Fire Marshal

  • San Andreas, California
  • Aug 24, 2023
Full Time Fire and EMS
  • Salary: $76,814.40 - $93,392.00 Annually USD Annually
  • Salary Top: 93392 USD Annually

Job Description

Position Description

Under the direction of the Chief Building Official, or designee, the Fire Marshal is responsible for performing the activities of fire prevention and inspection; plans examination; field inspections related to construction, maintenance, and complaints; and is responsible for administering fire prevention programs.

This is a fully qualified single class. The Fire Marshal is responsible for performing the full range of plan review, inspection, and enforcement duties. Positions at this level perform a full range of duties as assigned, working independently, and exercising judgment and initiative.

Example of Duties

Depending upon assignment, duties may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Perform administrative duties such as establishing, organizing, and maintaining records related to fire inspection code enforcement, writing reports and issuing performance evaluations to probationary personnel.
  • Evaluate program needs and provide recommendations on appropriate courses of action that meet program goals and objectives, and/or methods to improve programs.
  • Write procedures and guidelines consistent with program goals and objectives.
  • Coordinate with other local and state agencies, as needed, regarding inspection, plan, review, investigation, compliance, and regulatory consistency.
  • Develop and conduct training sessions regarding fire safety inspections and plan reviews that conform to established codes, ordinances, and regulations.
  • Review plans and specifications on proposed buildings and subdivision development for adherence to fire and safety laws and codes; confer with architects, engineers, and contractors, offering recommendations on laws and regulations covering fire and panic safety in the design and construction of buildings.
  • Provide guidance and technical expertise to Department personnel in the interpretation and enforcement of state and local laws and regulations relating to fire prevention.
  • Conduct specialized and complex inspections of buildings and other structures for compliance with fire laws, ordinances, and regulations concerning design, construction, and the installation of fire protection equipment.
  • Ensure compliance with fire safety regulations in the construction, operation, and maintenance of commercial, industrial, institutional, and residential facilities, and in the storage and handling of hazardous materials such as compressed gases, flammable liquids, oxidizers, toxics, and corrosives.
  • Inspect and make fire safety recommendations for schools, hospitals, residential care facilities and other institutions; conduct fire and safety inspections and ensure compliance with fire safety regulations in the operation of places of public assembly.
  • Conduct fire safety inspections of weekend fairs or festivals, public fireworks display, and/or special effects.
  • Participates in public education and outreach projects and activities with the community; assists and participates in educating the public regarding a variety of fire safety, fire prevention, and other related programs and services; makes presentations and leads participatory discussions as a representative of the County.
  • Attend, as directed, training sessions and conferences concerning, but not limited to, fire prevention and personnel management.
  • Investigate complaints of fire hazards; prepare reports and notices of liability to owners.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Knowledge of:

Principles, practices, and procedures of modern fire prevention, including building construction features, water supply systems, fire sprinkler systems, and fire alarm systems; Current knowledge of new fire prevention codes, principles, and practices; Applicable local and state laws, regulations and ordinances; Department rules, regulations, policies, and procedures; Local geography and significant fire potential due to wildland urban interface areas, water supplies, and access/egress issues; Principles and techniques of supervision, leadership, and training; Written communication principles to prepare clear and concise reports and correspondence; Standard office equipment including computers, and the necessary business software and records management solutions.

Skill and Ability to:

Effectively communicate, lead, supervise, plan, evaluate, coordinate, train, and direct the activities of Deputy Fire Marshals, Fire Protection Engineers, and other assigned personnel; Maintain current knowledge of new fire prevention codes, principles, and practices ; Implement Department policies and procedures; Accurately interpret and effectively enforce laws, ordinances and regulations relating to fire prevention; Identify fire hazards and determine corrective action; Understand and carry out verbal and written instructions; Effectively and professionally communicate fire prevention techniques to the public; Prepare clear and concise reports and speak and write effectively; Maintain accurate records; Establish and maintain effective working relationships with Department staff and those contacted in the course of work; Maintain a calm and professional demeanor in a confrontational or difficult situation; Work irregular or protracted hours, and to respond promptly to callbacks; Effectively plan, direct, coordinate, and complete assigned projects, activities, and specialized administrative duties.


Any combination of the required experience, education, and training that would provide the essential knowledge, skills, and abilities is qualifying.

