The Bellevue Fire Department has a long tradition of excellence, as evidenced by our: performance in preventing, preparing for, and responding to emergencies; strong public image; and reputation among partners and peers in the region. The Department has passed a rigorous accreditation process by the Center for Public Safety Excellence four times since 1998 making it one of six fire departments in the State of Washington to currently hold this designation. We are also a Class 2 Community Protection Classification as determined by the Washington Survey & Rating Bureau, one of only 4 such departments in the State of Washington.
We are currently seeking two exceptional individuals to be our next Fire Prevention Officers in our Fire Prevention Division. This position is responsible for the enforcement of fire prevention codes and standards in existing and newly constructed buildings and occupancies. The position is also responsible for investigation of fires and the follow-up determination of cause. Individuals in this position will also be expected to become proficient in reviewing and approving plans and specifications for fire suppression, fire detection, special hazards, high piled storage and hazardous materials installations.
Fire Prevention Officer ? must be certified by ICC as a Fire Inspector within 6 months of employment.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Ability to use strong human relations and communications skills.
Enforce fire prevention codes and standards in existing and newly constructed buildings and occupancies.
Serve as a technical consultant on fire and life safety prevention fundamentals to fire suppression forces engaged in company fire prevention programs
Maintain an oversight role to a geographically defined area of the city with respect to fire loss, fire investigation, fire inspection practices, and public education program delivery
Investigate the cause and origin of fires.
Supervise activities of fire suppression and back up investigative personnel
Interview witnesses; write reports, and building comprehensive cases for the prosecution of arsonists.
Analyze physical evidence, circumstance and motive
Use a variety of tools to move debris and collect evidence at a scene of a fire.
Review technical drawings and plans for conformity with fire codes, city ordinances and fire protection standards
College-level course work in fire prevention fundamentals.
Word processing and data entry experience.
Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills.
Organization and detail-orientated skills.
Certified as a fire inspector or ability to acquire within 6 months.
Two years of experience as a fire inspector utilizing fire codes.
Fire investigation experience preferred.
Fire and city safety plans review experience preferred.
Must be able to kneel, stoop, climb and lift 30+ pounds.
Ability to work on-call as required.
Valid Washington State Driver`s License.
The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Work involves walking, talking, hearing, using hands to handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls, and reaching with hands and arms.
Vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
Must be able to kneel, stoop, climb and lift 30+ pounds
Incumbents are exposed to a variety of hazards.
This is a union, non-exempt position
For further information about this position, please contact Ken Carlson, at 425.452.6874 or via email at Kcarlson@bellevuewa.gov. If you need technical assistance with the online application, please contact the NEOGOV helpdesk at 855-524-5627
The City of Bellevue supports workplace diversity and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, national origin, marital status, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, or any other protected status. Persons needing assistance in the application process may call the Human Resources Office, at 425-452-6838.