OR  an Associate’s degree in Fire Protection Engineering, Fire Administration, Chemistry, Environmental Science or closely related field and five years of increasingly responsible experience performing fire protection engineering duties, including responsibility for plan review or field inspection of fire protection systems as well as experience leading, training, or supervising employees.

CLASS: S79; EST: 2/4/2016; REV: 10/20/2016;