Fire Marshal

  • City of Murrieta, CA
  • Murrieta, California
  • Jun 28, 2021
Full Time Fire and EMS
  • Salary: $120,476.68 - $146,440.15 Annually USD

Job Description

Description and Essential Functions

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If you previously applied for the Fire Marshal position in October/November 2020, you need not reapply.

The City of Murrieta is accepting applications for the position of Fire Marshal to fill one (1) current vacancy for our Fire Department. The eligibility list established may be used to fill upcoming vacancies within this classification for up to one (1) year.

Under general direction, directs, manages, supervises and coordinates the activities and operations of programs and activities of the Life Safety & Fire Prevention Division within the Fire Department; coordinates activities with other City departments, divisions, and outside agencies; and provides highly responsible and complex administrative support to the Fire Chief. The Fire Marshal may be staffed as a civilian, non-safety position or a safety position, depending on the selected candidate's current classification.

Receives general direction from management and supervisory staff. Exercises direct supervision over technical and clerical staff.

This management classification plans, oversees, and directs all activities of the Life Safety & Fire Prevention Division, including policy and procedure development and implementation, oversight of day-to-day operations, short- and long-range planning, budgeting, and program evaluation. Incumbents perform diverse, specialized, and complex work involving significant accountability and decision-making to ensure that the City's fire prevention services, programs and activities have a major and positive impact on the safety of the community. The incumbent is responsible for (i) coordinating the activities of the division with those of internal departments, external agencies, and community partners; (ii) managing and accomplishing the complex and varied functions of the division; (iii) accomplishing divisional planning and operational goals and objectives; and (iv) furthering City goals and objectives within general policy guidelines.

  • Coordinates all services and activities of the Life Safety & Fire Prevention Division.
  • Coordinates and participates in the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies, and priorities for assigned programs including public relations, public information, public safety education, arson and fire investigation, fire inspection and plan checking; recommends, within Departmental policy, appropriate service and staffing levels; recommends and administers policies and procedures.
  • Evaluates the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods and procedures; assesses workload, administrative and support systems, and internal reporting relationships; identifies opportunities for improvement and review with the Fire Chief.
  • Serves as a liaison for the Life Safety & Fire Prevention Division with other City departments, divisions and outside agencies; negotiates and resolves significant and controversial issues.
  • Provides responsible staff assistance to the Fire Chief; prepares and presents staff reports and other necessary correspondence.
  • Participates in a variety of organizational studies, investigations, and operational studies; recommends modifications to fire prevention and inspection programs, policies and procedures, as appropriate.
  • Selects, trains, motivates and evaluates Life Safety & Fire Prevention Division personnel; provides or coordinates staff training; works with employees to correct deficiencies; implements discipline and termination procedures.
  • Manages, directs, coordinates and reviews the work plan for the Life Safety & Fire Prevention Division; meets with staff to identify and resolve problems; assigns work activities, projects and programs; monitors work flow; reviews and evaluates work products, methods and procedures.
  • Manages and participates in the development and administration of the Fire Prevention Division annual budget; directs the forecast of additional funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials and supplies; directs the monitoring of and approve expenditures; directs and implements adjustments as necessary.
  • Coordinates with Operations Division on fire investigations in determination of the status of fires as accidental or deliberate.
  • Directs the installation of software applications in the Life Safety & Fire Prevention Division; ensures the training of all personnel in computer system use; supervises data entry activities for the fire permits program, hazardous materials disclosure program, and emergency plans.
  • Participates on a variety of boards and commissions; attends and participates in professional group meetings; stays abreast of new trends and innovations in the field of fire prevention and inspection.
  • Participates as a member of the Management Team in establishing strategic goals, service level priorities, department policies, and organization development plans.
  • Responds to citizen inquiries and resolves difficult and sensitive complaints.
  • Ensures staff observe and comply with all City and mandated safety rules, regulations, and protocols.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications


Any combination of training and experience that would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required qualifications would be:

  • Equivalent to an associate's degree from an accredited college or university in public administration or a related field.
  • Four (4) years of increasingly responsible experience in fire prevention, fire investigation, fire code enforcement, hazardous materials management, and fire education, one (1) of which should be in a divisional or management capacity.

