Fire Prevention Specialist I

  • 350 Main Street, El Segundo, California
  • Dec 17, 2023
Full Time Fire and EMS Planning and Development
  • Salary: $6,355.70 - $8,518.09 Monthly USD

Job Description


Fire Prevention Specialist I: $ 6,355 - $7,725 per month
Fire Prevention Specialist II: $7,007 - $8,518 per month

The current vacancy is for a Fire Prevention Specialist I full-time position in the Fire Department.

This recruitment requires that a resume and fire certifications be uploaded with the application to be considered complete. This recruitment process is open on a continuous basis and may close at any time. Interested individuals are encouraged to apply immediately. The first review of applications will be completed on Monday, November 14 , 2022 at 5:00 p.m. . Applications received after November 14, 2022 , may not be considered. Applicants appearing best qualified based upon a review of the application and responses to supplemental questions will be invited to participate in the testing process.

The City of El Segundo, incorporated in 1917, is a unique, quaint city by the sea. Home to approximately 17,000 residents and over 75,000 private sector employees of major aeronautical, sports, media, industrial and multiple Fortune 500 companies including Mattel, Chevron and most recently, the Los Angeles Times and Beyond Meat. Further, El Segundo has become the headquarters for major sports franchises, including the LA Lakers and LA Kings. As the economy broadens, El Segundo is becoming home to a variety of high tech and “creative economy” start-up companies. This is reflected in the City motto "Where Big Ideas Take Off!"

Essential Job Functions

The Fire Prevention Specialist I-II is responsible for providing a variety of technical and professional work in support of the Fire Prevention Division within the Fire Department. Depending on assignment, work includes code enforcement and outreach activities promoting the preservation of life and property, including field inspection, plans examination, data research and analysis, community preparedness and education programs and activities.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED AND EXERCISED : Receives supervision from the Fire Marshal. Fire Prevention Specialist II may provide technical and functional direction over Fire Prevention Specialist I and/or Fire Prevention Interns.

Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following typical duties and responsibilities, knowledge, skills, and other characteristics for this classification. This list of duties and responsibilities is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by positions in this class. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed functions and/or may be required to perform additional or different functions from those below, to address business needs and changing business practices.

Performs existing construction/equipment plan reviews and indicates necessary corrections for fire protection/life safety systems; ensures plans meet the requirements of related federal, state, and local fire protection, life safety codes, regulations and restrictions;

Interprets and explains requirements and restrictions relative to fire/life safety codes, ordinances, regulations, policies and procedures to residents, visitor, and businesses; reviews alternative methods to comply with requirements and restrictions;

Inspects routine new construction and existing businesses for fire hazards, proper operation of suppression devices, adequacy of fire escapes and exits, and general compliance with fire codes;

Inspects installed fire protection systems, fire alarm systems and automatic fire suppression systems; observes fire flows; coordinates work with other local agencies;

Prepares notices for code violations; conducts follow-up inspections to ensure corrections have been made and issues permits; issues citations when necessary and closes structures which are declared a fire hazard;

Assists in training Fire Department Suppression personnel related to promoting life safety services, community education, and the enforcement of codes and standards of Fire Operations occupancy inspections;

Conducts research, analyzes data, compiles information and writes comprehensive technical reports on inspections and actions taken with respect to fire prevention;

Works collaboratively with Fire Department, Building Department, City Attorney's Office, Code Enforcement staff, other governmental agencies, and related personnel on a variety of fire and life safety prevention inspection, enforcement and outreach activities;

Maintains up-to-date records, writes detailed reports, and maintain related files;

Participates in a variety of special projects related to life safety activities;

Responds to basic complaints from the general public; investigates complaints and resolve, or assist in resolving matters;

Performs a variety of administrative, operational, research and analytical duties in support of life safety programs; develop reports and recommend changes to policies and procedures;

Provides administrative and logistical support on a variety of department and City special events as assigned; May attend courses to learn fire investigation techniques; May assist as a Fire Investigator Trainee on investigations with the Fire Marshal;

Regularly and predictably attend work, and

Perform related duties as assigned.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge and/or skill required.

Knowledge of:

Accepted safety standards and methods of building construction;

California Fire and Building Codes and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standards;

Pertinent Federal, State, and local rules, regulations, and ordinances including El Segundo Fire Department Standard Operating Procedures, General Orders, and Administrative Guidelines;

Principles and techniques of municipal life safety services work including fire prevention, code enforcement, community preparedness, and emergency planning activities;

Research methods and sources of information related to fire and safety inspection work;

Fire protection and alarm systems, and building construction;

Principles and guidelines of public education, community, and customer relations;

Modern office practices, procedures, methods, equipment and software; and

English usage, spelling, grammar, and punctuation.

