Fire Inspector III/Plan Reviewer (2110-12-RR)

Job Title: Fire Inspector III/Plan Reviewer

Job Posting #: 2110-12-RR

Posted: September 17, 2021
Deadline: Until Filled

“Because We Care” – Travis County Emergency Services District Number 2 offers fire protection and emergency medical services 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.

Application

Interested applicants must complete the online District Employment Application with all supporting documentation (e.g. Form DD214, resume, academic transcripts, certificates, etc.) attached by the deadline above.

Reports to and supervised by: Community Risk Reduction Director

Division: Community Risk Reduction

Classification:  Regular, Full-time, Non-exempt

Summary:

This is the third in a series of three Fire Inspector positions. A Fire Inspector III/Plan Reviewer is responsible for ensuring compliance with the District’s adopted fire code through a variety of tasks including, but not limited to, plan review, the inspection of existing and new occupancies, the inspection of fire protection systems, and assisting with other fire code enforcement activities. Work complexity requires an extensive amount of expertise and the ability to work independently without direction or guidance on reoccurring activities. Incumbent will lead significant projects or programs within the Community Risk Reduction Division. This position may also assist with community outreach, public education and other risk reduction activities as assigned. 

Essential Functions:

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

  • Schedule, coordinate and perform inspections of fire protection systems, buildings and properties to ensure compliance with the district’s fire code and related standards.
  • Schedule, coordinate and perform fire and life safety inspections of licensed facilities.
  • Schedule, coordinate and lead pre-development and/or pre-construction meetings with members of the design community
  • Review site, building and other fire safety related plans to determine compliance with applicable codes.
  • Research available options, select best option, prepare the required documentation and issue legal orders related to the enforcement of the fire code.
  • Resolve compliance problems with various parties through written or verbal communication.
  • Prepare and maintain documentation related to all activities.
  • Perform public education services as requested.
  • Prepare and lead the presentation of training to various audiences.
  • Research, select, coordinate and/or attend training classes and conferences on a variety of fire code related topics.
  • Assist Inspector I and Inspector II personnel as needed.
  • Lead and manage assigned projects using resources provided to meet expected goals and outcomes.
  • Other related duties as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibility: This position will be responsible for the oversight and management of significant projects or programs within the Community Risk Reduction Division as directed by the Division Manager. This position may be required to act as the Division Manager in their absence.

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.

  • Extensive knowledge of fire codes, building codes, related standards, state laws and their interpretation and enforcement practices.
  • Extensive knowledge in building design and construction.
  • Extensive knowledge in fire protection system design, installation, and maintenance.
  • Extensive knowledge of, and skill in, plan review procedures and practices.
  • Skill in inter-personal relations, communication, and problem-solving.
  • Skill in enforcing codes and standards with firmness and tact.
  • Skill in data entry and reporting with great attention to detail and confidentiality
  • Skill in the effective and efficient management of time, scheduling of work and use of resources.
  • Ability to maintain accurate records of fire inspections, 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 establish and maintain a harmonious work environment with fellow employees and the general public.
  • Ability to work independently without supervision.
  • Ability to communicate through clear and comprehensive written reports.
  • Ability to effectively interact with citizens, building owners, architects, engineers, and contractors.

Physical Demands:

This job operates in a clerical office setting and mostly in a field environment including new and existing building construction. 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 perform moderate to strenuous physical activity necessary 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.
  • Ability to operate and complete tasks wearing required personal protective equipment.

Hours of Work:

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

Travel:

Ability to commute between operational locations, within 30 miles or less, driving District assigned vehicles.

Required Education, Knowledge and Experience

  • Eight (8) years of direct experience in reviewing plans to verify compliance with a nationally recognized fire code and performing fire code compliance inspections, and
  • Bachelor’s Degree in public safety, fire protection, or related field; graduate degree preferred.
  • An equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills and abilities for this job, may be substituted for evaluation at the discretion of the District.

Licenses & Certification Required: 

  • Texas Commission on Fire Protection (TCFP) Advanced Fire Inspector Certificate; Master Fire Inspector Certificate preferred, and
  • TCFP Plan Examiner Certificate, and
  • International Code Council (ICC) Fire Inspector I certification, and
  • ICC Fire Inspector II certification, and
  • ICC Fire Plans Examiner certification, Certified Fire Marshal preferred, and
  • Maintain a Class “C” Texas vehicle driver’s license.

Compensation:  Starting Hourly Rate: $37.11 – $39.74   DOQ/E

 

Disclaimer

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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