  • Possession of or ability to obtain and maintain a valid California Driver's License.
  • ICC Fire Inspector II Certification within one year of assignment.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Physical Demands and Environmental Conditions

  • Organization and administrative practices as applied to the analysis and evaluation of programs, policies and operational needs.
  • Principles and practices of fire prevention and suppression services program development and administration.
  • Principles and practices of fire inspection and code enforcement, and fire prevention and suppression theory.
  • Incident Command System principles and practices and their application to a wide variety of emergency situations.
  • Fire scene investigation methods and techniques.
  • Fire prevention education principles and methods.
  • Modern firefighting principles, practices and techniques.
  • Principles and practices of municipal budget preparation and administration.
  • Principles of supervision, training and performance evaluation.
  • Pertinent Federal, State and local laws, codes and regulations including EPA regulations pertaining to hazardous materials.
  • Research and reporting methods, techniques, and procedures.
  • Record-keeping principles and procedures.
  • Modern office practices, methods, and computer equipment and applications related to the work.
  • English usage, grammar, spelling, vocabulary, and punctuation.
  • Techniques for providing a high level of customer service by effectively dealing with the public, vendors, contractors, and City staff.

  • Develop, implement and administer goals, objectives and practices for fire prevention programs and services.
  • Prepare and administer large and complex budgets and prepare financial reports.
  • Plan, organize, direct, and coordinate the work of personnel; delegate authority and responsibility.
  • Select, train, motivate, and evaluate the work of staff and train staff in work procedures.
  • Provide administrative and professional leadership and direction Life Safety & Fire Prevention Division and the City.
  • Prepare clear and concise reports, correspondence, policies, procedures, and other written materials.
  • Participate in fire scene investigations.
  • Develop, enforce and interpret City fire codes.
  • Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions and implement recommendations in support of goals.
  • Research, analyze and evaluate new program techniques, methods and procedures.
  • Interpret and apply Federal, State and local policies, procedures, laws and regulations.
  • Establish and maintain a variety of filing, record-keeping, and tracking systems.
  • Organize and prioritize a variety of projects and multiple tasks in an effective and timely manner.
  • Use tact, initiative, prudence, and independent judgment within general policy and legal guidelines.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.


Must possess mobility to work in a standard office setting and use standard office equipment including a computer; to operate a motor vehicle and visit various sites; vision to read printed materials and a computer screen; and hearing and speech to communicate in person and over the telephone or radio. The job involves fieldwork which requires walking, often in uneven terrain, or in damaged structures, to investigate causes of fires. Finger dexterity is needed to access, enter, and retrieve data using a computer keyboard or calculator. Positions in this classification bend, stoop, kneel, reach, and climb to perform work and inspect fire scenes/sites. Employees must possess the ability to lift, carry, push, and pull materials and objects weighing up to 50 pounds, or heavier weights with the use of proper equipment and assistance from other staff.


Employees work in an office environment with moderate noise level, controlled temperature conditions and no direct exposure to hazardous physical substance. When in a field environment, employees are exposed to fire scene conditions, loud noise levels, cold and hot temperatures, inclement weather conditions, road hazards, vibration, chemicals, mechanical and/or electrical hazards, and hazardous physical substances and fumes. Employees may interact with upset staff and/or public and private representatives in interpreting and enforcing departmental policies and procedures.

Supplemental Information

Located just north of San Diego County, the City of Murrieta is home to approximately 115,000 people. Family-oriented with more than 52 parks, 1,300 acres of trails and some of the nation's top school(s), It is consistently ranked the top place to live in SW Riverside County and one of the safest cities in California. With some of the lowest unemployment in the state, City-based Police and Fire, and a high median income, Murrieta's offers its residents an exceptional quality-of-life in an engaged and connected community.

Murrieta Fire & Rescue (MFR) provides fire suppression, emergency medical services, technical rescue, hazardous materials mitigation, fire prevention, public education, and disaster preparedness, to approximately 33.6 square miles of southwestern Riverside County, California. The department delivers emergency services with 48 personnel (16 per shift) from five fire stations. In support of these efforts, MFR is managed administratively by a Fire Chief and a Deputy Chief, and employs a Fire Marshal, Emergency Medical Services Coordinator, and a Training Officer. MFR has a long tradition of providing excellent customer service to the region's residents and guests. Since the department's inception in 1947, the expectation of our first responders has grown to include much more than fire suppression and basic first aid. Progressive, "all - risk" agencies are now expected to deliver advanced paramedic services, public education, hazardous materials, technical rescue, and wildland-urban interface response. MFR is consistently working to achieve and/or maintain the highest level of professionalism and efficiency on behalf of those it serves.

MFR's personnel are expected to be fully engaged with the agency and community, including assignments on committees and project teams. The agency is an active participant in statewide mutual aid and national USAR deployments, which requires long stretches on duty. The shared vision of the agency is to become a Fire Department from which other progressive agencies measure themselves.

A city application form and resume must be submitted online. Applicants can apply online at .