Skill in:

Interpreting and applying fire and life safety codes and standards;

Organizing, coordinating assigned work, and report work progress;

Applying technical knowledge;

Analyzing problems and develop logical solutions;

Promoting life safety programs and principles;

Effectively enforcing a variety of life safety and fire prevention codes;

Gaining compliance through professionalism and education;

Reading and interpreting building plans, specifications, and building codes;

Performing mathematical calculations;

Organization and time-management;

Communicating clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing;

Working creatively and collaboratively;

Regularly and predictably attend work;

Following directions from a supervisor;

Understanding and following posted work rules and procedures;

Accepting constructive criticism; and

Establishing and maintaining cooperative working relationship with those contacted in the course of work.

This position may be required to work overtime.


A combination of experience and education that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities may be qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:


Experience: One (1) year experience in fire prevention/inspection is required.

Education: Associate degree in Fire Science or a related field and completion of State Fire Prevention 1A and 1B classes are required.

Licensing/Certification Requirements: Due to the performance of some field duties which require the operation of a personal or City vehicle, a valid and appropriate California driver's license and acceptable driving record are required.

Certification as California State Fire Prevention Officer or I.C.C. Fire Inspector I must be completed within 1 year from date of appointment.


Experience: Three (3) years’ experience in fire prevention/inspection is required.

Education: Associate degree in Fire Science or a related field. A Bachelor’s degree in the construction trades, fire administration, public administration or related field is desirable.

Licensing/Certification Requirements: Due to the performance of some field duties which require the operation of a personal or City vehicle, a valid and appropriate California driver's license and acceptable driving record are required. Certification as California State Fire Protection Specialist or I.C.C. Fire Inspector II must be completed within 1 year from date of appointment.

Disaster Service Worker: In accordance with Government Code Section 3100, City of El Segundo employees, in the event of a disaster, are considered disaster service workers and may be asked to respond accordingly.

Working Conditions: Regularly required to climb ladders. Occasionally required to lift and/or carry up to 50 pounds.

The City of El Segundo is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to supporting Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives to build and sustain an environment that values diversity, welcomes opportunities to engage and understand others, and fosters a sense of belonging

Benefit Summary - Effective 5/17/2019

PERS Retirement : Tier I-2%@55 . Tier II-2%@60 for individuals employed by the City on or after 12/30/12 who are already PERS members. Tier I and II members single highest year coordinated with Social Security and Medicare. Employee required contribution is 8% of pensionable income. PERS 2%@62 for new employees/members hired on or after 1/1/13 have three year average coordinated with Social Security and Medicare and payment of 50% of normal cost (6.75%).

Social Security: The City matches employee’s Social Security contribution, which is 6.2% of your salary and is made on a pre-tax basis. The 2023Social Security income cap is $160,200.

Retiree Medical: City offers paid retiree medical insurance at same rate as active employees.

Medical Insurance : $1,600 per month for employee and dependents' medical insurance under PERS.

Educational Incentive : Up to $334.21 for B.A. if job doesn't require it. Must be approved by Department Head. Future employees hired on or after May 10, 2017 not eligible.

Optical/Dental/Life/AD&D : $135 per month City contribution. Employee & eligible dependents may be covered for optical and dental. $30,000 term life policy provided by City; employee can purchase additional self and dependent coverage at group rates. AD&D insurance policies provided for employees.

Flex Plan : Section 125 Plan, allows for payment of employee-paid insurance, medical treatment, and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars.

State Disability Insurance : Coverage provided through State Employment Development Department for short-term disability. Costs borne by union employees.

Long-Term Disability: City provides fully-paid LTD insurance. Continuance of 66 2/3% of first $9750 of employee's salary after a 60-day waiting period. Applies to non-job related occurrences.

Work Schedule: 9/80 with alternating Fridays off.

Holidays : 11 fixed paid holidays plus 1 day of personal leave/floating holiday per year.

Vacation Leave : 96 hours (1-5 years); 120 hours (6 - 10 years); 144 hours (11 - 15 years): 176 hours (16+ years). Leave can be used after 6 months of service. Annual cash conversion option.

Sick Leave : 8 hours per month. 100% payment for accrual over 600 hours and percentage of unused leave paid upon retirement or separation.

Bereavement Leave: Three (3) working days [one workweek where travel is 500 miles or more] for qualifying incident.

Tuition Reimbursement : Up to $1,750 per year for tuition and books.

Longevity Pay: Up to $66.84/mo for 5 yrs of service; Up to $133.68 for 10 yrs of service; Up to $200.53/mo for 15 yrs of service. Future employees hired on or after May 10, 2017 not eligible.

Uniform Allowance : Dollar amount varies for specific classes.

Other : Voluntary participation in Credit Union; Long-Term Care (premiums paid by employee); Mission Sqaure 457 Deferred Compensation Program; Payroll Direct Deposit.

Revised: 12/12; 2/13; 1/14; 2/15; 8/16; 5/17;5/19; 8/22

Closing Date/Time: Continuous

Base Pay


Job Address

350 Main Street, El Segundo, California 90245 United States View Map