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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 396G
Category: Protective Services


Implement and maintain operation and engineering functions for an institution­al fire protection division engaged in all phases of life safety, fire prevention and fire prevention activities.

Distinguishing Characteristics

Under general supervision, implement and main­tain life safety and fire protection policies and procedures.

Typical Work

Implement and maintain operations and engineering functions for an institu­tional fire protection/prevention program; 

Review all plans and specifications for new construction and modifications to institutional buildings and facilities to ensure inclusion of required life safety and fire protection features; 

Provide technical guidance and code interpretations to other departments and consulting engineers; 

Conduct fire protection surveys on institutional buildings and facilities and submit reports to consulting engineers; 

Review all shop drawings and approve installations of fire protection systems, equipment and devices, fire alarm systems and life safety features; 

Conduct operational tests and inspections on new installations to ensure com­pliance with plans and specifications; resolve compliance problems with city and state fire safety officials; 

Plan and conduct a fire prevention program, including fire prevention instruc­tion and drills; 

Direct and coordinate fire prevention inspection programs in institutional buildings and facilities; 

Direct monitoring of public events to ensure compliance with life safety requirements and crowd control; 

Make detailed investigations of and maintain files regarding fires and other disasters to determine the cause, contributing factors, extent and amount of loss; report findings to supervisor with recommendations to prevent future similar events; 

Develop and maintain master plan and criteria for the central fire alarm sys­tem; 

May direct work of fire inspectors; 

Perform related duties as required.

Legal Requirement(s)

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification.  It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.

Desirable Qualifications

A Bachelor's Degree in engineering; and two years of fire protection or close­ly related field.  Additional experience in fire protection engineering, or equivalent, may substitute, year for year, for educational requirements. 

Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as license/certification/registration.

Class Specification History

New class adopted January 3, 1973.
Revise class. Revises title, class code; adopted October 19, 1984
Revise class. Revises minimum qualifications; adopted July 2, 1990.
Revise class. Revises class code (formerly 2683), general revision, delete class series concept, change basic function to definition, revise distinguishing characteristics; adopted May 10, 2007, effective July 1, 2007.