Associate’s degree in fire science, fire administration, fire protection engineering, business administration, public administration or related field, plus seven (7) years of experience in a full-time career position in one of the following: fire prevention inspector, deputy fire marshal, fire inspection, and/or prevention related work or plan review, construction and/or building inspection.


Bachelor’s degree or higher in fire science, fire administration, fire protection engineering, business administration, public administration, or a closely related field plus five (5) years’ experience in a full-time career position in one of the following: fire prevention inspector, deputy fire marshal, fire inspection and/or prevention related work or plan review, construction and/or building inspection.

As a condition of employment, an incumbent who has not completed and successfully passed the following California State Fire Marshal coursework or in possession of state licensure indicated below will be required to do so within one year of employment:

  • Fire Inspector 1A Duties and Administration
  • Fire Inspector 1B Fire and Life Safety
  • Fire Inspector 1C Field Inspection
  • Fire Inspector 1D Field Inspection - California Specific

  • Fire Prevention 1A Fire Inspection Practices
  • Fire Prevention 1B Code Enforcement
  • Fire Prevention 1C Flammable Liquids and Gas


  • Valid and current state of California licensure in fire protection engineering.

Fire Inspector I Certification with the International Code Council (ICC) will also be required within one year of employment.

Highly Desirable: Plan review capabilities in one or more of the following areas: architectural, automatic sprinklers, fire alarms, and/or water and access.

Special Requirements

Possession of an appropriate California driver’s license issued by the State Department of Motor Vehicles.

Bargaining Unit 4 - Mid-Management & Professional Exempt Employees

For available Health/Dental/Vision insurance please visit the County BENEFITS WEBPAGE.

NEW * Assist-To-Own program to help Couny employees purchase a home.

Program Highlights:
  • Down Payment Assistance, up to 5.5% of the Total Mortgage Loan.
  • Available with purchase of a primary residence.
  • Variety of Mortgage Loan options (FHA, VA, USDA and Conventional Mortgage Loans).
  • No first-time homebuyer requirement to qualify.
  • Flexible guidelines: Minimum FICO 640; Maximum DTI 50%.
  • Flexible income limits, up to moderate income levels; no income limits for FHA and VA.
For more information, vists Calaveras County Assist-to-Own


Extra-hire employees are not eligible for step advances, vacation, seniority rights, holiday pay or other certain employee benefits. They are entitled to 24 hours of sick leave per year and eligilbe for the county's CORE Medical plan but not eligible for dental or vision insurance.

Vacation days:

0 - 3 complete years = 80 hours per year.

After 6 months you can take your first week.

3 - 10 complete years = 120 hours per year

10 years+ = 160 per year

Holidays:13 paid holidays per year.

Sick Leave:12 days annual sick leave accrual with unlimited accumulation.

Sick leave is accrued at 3.69 hours for each full 80 hours of payroll period.

60 hours of sick leave can be used for immediate family, parent spouse, child or sibling.

Management Time Off (MTO): 40 annually, pro-rated if hired on/after July 1st.

Merit:After successfully completing twenty-six (26) pay periods, a 5% merit increase may be granted.Merit increases may be granted annually thereafter to the top step.

Probation Period:New employees remain in a probationary status for 26 pay periods..

Longevity Incentives @ 2.5% for each of the following:
  • 5.5 years (if hired before March 28, 2005)
  • 6 years
  • 10 years
  • 15 years
  • 20 years
  • 25 years

Flexible Spending Accounts under Section 125
  • Flexible Spending:Pre-Tax Medical Reimbursement - Max contribution of $2,500 annually
  • Flexible Spending:Pre-Tax Dependent Care Account - Max contribution of $5,000 annually

Section 125 Plan:Additional insurance is available through the Section 125 plan and may be purchased from a representative during open enrollment or by appointment when they are on-site.

  • Heart & Stroke Insurance
  • Cancer Insurance
  • Accident Insurance
  • Universal Life Insurance
  • Short Term Disability Insurance


Life Insurance:$50,000.00 County paid

Retirement Information:


Additional Retirement Plan:

The County offers a 457 Government plan. Employees can contribute u to this deferred compensation plan (Pre or Post Tax options).The County utilizes VALIC.

Participating employees will receive a County paid match of up to $50 a month

Closing Date/Time: Continuous

Base Pay


Job Address

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