Fire Plans Examiner

Job Title: Fire Plans Examiner

Job Posting #: 2202-11-RR

Posted: November 22, 2022
Deadline: Until Filled

“Because We Care” – Travis County Emergency Services District Number 2 offers fire protection and emergency medical services, operating a fleet of both fire trucks and ambulances, to over 130,000+ residents throughout almost 100 square miles located 15 minutes northeast of Austin. It is headquartered in Pflugerville, Texas where a safe & family-oriented community aims to balance the preservation of our vibrant history alongside our entrepreneurial spirit to provide all people with exceptional amenities & an extraordinary quality of life. With flourishing industries as well as forward-thinking community leadership, our District offers many opportunities for growth, while at the same time maintaining a rural atmosphere.


Reports to and supervised by: Assistant Fire Chief of Risk Reduction

Division: Community Risk Reductions

Classification: Regular, Full-time, Non-exempt

Position Summary:
The Fire Plans Examiner (FPE) is tasked with the review of a variety of plan types including building, site and life safety systems to ensure compliance with the District’s adopted fire code and the associated standards.  The FPE will also be responsible for representing the District during development-related meetings with associated stakeholders including architects, civil engineers, fire protection engineers, property owners, and government officials among others.  During periods of high demand, the FPE may perform field inspections.

Essential Functions:

Duties and functions, pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following (but not limited to):

  • Reviewing site, building and other fire safety related plans to determine compliance with applicable codes and standards.
  • Researching and evaluating new materials and construction technology for compliance with requirements.
  • Consulting with and advising a variety of disciplines including architects, engineers, attorneys, contractors, and the public on the interpretation and application of various fire/life safety codes and standards.
  • Providing technical expertise and guidance related to code compliance questions and interpretations.
  • Making recommendations regarding alternative methods of compliance, performance-based options, and other fire code issues.
  • Developing information bulletins and other publications associated with the District’s stance and interpretation of various fire code issues.
  • Preparing and leading the presentation of training to various audiences.
  • Attending training classes and conferences on a variety of fire code related topics.
  • Other related duties as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibility:  None.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

Must possess required KSAs and experience and be able to explain, demonstrate, with or without reasonable accommodation, that essential functions of the job can be performed, with or without reasonable accommodations, that the essential functions of the job can be performed.

  • Knowledge of fire codes, building codes, related standards, state laws and their interpretation and enforcement practices.
  • Knowledge in building design and construction.
  • Knowledge in fire protection system design, installation, and maintenance.
  • Knowledge of, and skill in, plan review procedures and practices.
  • Skill in enforcing codes and standards with firmness and tact.
  • Skill in the effective and efficient management of time, scheduling of work and use of resources.
  • Ability to maintain accurate records of plan review and other associated activities.
  • Ability to learn a variety of computer software programs used by the department.
  • Ability to follow instructions and adhere to prescribed policies and procedures.
  • Ability to work independently without direct supervision.
  • Ability to communicate through clear and comprehensive written reports.
  • Ability to effectively interact with citizens, building owners, architects, engineers, and contractors.

Required Education, Knowledge and Experience:

  • Preferred Associate’s Degree or higher in Fire Science, Engineering, Construction Science or similar field.
  • Preferred three years of experience in reviewing plans to verify compliance with a nationally recognized fire code and/or performing fire code compliance inspections.
  • Texas Commission on Fire Protection (TCFP) Fire Inspector and Plan Examiner Certificates or the ability to obtain both within 6 months of employment.
  • Fire plans review related certification through the NFPA, International Code Council (ICC) or similar or the ability to obtain such certification within one year of employment.

An equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills and abilities for this job may be considered and substituted for evaluation at the discretion of the District. 

Physical Demands:

This job operates primarily in an office setting with occasional field work related to code enforcement/inspections activities.  This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines.  Applicant must possess:

  • Ability and physical stamina to climb, stoop, and access all areas of buildings or construction sites in order to conduct inspections.  Exposure to slippery or uneven surfaces.
  • Ability to occasionally perform physically demanding tasks under varying weather conditions outdoors.  Exposure to marked changes in temperature/humidity, dust, fumes, smoke, gases, odors, mists, or other potentially irritating particles.
  • Ability to occasionally lift and carry up to 50 pounds.
  • Ability to coordinate hand-eye and eye-foot movement.
  • Ability to maintain visual acuity up close, at a distance, peripherally, in depth, and discern the full color spectrum.
  • Ability to hear adequately when working in dangerous areas.

Environmental Requirements: Tasks are regularly performed indoors in a typical office environment.  Outside work will be performed primarily at construction sites with potential for exposure to adverse conditions, such as dirt, dust, pollen, odors, fumes and/or poor ventilation, wetness, humidity, rain, temperature, and noise extremes, machinery and/or moving vehicles.

Sensory Requirements:  Some tasks require manual dexterity, in addition to visual and hearing acuity.  Tasks may involve identifying and distinguishing colors.

Hours of Work:

This is a full-time position of a minimum 40-hour week.  Days and hours of work are typically Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Evening and weekend work may be required as job duties demand.  Alternative work schedules consistent with District policy will be considered.


Ability to commute between operational locations, within 30 miles or less, driving District assigned vehicles.  Occasional travel to conferences, trainings, seminars, etc.

Compensation: Starting Hourly Rate: $62,500 – $113,154 DOQ/E




This description is intended to indicate the kinds of tasks and levels of work difficulty required of the position given this title and shall not be construed as declaring what the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position shall be. It is not intended to limit or in any way modify the right of management to assign, direct and control the work of employees under supervision. The listing of duties and responsibilities shall not be held to exclude other duties not mentioned that are of similar kind or level of difficulty.  TCESD No. 2 is an equal opportunity employer.  Requirements outlined in this job description may be subject to modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities who are otherwise qualified for employment in this position.  This job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the District and the employee and is subject to change as the needs of the District and requirements of the job change.


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