Job Title: Fire Official

Reports to:Director of Construction Services
Typical Schedule:245 days/8 hours
Bargaining Unit:N/A

 

FLSA:Exempt
Job Code:TBD
Salary Schedule:84N

JOB GOAL

Responsible for overseeing the life safety program and conducting fire inspections for the District to help ensure that School Board facilities are in compliance with applicable codes and regulations. This includes coordinating efforts to eliminate fire, safety, and health hazards; performing inspections; scheduling training activities related to fire safety; reporting; and overseeing all facets of life safety, sanitation and casualty inspections for all School Board facilities.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

The following statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position. These statements are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities required of those in this position.
  1. Responsible for enforcing State Requirements for Education Facilities (SREF), Florida Fire Prevention Codes, NFPA and other applicable state safety regulations.
  2. Oversee, coordinate, and perform fire, casualty, and sanitation inspections for all new and existing facilities, working with county and municipal agencies as appropriate.
  3. Coordinate and conduct plan reviews for new construction, remodeling, renovation, and maintenance projects to ensure compliance with Florida Fire Prevention Codes, NFPA and SREF.
  4. Recommend strategic corrections for violations cited on the comprehensive safety inspection report to ensure compliance with SREF, Life Safety Codes, Florida Fire Prevention Code and NFPA Code.
  5. Provide technical advice and information to administrators, architects, engineer’s staff, and the public regarding compliance SREF, Life Safety Codes, Florida Fire Prevention Code and other NFPA Standards.
  6. Conduct public education fire safety training for district employees and school-based personnel.
  7. Review all inspection reports, recommend prompt corrective actions, and conduct follow up inspections to ensure that all deficiencies have been corrected.
  8. Perform fire investigation activities, including examining district facilities, collecting data, and preparing reports on causes of fire incidents.
  9. Establish and monitor preventative measures and procedures to ensure safety, including monitoring fire exit drills and evaluating evacuation procedures; coordinating the installation and maintenance of all fire protection systems; conducting acceptance testing of fire protection systems; and arranging for the replacement of defective fire protection equipment and the repair of fire alarm and fire sprinkler systems.
  10. Protect students and staff from hazardous activities and the use of unsafe equipment.
  11. Continuously monitor Fire and Health and Safety legislation and coordinate with local Fire Marshals in the interpretation and enforcement of all applicable laws, codes, and regulations.
  12. Attend professional development seminars to remain current in Life Safety requirements.
  13. Initiate maintenance work orders for repair of noncompliant items to ensure compliance with health and safety codes and regulations.
  14. Coordinate and oversee professional services contracts for services, including inspection, maintenance, and repair of fire prevention equipment and systems.
  15. Perform other duties as assigned.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

Requirements are representative of minimum levels of knowledge, skills and/or abilities. To perform this job successfully, the incumbent will possess the abilities or aptitudes to perform each duty successfully. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES

  • Working knowledge of applicable safety/sanitation rules and standards
  • Ability to understand, locate sources of information, and disseminate technical information related to life, health, and fire safety
  • Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, including electronic media
  • Ability to exercise considerable judgment, diplomacy and initiative when handling public issues of a delicate nature
  • Ability to organize, prioritize, manage and carry out duties efficiently and within established timeframes

EDUCATION, TRAINING & EXPERIENCE

  • High School diploma or equivalent
  • Five years of experience in plans review, fire inspections, and/or safety reviews
  • OR
  • Any equivalent combination of education and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the essential duties and responsibilities of the position

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES & REGISTRATIONS

  • Certification as a Fire Inspector
  • Must comply with and maintain certification as a Fire Inspector as required by Florida Statute 633.81 (Inspection of Buildings and Equipment; Orders; Fire Safety Inspection Training Requirements; Certification; Disciplinary Action) and Florida Statute 1013.12 (Casualty, Safety, Sanitation, and Fire Safety Standards and Inspection of Property
  • Valid Florida driver license

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Experience performing casualty and sanitation inspections
  • Experience and/or certification as a fire plans examiner
  • Operating knowledge of computer applications as related to departmental job functions

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY

Direct supervision of safety inspectors. Responsibilities include planning, assigning, and directing work; addressing complaints and resolving problems; training employees; and assisting with hiring, discipline and evaluating performance.                       

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

Light Work: Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently. If the use of arm and/or leg controls require exertion of forces greater than that for sedentary work and the worker sits most of the time, the job is rated as light work.

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to sit, talk and hear; stand and walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms. The employee occasionally lifts and/or moves up to 25 pounds. Specific vision ability required by this job includes close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus.

WORKING CONDITIONS

Indoors and Outdoors: The worker is subject to both environmental conditions. Activities occur inside and outside.

Hazard: The worker is subject to hazards. This includes a variety of physical conditions, such as proximity to moving mechanical parts, electrical current, working on scaffolding and high places and exposure to high heat or chemicals.

Atmospheric Conditions: The worker is subject to atmospheric conditions. One or more of the following conditions affect the respiratory systems or the skin: fumes, odors, mists, gases, or poor ventilation.

MACHINES, TOOLS, EQUIPMENT

  • General office equipment, including personal computers, fax machines, copiers, telephones, etc.

TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT

Salary and benefits shall be paid consistent with the District’s approved compensation plan. Length of the work year and hours of employment shall be established by the District.

Performance of the job will be evaluated in accordance with provisions of the School Board’s policy on evaluation of personnel.

Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Pasco County Schools will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities to allow them to perform the essential functions of the job when such individuals request an accommodation.

Fire Official;   EST: June 18, 2013;   REV: n/a;   Board Approved: June 18, 2013