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Assistant Fire Marshal

Charleston, SC

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Job Description **Applicants are required to submit a cover letter and resume with their application submission. The purpose of this position is to support the mission, vision and values of the Charleston Fire Department through prevention and control of property destruction by fire, preservation of public order and protection of life and property through proactive community risk reduction, and the detection of fire related crimes.Work is performed under the supervision of a Deputy Fire Marshal or the Fire Marshal.The employee will be engaged in activities that maintain a safe environment for citizens, visitors, and firefighters through proactive enforcement of regulations and emergency response to ensure mitigation of emergencies. The employee will be part of a team responsible for conducting origin/cause investigation and criminal fire investigations and pursuing fire code related infractions within the jurisdiction. This position will perform needed emergency response, technical, and administrative work as required. Responds to structure fires, large emergency events, terrorist events, storms or other emergency situations to assist with emergency operations. Participates in emergency operations or assigned command role to mitigate emergency incidents. On a scheduled rotation shall remain available to respond to emergency incidents 24 hours a day to engage in fire department operations to minimize the further destruction of property by fire or other hazards. Provides assistance to the Incident Commander at fire scenes or other emergencies in support of the required effort. Conducts assigned fire and life safety inspections of existing structures, inspections of new structures and modifications within existing structures, including construction features, automatic sprinklers and other fire protection systems, fire alarm systems, life safety features, hazardous materials and processes, to evaluate compliance with the Fire Code and related South Carolina construction codes for code compliance and assisting/coordinating inspections with fire department personnel.Electronically and manually documents inspections and identifies and documents corrective action required for Code compliance. Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with City departments, State agencies, schools, medical facilities and other groups in relation to fire regulations and ordinances. Issues citations and testifies in court when needed. Collaborates with Law Enforcement, Solicitor, and court personnel, as needed, in conducting criminal investigations involving fire related crimes, arson, suspected arson, or fire code infractions. Obtains warrants as needed. Submits depositions and testifies as required. Ability to interpret and apply regulations in a variety of circumstances with multiple variables. Communicates in writing and orally with the public, contractors, vendors, architects, and engineers, State Fire Marshal, law enforcement etc, in compliance and enforcement activities. Investigates fires, as assigned, to determine the origin and cause and pursues criminal charges when appropriate. Collects evidence; interviews witnesses and occupants, photographs the scenes, documents events; transports evidence for analysis and maintains chain of custody of all reports, photos, and evidence; and prepares final reports and summaries. Assist supervisors in development, review, and implementation of needed operating procedures and guides for fire inspections, fire code enforcement, public education, and investigations. Designs, develops, and delivers well planned, organized, informative fire prevention training as assigned. Assists with implementation and delivery of community outreach programs involving all members of CFD. Provides fire consultation services and fire prevention materials to business and the general public, including surveys, inspections, written materials and information. Reads and interprets building and fire protection plans. Conducts systematic review of fire and life safety plans and develops detailed plan review comments.Prepares required reports. Gathers all appropriate data regarding activities for analysis. May require evenings, weekends, and holidays as scheduled.Performs other duties as assigned. Requires: HS Diploma and 6 years of career fire service experience as a firefighter, fire inspector, public fire safety educator; or equivalent combination of education and experience; or, Associates degree in fire science or similar, at least 4 years career fire service experience as a firefighter, fire inspector, public fire safety educator; or, a Bachelors degree and 1-2 years of experience as a firefighter, fire inspector, public fire safety educator; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Minimum: Valid state issued driveru2019s license Emergency First Responder/CPR Certification Firefighter II (IFSAC/NFPA Curriculum or equivalent) Fire Inspector 1 (ICC preferred, NFPA, Pro Board, or equivalent). Hazardous Materials Operations ICS 100 ICS 200 At least 80 hrs. of relevant coursework, training, or certifications in fire inspections, investigations, and/or public fire safety education (beyond the coursework of FF 2). Preferred certifications of candidate or must be obtained within 6 months: South Carolina Resident Fire Marshal Certification ICC Fire Inspector 1 (Test or Reciprocity) Transition of out of state certificates to South Carolina Fire Academy Fire Investigation Certification or Coursework of not less than 16 hours Preferred certifications or achieved within 1 year: Principles of Building Construction: Non Combustible & Combustible (or equivalent) IS 700 IS 800 Preferred certifications or achieved within 2 years: International Code Council (ICC) Fire Inspector 2 Fire investigation Certification or coursework of not less than 32 hours Courtroom Preparation and Testimony or not less than 8 hours Incident Safety Officer ICS 300 ICS 400 Preferred certifications or achieved within 3 years: International Code Council (ICC) Fire Plans Examiner Fire & Life Safety Educator Fire investigation certification or coursework of not less than 80 hours Hazardous Materials Technician Preferred certifications or achieved within 4 years: Courtroom preparation course or program of 16 hours or more. Juvenile Firesetter Specialist level 1 International Association of Fire Investigators Fire Investigation Technician (IAAI-FIT) To perform this job successfully, an individual should have a working knowledge of Microsoft Windows, Outlook, Excel and Word or similar software.

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