Lateral Fire Inspector II

Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District Sacramento , CA 94204

Posted 4 months ago


Monthly Salary:

This position will be starting at step three (3) of the Fire Inspector II Pay Scale as shown below.

Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 Step 5

$6765.50 $7100.00 $7451.20 $7820.24 $8207.13


  • CalPERS Safety retirement: Classic employee 3% @ 50, PEPRA employee 2.7% @ 57

Health Benefits

  • CalPERS health insurance offering variety of HMO's and PPO's. District contributes 92% of the health plan premium and the employee is responsible for the remaining 8% of the premium for the whole family up to $2,574.13 per month. Dental and vision insurance are also paid by the District.

Life Insurance - $20,000 for the first probationary year and $100,000 thereafter.


PTO - 11 hours / month

Sick Leave

  • 7.87 hours / month for first 3 years, increases to 15.75 / month thereafter


  • 12 designated holidays per year


Education incentive - up to 5% of base pay for first 3 years, increases to the max of 10.5% thereafter

EMT incentive

  • 5% of base


  • 2% of base pay starting at 10 years of service

Job Summary:

Under general supervision, performs routine to complex fire and life safety inspections on new and existing buildings to include construction inspections; reviews and approves routine to moderately complex building construction plans and business emergency plans for compliance with state and local fire and life safety standards and regulations; provides technical consultations and assistance to industries and other governmental agencies; performs engineering assignments; may assist/perform origin and cause fire investigations; is subject to call back and can work weekends or irregular work hours during the day or evening; performs other duties as required.

Examples of Duties / Knowledge & Skills

This job description is intended to convey information essential to understanding the scope of the position; it is not intended to be an exhaustive list of skills, efforts, duties, responsibilities or working conditions associated with the position.

  • Inspects difficult and complex residential, licensed care, commercial, and industrial buildings, facilities and larger places of public assembly including hospitals, convalescent hospitals, stadiums, auditoriums and multi-story buildings; to determine and enforce compliance with local and state fire and life safety codes.

  • Inspects difficult and complex operations, processes, devices and equipment such as fire protection systems and hydrant distribution systems requiring the inspection or approval of the Fire Prevention Bureau.

  • Provides technical assistance to fire companies; interprets policies, procedures, and documents relating to types of chemicals and requirements of disclosure laws.

  • Evaluates information provided on disclosure forms, issues permits, and assigns fees; interprets policies, procedures, and documents relating to types of chemicals and requirements of disclosure laws; determines if business emergency plan is required; reviews, evaluates, and processes business emergency plans.

  • Reviews and approves difficult and complex building construction and fire extinguishing system plans and business emergency plans such as hospitals, convalescent hospitals, churches, and auditoriums for compliance with fire and life safety codes.

  • Collects, analyzes, and evaluates data and prepares comprehensive reports.

  • Interprets the various local, state, and national fire and life safety codes for the public and makes recommendations.

  • Writes reports based on field notes; issues Notices of Violation and citations for code violations; initiates prosecution and prepares materials necessary for litigation.

  • Trains district personnel on fire inspection, prevention practices and procedures, and hazardous materials disclosure.

  • Assists with technical fire prevention planning for complex industrial properties, including hazardous materials disclosure.

  • Investigates fire and life safety complaints received from the public and takes appropriate action.

  • Develops, produces, coordinates, and maintains hazardous materials data on facilities within the District's boundaries.

  • Participates in public information/education activities.

  • Investigates the cause of a fire; preserves evidence; cooperates with local, state and federal agencies in detection, apprehension, and prosecution of arsonists.

  • Assists in testing and acceptance of complex fixed detection and extinguishing systems.

  • In a temporary situation, can be in command of an area and its personnel and programs; can be in a position to act as supervisor to probationary inspectors.

  • Works with state and local governmental agencies for compliance and enforcement of building codes, fire codes and standards, the building development and planning process, weed and rubbish abatement, and hazardous material disclosure and enforcement.

  • Checks subordinate's work for completeness and accuracy; ensures that all possible sources of information have been utilized and determines whether conclusions agree with the findings.

  • Enforces laws and regulations pertaining to fireworks.

  • Other related duties as assigned by supervisor.

Minimum qualifications & Requirements

Offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a background check and a physical to include a drug screen.

