Fire Prevention Officer

  • City of Chico, CA
  • Chico, California
  • Feb 26, 2021
Full Time Fire and EMS
  • Salary: $85,384.00 - $117,707.20 Annually USD

Job Description

Position Information

The City of Chico is seeking an exceptional individual to fill the position of Fire Prevention Officer. This position reports directly to the Fire Chief and will be responsible for the City's fire prevention and life safety programs. The ideal candidates will have experience carrying out Fire Inspections in a suburban/urban area, applying and interpreting California Fire Code, and performing Plan Checks on residential, commercial and industrial projects.

NOTICE: The City of Chico is committed to inclusion and a diverse workforce and has made candidate applications anonymous to reduce implicit bias in the hiring process. Candidate names, addresses, and other Personally Identifiable Information (PII) are auto-redacted on applications sent to the department. Due to this redaction, resumes, certificates, or any other attachment with PII will not be forwarded until after an interview schedule is determined. As such, candidates should ensure that the entered "Work Experience" and "Certifications" sections match the submitted resume.

This recruitment is open until filled.

Job Description


Under general direction of the Fire Chief or his or her designee, to implement a comprehensive fire prevention and life safety program; participates in firefighting, emergency medical services, rescue, and hazardous materials response as required; provides responsible and highly technical staff assistance; and does related work as assigned. May be delegated authority as Fire Marshal by the Fire Chief.

Typical Duties:

  • Supervise a comprehensive fire prevention and life safety program; *
  • Research and recommend improved fire safety and prevention policies, regulation, and ordinances; *
  • Perform technical plan checks involving residential, commercial, and industrial projects as assigned; *
  • Confer with developers, architects, contractors and other City officials regarding fire safety and prevention needs; *
  • May authorize operational permits, as required by the California Fire Code; *
  • Supervise and participate in the inspection of buildings to identify hazardous conditions and materials; *
  • Conduct follow-up inspections to ensure code compliance; *
  • Supervise and participate in investigations to determine the origin and cause of fires; *
  • Prepare civil and criminal case reports; *
  • Interview witnesses; *
  • Supervise and assist in the selection, training and evaluation of assigned staff; *
  • Supervise and assist in the development and delivery of public safety education programs; *
  • Speak to public groups; *
  • Administer weed abatement program;
  • Operate Fire Department computers; *
  • Respond to emergencies as required; *
  • Subject to emergency recall during non-duty hours.; *
  • Perform related duties as required.
*Essential Function

Duties recorded above are representative of the duties of the class and are not intended to cover all the duties performed by incumbent(s) of any particular position. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the scope of work is similar, related or a logical assignment to this class; such assignments shall fall under the category of "other duties, as assigned."

Tools and Equipment Used:

Vehicle, radio, pager, personal computer, calculator, phone, personal protective equipment, standard firefighting, hazardous materials response, rescue equipment, and emergency medical equipment.

Physical Demands:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit and talk and hear. The employee is frequently required to walk, occasionally on uneven surfaces; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl, occasionally in confined spaces; and taste or smell.

The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 175 pounds or more with assistance. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works in outside weather conditions ranging from below freezing to in excess of 100 degrees Fahrenheit. The employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts and in high, precarious places and is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, risk of electrical shock, and vibration. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate except on emergencies where it may be loud.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Knowledge of : Principles, practices, and procedures of modern firefighting, rescue, emergency medical services, hazardous materials response, fire investigation and fire prevention; operation of fire fighting apparatus and equipment; geography, types of building construction, water supply, and major fire hazards of the City of Chico; Federal, State, and local laws, regulations and codes pertaining to fire suppression and prevention; principles of combustion and hydraulics; principles and practices of supervision, budget management and performance evaluation.

Ability to : Implement effective fire safety and prevention measures; supervise and coordinate subordinates in an efficient and effective manner; conduct thorough fact finding investigations and enforce fire safety regulations firmly and equitably; communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; establish and maintain effective, cooperative relationships with subordinates, other City employees, and the general public; maintain Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Automatic External Heart Defibrillator certifications; achieve State Board of Fire Services Prevention Officer III or Plans Examiner certification within one year of appointment; achieve the State Board of Fire Services Fire Marshal certification within two years of appointment.


Minimum Qualifications:

Experience : Five years of full-time paid firefighting experience similar to the Firefighter classification with the City of Chico or three years fire/fire prevention experience, including plan check/review or inspection.

Education : An Associate's Degree in Fire Technology, Fire Protection Engineering or other related field; completion of the course work required to qualify for certification in the following: Fire Marshal or Plan Examiner and Fire Inspector II.

Additional Requirement : Possession of a valid Class C California Driver License. Possession of a current Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation card required.

Desired Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor's Degree in fire management, education, or a related field.
  • State Board of Fire Services Fire Marshal certification
  • State Board of Fire Services Firefighter I certification
  • Certification as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT).
Equivalency may be established pursuant to the City-Wide Classification Plan.

Additional Information

The City of Chico is looking for individuals who are results-oriented, possess great attitudes, demonstrate creativity and innovation, work efficiently, show a record of success and have a PASSION for public service. Having the best employees provides the best service to the community.


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Degree, Licenses, Certifications and/or Equivalencies: Candidates must include copies of items listed as a minimum qualification; failure to provide required certificates by the close of the recruitment will result in candidate disqualification. If this position requires a typing certificate: typing certificates must have been issued within one year and the net speed must match the minimum requirement listed in the job description. For standardization, net speed will be calculated by subtracting the number of errors from the gross WPM. Internet generated typing certifications are not accepted. Equivalency for experience and/or education listed within a job description may be established pursuant to the City-wide Classification Plan and through coordination with Human Resources. Candidates seeking an equivalency must contact Human Resources, at (530) 879-7900, for instructions on submitting an equivalency request. Being minimally qualified for a position does not guarantee a candidate progression through the full recruitment process.

Travel and Recruitment Related Expenses: The City of Chico does not reimburse applicants for any travel or expenses in connection with applying for employment, unless authorized by the City Manager.

Pre-Employment Processing: Applicants may be required to pass fingerprinting and a medical examination as a condition of employment or promotion. Medical exams may include a fitness exam, psychological exam, and a drug and alcohol screening, depending on the position. E-verify is used to determine candidate eligibility to work in the United States.

The City of Chico is an Equal Opportunity Employer and supports workforce diversity. Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. The City of Chico will consider individuals with disabilities based on their qualifications to perform the essential functions of the position for which they are applying and will provide reasonable accommodation in the application and/or testing process. If you require accommodation in the application and/or testing process, please notify the Human Resources Office within seven (7) days of the need for accommodation, so appropriate alternative arrangements can be made.

If you have any questions, or need additional assistance regarding City of Chico employment opportunities, please contact the Human Resources Department at (530) 879-7900 or .
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