Candidates must clearly demonstrate through their application materials that they meet the employment standards outlined above. All properly completed applications will be reviewed, and the most appropriately qualified individuals will be invited to continue in the selection process. Examinations for the position may consist of any combination of appraisal interview, performance test and writing exercise to evaluate the applicant's skill, training, and experience for the position. Successful applicants will be placed on an eligibility list. The City may also merge lists. The selected candidate(s) must successfully complete pre-employment clearances which may include a physical, drug screen, and fingerprinting.

The following is a summary of the provided benefits to full-time employees in the represented unit. For further information, please refer to the unit's Salary Resolution or Memorandum of Understanding .
  • RETIREMENT : The City participates inthe California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS).
    • Tier 1 (Classic Members hired prior to 12/30/2012)
      • Formula: 2.7% at 55
      • Member Contribution: 8.0% of compensation
      • Final Compensation: Highest twelve (12) consecutive month period
Tier 2 (Classic Members hired on or after 12/30/2012)
  • Formula: 2.0% at 60
  • Member Contribution: 7.0% of compensation
  • Final Compensation: Highest thirty-six (36) consecutive month period
Tier 3 (New Members)
  • Formula: 2.0% at 62
  • Member Contribution: 50% of normal cost (currently 7.0% of compensation)
  • Final Compensation: Highest thirty-six (36) consecutive month period
MEDICAL INSURANCE : The City contributes up to $1,537.64 per month toward medical insurance for employees and their eligible dependents. RETIREE MEDICAL INSURANCE : Please refer to the unit's Memorandum of Understanding for details. DENTAL INSURANCE : The City pays for 100% of the premium for the employee and their eligible dependents. VISION INSURANCE : The City pays for 100% of the premium for the employee and their eligible dependents. LIFE INSURANCE : The City pays for 100% of the premium for a life insurance policy equal to one time an employee's base salary. Additional life insurance is available. SHORT-TERM DISABILITY INSURANCE: The City pays for 100% of the premium for the employee. LONG-TERM DISABILITY INSURANCE : The City pays for 100% of the premium for the employee. DEFERRED COMPENSATION : Employees are eligible to participate in a deferred compensation plan through Nationwide Retirement Solutions and/orICMA-RC. The City contributes a matching amount to the employee's account on a dollar for dollar basis, not to exceed $3,000 per year for Department Heads toward 401aplan, $2,600 per year for Managers and $1,600 per year for Confidential.
Note: The provisions of this summary do not constitute an expressed or implied contract. Any provision contained in this summary may be modified or revoked without notice. The types and levels of employee benefits provided, including City contributions toward benefit costs, are subject to change as a result of periodic contract negotiations between the recognized employee association and the City of Murrieta.

The information provided in your application must support your selected answers in the supplemental questions. The information you provide will be verified and documentation may be required. Please be as honest and accurate as possible. You may be asked to demonstrate your knowledge and skills in a work sample or during an interview. By completing this supplemental questionnaire, you are attesting that the information you have provided is accurate. Any misstatements, omissions, or falsification of information may eliminate you from consideration or result in dismissal. "See resume" is not an acceptable answer to the questions.
  • Yes, I understand and agree
  • No, I do not agree

Please indicate the highest level of education that you have completed.
  • Less than a High School diploma or equivalent.
  • High School Diploma or Equivalent (GED)
  • Some college (less than 59 semester units or less than 89 quarter units)
  • Associate's Degree (at least 60 semester units or 90 quarter units)
  • Bachelor's Degree (at least 120 semester units or 180 quarter units)
  • Master's Degree
  • Doctorate Degree

How many years of increasingly responsible experience in fire prevention, fire investigation, fire code enforcement, hazardous materials management, and fire education do you possess?
  • less than 4 years
  • More than 4, but less than 5
  • More than 5, but less than 6
  • More than 6, but less than 7 years.
  • More than 7, but less than 9 years.
  • More than 9 , but less than 11
  • More than 11 , but less than 13
  • 13 or more years

How many years of supervisory experience do you have within fire prevention, fire investigation, fire code enforcement, hazardous materials management, and fire education?
  • None
  • Less than 1 year
  • More than one, but less than two years
  • More than two, but less than three years
  • More than three, but less than four years
  • More than four, but less than five years
  • More than five years

Do you possess or have the ability to obtain and maintain a California Drivers License and a satisfactory driving record?
  • Yes
  • No

Do you possess an ICC Fire Inspector II certification or have the ability to obtain the certificate within one year of hire? Please attach proof of certificate (if applicable).
  • Yes
  • No

Required Question
Closing Date/Time: Continuous

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