Job Description

Job Summary
Coordinates the day-to-day activities of personnel assigned to the Fire Marshal’s Office engaged in conducting new construction plan review, fire investigations, existing occupancy inspections, and related activities. Work also involves providing technical assistance to staff in inspection and investigatory standards, interpretation and compliance with codes, ordinances, and departmental and County policy. Other duties include providing staff support for the Fire Marshal in the area of budgeting, research and report writing, and liaison to other agencies and organizations. The employee must use independent judgment and initiative in performing the duties of the position. Work is performed under the general direction and supervision of the Fire Marshal.

The Assistant Fire Marshal is on a 24-hour, seven day rotation for fire investigative purposes. Hours not included in the normal 40 hour work week are paid as standby.


Education and Experience:


Four (4) year degree with major coursework in fire science or administration, law enforcement, business, or public administration, or related field.


– AND –


Five (5) years’ experience in code administration or enforcement including at least three (3) years of supervisory experience


– OR –


Any equivalent combination (8 years) of relevant education, training, and experience which would demonstrate an ability to perform the duties of this classification.




Possess a Fire Inspector II certification from ICC.




Possess a Fire Plans Examiner certification from ICC.




Possess a Fire Investigator certification from Washington State, NAFI, IAAI, IFSAC, or other approved organization.



Possession of a valid motor vehicle operator’s license.




Completion of an approved course of instruction for meeting the law enforcement requirements for Fire Marshals in accordance with RCW 43.44.050(6) within 2 years of the date of employment is required.


Knowledge of:  Fire prevention laws, codes and standards; laws which affect fire prevention inspections, fire scene examination and criminal investigations; law enforcement techniques; forecasting/estimating and budgeting techniques.


Ability to:  Express oneself clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; carry out written and oral instructions; enforce laws, ordinances, codes and regulations with firmness, tact and impartiality; recognize and define fire hazards or conditions which do not meet the conditions of the applicable code or standard and to recommend effective remedial measures; establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff; public and private officials; developers; representatives of city, county and other governmental agencies; community groups; the general public and the news media; plan and coordinate the work of technical and professional personnel in a manner conducive to full performance and high morale; review plans for building, fire protection systems, special systems or uses and land use applications for compliance with applicable fire codes, ordinances, standards, etc.; investigate thoroughly and completely the origin, cause and circumstances of all types of fires occurring in or on fixed or mobile properties; develop, follow through, compile and present prosecutable cases for fires which involve criminal action; work on an on-call rotating schedule involving fire investigations during off-duty hours; prepare and present fire prevention, educational and informational programs to targeted audiences of varying ages and interests.




If you wish to upload a resume or other documents: Resumes and documents must be attached together in the ‘Resume Upload’ section of the application.  Multiple files are allowed, but all applicant attachments must be uploaded simultaneously, as there is no way to edit or append uploaded materials after submitting the application.


Application Review (Pass/Fail) – An online application is required.  Attaching a resume does not substitute for a completed application; incomplete applications will not pass the application review. Candidates deemed most qualified will be invited to participate in the remainder of the selection process.


Practical Exam (Pass/Fail) – This recruitment may require a practical exam which will be job related and may include, but not be limited to, the qualifications outlined in the job announcement. Candidates deemed most qualified will be invited to participate in the remainder of the selection process.


Oral Interview – The interview will be job related and may include, but not be limited to, the qualifications outlined in the job announcement.  Top candidate(s) will continue in the process.


Employment References will be conducted for the final candidates and may include verification of education.


It is the general policy of the County that new employees should be hired at the lower steps of the applicable range and advance through the range at the normal progression.


Position will remain open until filled.



Examples of Duties
Duties may include but are not limited to the following:


Assist in the development of the Fire Marshal’s Office work plan; assign work activities, projects, and programs; monitor work flow; implement policies and procedures; review and evaluate work products, methods, and procedures.


Assist in budget development and coordination; prepare cost estimates for budget recommendations; submit justifications for budget items; assist with monitor and control of expenditures.


Participate in recommending the appointment of personnel; provide or coordinate staff training; work with employees to correct deficiencies.


Assist with the adoption and enforcement of fire codes, ordinances, and standards.

Conduct inspections of buildings and property for fire hazards, conduct fire investigations, conduct new construction plan review and acceptance inspections, and public education activities.


Conduct origin and cause fire investigations. Perform follow-up investigation as needed for those fires which are determined to have other than an accidental or providential cause. These investigations may require working evenings, weekends, holidays, and during inclement weather on a rotating shift basis.


Maintains a current knowledge (and/or certifications) of changes in applicable codes, laws, ordinances, and standards.


Perform as liaison to other agencies and organizations.


Assume responsibility for the administration of the division in the absence of the Fire Marshal.


Perform other related job functions as required or assigned.



Salary Grade
Local 307.13A


Salary Range
$42.56 – $57.47- per hour

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