The education or experience requirements may be modified or waived at the sole discretion of the Fire Chief. At least one of the education or experience requirements must be met; both requirements cannot be modified or waived. The Sacramento Metro Fire District Board of Directors shall be notified of any such modifications or waivers.


Must be at least eighteen (18) years of age.

Education and Experience

Education must be obtained through a post secondary institution currently accredited by any accreditation body recognized by either the Counsel for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) or the United States Department of Education.


  • Possess a high school diploma or equivalent GED Certificate.

  • Completed a minimum of fifteen (15) college units in Fire Science or equivalent.

  • An Associate degree from an accredited college.

  • Possess or be able to obtain Penal Code 832 Certificate within twelve (12) months of hire date as a condition of employment.

  • Successful completion of the Fire Inspector I & Fire Inspector II Task Book is required by the end of the 12 month probationary period.

  • External candidates, and internal applicants not advancing from Fire Inspector I rank:

a. Three (3) years of full-time service as a Firefighter with Metro Fire,


b. Three (3) years of full-time service as a Firefighter with experience within a fire prevention bureau,


c. Two (2) years as a full-time Inspector in a fire prevention bureau or building inspection department with duties that can be directly related to the knowledge and ability requirements listed as minimum qualifications

1.Bilingual ability
2. (CFSTES) Instructor 1A, and 1B Certificate.
3. (CFSTES) Investigator 1A, and 1B Certificate.
4. (CFSTES) Certified Plans Examiner or Equivalent.
5.Hazardous Materials Technician Specialist and International Code Council (ICC) as a Fire Inspector and Plans Examiner.

Knowledge of:
1.Chemicals, chemistry, and hazardous materials.
2.Principles and practices of fire and life safety inspection and enforcement work, including their relationship to fire ground operations.
3.Correct English usage for effective written and oral communications involving varying levels of technical complexity.
4.Laws of arrest, rules of evidence, and courtroom procedure.
5.Local, state and federal laws, ordinances, and regulations regarding fire protection and hazardous materials disclosure.
6.Principles and practices of fire and life safety inspection and enforcement work and hazardous materials disclosure, including their relationship to fire ground operations.
7.Fire detection and extinguishing systems and equipment.
8.Fire safety hazards.

Ability to:
1.Establish and maintain harmonious and effective working relationships with a wide variety of people that include senior management, employees, outside agencies, and the general public.
2.Understand, interpret, and apply Uniform Fire Code, Uniform Building Code and other applicable state and local laws and ordinances and federal laws.
3.Detect fire hazards and code violations and determine appropriate mitigation measures.
4.Express ideas clearly, concisely, orally, and in writing.
5.Communicate effectively and tactfully with the public on a variety of fire and life safety issues; gain cooperation in correction of violations.
6.Perform common math processes involving addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
7.Stand, walk, sit, stoop, bend, lift, squat, climb ladders and stairs, work in high places, work inside or outside in all weather conditions under varying physical conditions and in closely confined areas.
8.Plan and independently perform fieldwork with general supervision.
9.Use tact and good judgment in contacts with the public and state and local agencies.
10. Prepare clear and comprehensive reports and keep accurate records.
11. Read construction drawings and specifications for necessary changes to bring into compliance with appropriate building and fire codes.
12. Understand and apply district programs, goals, objectives, and policies.
13. Understand, interpret, and apply complex procedures, regulations, and directions in order to process or to verify the accuracy of information or documents.
14. Gather, assemble, analyze and evaluate facts without benefit of well-established procedures, draw conclusions and make sound recommendations to the Fire Marshal.
15. Write legibly in English; uses keyboard skills and utilize district computer software.
16. Type at least 30 words per minute.

Supplemental information


Maintain physical ability and stamina to meet position tasks and responsibilities. Physical abilities must commensurate with the essential functions of the position. Reasonable accommodation can be made to enable people with disabilities to perform the described essential functions of the position.

No person shall pose a threat to themselves or to the health and safety of other individuals in the work place, or to the public they serve.


Possession of and ability to maintain a current valid California Driver's License, Class C, is a condition of employment.

SELECTION PROCESS: Application results and all correspondence will be e-mailed so please provide a valid e-mail address on the online application.

Written Exam - date to be determined

Panel Oral Interviews / Practical Exam dates to be determined

Fire Marshal Interviews dates to be determined

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Lateral Fire Inspector II

Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District