Deputy State Fire Marshal - Licensing Section

State Of Washington Olympia , WA 98513

Posted 2 days ago


Washington State Patrol

Prevention Division, Licensing Section

Olympia, WA

Are you looking for:

  • Excellent benefits?
  • Career growth opportunities?
  • Opportunities to impact your community?
  • A professional workplace that fosters respect, commitment and trust?

As an employee of the Washington State Patrol, you will be part of a team of dedicated professionals responsible for providing safety and security to the citizens of the State of Washington.

Troopers patrolling the highways are the most visible part of this agency. However, there are over 1,200 civilian employees who serve behind the scenes supporting the agency mission. To name just a few, we have:

  • 911 dispatchers who are the critical vital link between calls for assistance and emergency response;

  • Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officers that work to inspect commercial vehicles to ensure safe and efficient travel on public highways;

  • Deputy State Fire Marshals who help prevent fires in homes and workplaces;

  • Forensic Scientists who process evidence that assists in prosecuting criminal cases;

  • Records staff that process criminal information to ensure crimes are reported accurately so that offenders do not end up working with vulnerable people.

  • Administrative staff who provide exceptional customer service and respond to information requests while ensuring the agency runs smoothly and efficiently.

Apply today and join us in providing "Service with Humility"!


This position serves as a technical expert in the fire sprinkler and fireworks licensing and certification program and is responsible for assisting both industries through the process to obtain the proper license or certification. This includes developing and providing technical education and training programs for both industries, completing inspections of fire sprinkler systems to ensure compliance with applicable codes and recalls that have been established due to dysfunctional parts and components.

Additionally, this position conducts audits and/or investigations of licensee's for compliance to the fire sprinkler and/or fireworks laws.

Lastly, this position is a Mobilization Specialist responding to either the State Emergency Operations Center or incidents anywhere in the state where the Washington State Fire Service Resources Mobilization Plan has been approved for implementation. This involves working with stakeholders in preparing for fire season and other disasters. The incumbents in this position must have knowledge of how this Plan fits in the Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan, preparing press releases, reports specific to the mobilization incident and the role of both the state and county emergency management functions, the Incident Command System and resource locating and tracking. After a Mobilization, processes claims for reimbursement to individuals and agencies.



  • Two years of experience as a fire prevention officer, code enforcement officer, insurance industry inspector, or licensing experience in a regulated industry. Experience may be substituted by college level education.

  • High school diploma or GED equivalent.

  • Valid, unrestricted Washington State Driver's License.

  • Demonstrated ability to effectively analyze information and communicate decisions and recommendations related to fire and life safety requirements.

  • Organization and time management skills.

  • Knowledge and ability to apply state adopted fire/building codes, nationally recognized fire protection and fire prevention standards.

  • Understanding of standard building construction methods and materials.


  • Four years of paid or volunteer experience as a fire prevention officer, code enforcement officer, insurance industry inspector, or licensing experience in a regulated industry.

  • An Associate's degree with a focus on fire prevention or comparable education and/or experience.

  • IFSAC and/or ICC certification as a fire inspector.

Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment:

Within one year of employment must complete the following certifications and courses:

  • ICC Fire Inspector 1 and 2
  • IFSAC Fire Instructor 1
  • IFSAC Inspector 1
  • Department of Enterprise Services (DES) Investigator Core and Investigator Advanced.
  • ICS 100, 200, 300, 400, 700, and 800

Supplemental Information

The act of submitting application materials electronically is considered affirmation that the information is complete and truthful. The agency will verify this information and any untruthful or misleading answers will be cause for rejection of potential employment.

How to Apply:

Please complete the on-line application process at Please include a letter of interest explaining how you meet the required qualifications of the position.

If you have questions regarding this announcement, please contact Melissa Rasmussen at (360) 704-2315 or

Polygraph & Background Investigation:

Prior to a hire, a polygraph examination and background check including criminal record history will be conducted. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant's suitability and competence to perform in the position.

Applicants are required to sign release of information forms and will not have access to any investigative materials, files, or results. The Washington State Patrol has strict guidelines relating, but not limited to, personal and employment characteristics, arrests, convictions, and illegal drug usage, etc.

During the polygraph examination, candidates are required to sign an assessment sheet and participate in an oral interview process to verify responses to the Personal Background Evaluation, the Personal History and Background Questionnaire, and a Pre-Employment Interview. Untruthful or misleading answers or omissions will be treated as a falsification which will be cause for rejection of potential employment.

Veteran's Preference:

Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications and wish to claim Veteran's Preference MUST attach a copy of their Form DD214, or other verification of military service, that shows the type of military discharge. Typically, this is found on the Member 4 version of the Form DD214. Please blackout any personally identifiable data such as social security numbers.

Note: Applicants claiming veteran's preference points must attach the documentation with each on-line application. If you do not provide appropriate documentation to qualify for these preference points, the points will not be awarded. Preference will not be granted until service documents are verified. Documents must be received by the closing date of the announcement.

For additional information on Veteran's Preference and guidance on how to determine if you are eligible, click here. We thank you and are grateful for your service.


Education verification is part of the selection process. If selected as a top candidate, all position required or applicant specified education must be verified. If High School diploma or equivalent is required but the applicant indicates a degree has been earned, the accredited degree will be accepted in place of the High School diploma or equivalent. Please do not send these transcripts at the time of application. If you are selected as a top candidate you will be contacted by the Human Resource Division and asked to provide transcripts at the appropriate time.

Union Notice:

This position is in a collective bargaining unit.

Driver's License:

If required by the position description, the applicant must possess a current, non-probationary, and non-restricted valid driver's license. History of restrictions on license or driving record due to vehicle operation or control will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Upon hire, must possess a Washington State driver's license and maintain such licensure during employment with the WSP.

Other Information:

Persons with a disability, who need assistance in the application or assessment process, or those needing this announcement in an alternative format, may call (360) 704-2317. Applicants that are deaf or hard of hearing may call through the Washington Relay Service 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6384.

The Washington State Patrol actively supports diversity in the workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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