Position Detail:

Harnett County Fire Marshal/Emergency Management
1005 Edwards Brothers Drive
P. O. Box 370
Lillington, NC 27546


910-893-3445 - fax

Hiring Information:

Position: Deputy Fire Marshal
Last Filing Date:  April 9, 2021

Special Instructions:  



The Harnett County Fire Marshal`s Division is currently recruiting for a Deputy Fire Marshal to perform technical and public safety work in relation to fire code enforcement, fire prevention, investigation of suspicious fires, training and serving as liaison with local fire departments, federal, state and county agencies in promoting overall fire prevention efforts within the county. This position works under general supervision of the Chief Deputy Fire Marshal.

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Works a 24 hour shift and responds to fire and other emergency situations (such as missing persons, hazardous materials incident, bomb threat, weather emergency) that occur; assess damages and advises on response needed; provides technical assistance to the incident commander.
Investigates complaints of fire safety hazards; compiles data and orders actions to comply with codes and ordinances, as applicable; issues citations for violations of state and county fire codes; advises business and property owners of action necessary to resolve violations.
Reviews commercial building plans for the county and other municipalities to ensure compliance with state and county building codes; conducts technical inspections of new construction or building modifications in the county and for municipalities to check conformance with state, federal and county fire codes
Conducts fire and life safety inspections on educational, institutional, mercantile, business, storage, hazardous, assembly, industrial and residential occupancies as required for compliance with the state building codes and local ordinances.
Conducts or witnesses acceptance testing of life safety systems (sprinkler systems, fire alarm systems, fixed fire suppressions systems, etc.) to determine initial compliance with codes and standards.
At the request of the fire chief or their designee conducts investigations of suspicious fires to determine cause and origin; interviews witnesses and/or suspects; prepares documentation of investigative action for presentation in criminal or civil court; testifies in court, as necessary.
Conducts public education classes on fire prevention and safety for the public, businesses, schools and other emergency responders.
Performs various record-keeping and administrative duties associated with preparing and maintaining technical records and reports related to fire inspections, including entering requests into computerized database, and preparing fire inspection reports to document activities and results of each inspection.
Prepares and teaches fire and life safety education classes for public schools, nursing homes, civic organizations, etc., as requested.
Assists local fire departments and other agencies with emergency response including fire suppression and search and rescue efforts.
Attends lectures; studies manuals; participates in fire drills and learns modern firefighting techniques; attends training to maintain certifications and increase skills.
Performs related duties as required.
Education and Experience:
Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

High School or General Education Development (GED) and two years of experience in fire inspections, fire investigations, fire prevention education, fire suppression, structural inspections and emergency management.

Licensing and Certifications:
Possession of a valid North Carolina driver`s license. North Carolina Fire Fighter Level I and II; North Carolina Fire Inspector Level I; North Carolina Hazardous Materials Level I; NIMS 100, 200, 700 and 800. Shall obtain a NC Class A Non CDL driver?s license within 90 days of employment.

Preferred Certifications:
North Carolina Fire Investigator certification; NIMS 300 and 400.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Thorough knowledge of federal, state, and local policies pertaining to fire prevention.
Thorough knowledge of procedures, laws, regulations, principles and modern practices and processes pertaining to fire inspections, emergency evacuation planning, fire investigations and prevention, hazardous materials handling, storage and reporting.
Thorough knowledge of firefighting principles and procedures, fire association and state fire protection and prevention codes, standards, and guides.
Thorough knowledge of chemicals hazards, methods of control and mitigation of chemical releases, laws and ordinances.
Thorough knowledge of fire prevention and public education programs.
Thorough knowledge of building construction and systems, fire sprinkler and standpipe systems
Thorough knowledge of arson investigation techniques, standards and related laws.
Thorough knowledge of fire department operations and organizational structures.
Skills in investigating fires and utilizing modern evidence gathering techniques and detailed documentation of findings.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with fire departments, emergency services agencies, schools, business and industry officials, other employees and the general public.
Ability to communicate effectively in both oral and written forms; to prepare and submit clear and detailed reports.
Ability to react quickly, effectively, and professionally in emergency situations and major disasters; to use sound judgment and determine best options.
Ability to interpret, explain, and apply laws, policies, procedures and regulations during specific emergency situations and in daily operations.

Physical Requirements
Must be able to physically perform the basic life operational functions of climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, feeling, grasping, talking, hearing and perform repetitive motions. Must be able to perform very heavy work exerting in excess of 100 pounds of force occasionally, and/or in excess of 50 pounds of force frequently, and/or in excess of 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects. Must possess the visual acuity to prepare and analyze data, for extensive reading and work with figures; to operate a computer, to inspect fire sites, to use measuring devices, to operate a motor vehicle; and to determine accuracy and neatness of work.

Successful completion of a drug screening and criminal background check will be required as a condition of employment.


Harnett County is one of the fastest growing counties in North Carolina with approximately 130,000 residents. Our "Strong Roots, New Growth," describes a county in transition, one that values its rural agricultural heritage while also embracing new growth and industry. Harnett County is optimally located between North Carolina`s capital city of Raleigh and the internationally recognized Research Triangle Park to the north, and the nation`s largest military installation in Fort Bragg to the south. The county is also centrally located in North Carolina and is within close proximity to the Great Smoky Mountains and Blue Ridge Parkway, and to the numerous Atlantic Ocean beaches and the Outer Banks.

The county offers a wide range of training and development opportunities, a stable career in public service with a balance of work and family life. We appreciate your interest in employment opportunities with Harnett County.

Harnett County is an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

Harnett County participates in E-Verify to determine employment eligibility to work in the United States.

Starting Salary:  $42,812.00 - $51,375.00 Annually
Top Salary:   N/A
Contact:   Harnett County Human Resources
455 McKinney Pkwy.
PO Box 778
Lillington, NC 27546

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