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Deputy State Fire Marshal III (Supervisor) (9010)

Deputy State Fire Marshal III (Supervisor)

California State Personnel Board Specification

  • Schematic Code: VY71
  • Class Code: 9010
  • Established: 03/01/1983
  • Revised: 07/21/1987
  • Title Changed: --


Under general supervision, either (1) supervises the field enforcement and office staff within a portion of a large geographical region of the State; or (2) supervises a highly specialized, technical enforcement program; and does other related work. Through subordinate staff, incumbents in this classification administer the laws and regulations of the State Fire Marshal.

Typical Tasks

A Deputy State Fire Marshal III (Supervisor) may supervise the office and field inspection staff, i.e., plan, direct, and control the work within a portion of a region; or supervise the review of plans and specifications for public and private buildings for compliance with panic and fire safety laws and regulations.


Incumbents consult with State and/or local fire, health, planning and construction officials, architects, engineers, and contractors on sensitive problems regarding panic and fire safety in the design, construction, and operation of buildings and other facilities subject to regulation by the State Fire Marshal; cooperate with other public agencies on mutual problems relating to fire safety; review reports and recommendations of field inspectors and prepare letters of instruction and recommendation to owners, grant code alternatives; make special field inspections with personnel in unusual or controversial problems; may conduct informal hearings and prepares cases for court, as required; oversee the application, within a portion of region, of all laws and regulations of the State Fire Marshal; conduct training meetings for technical field personnel; supervise field personnel in following up enforcement of laws and regulation of the State Fire Marshal; train new field personnel on inspection work and enforcement and evaluates their performance; counsel staff regarding disciplinary problems; and initiate punitive action as necessary.


This class supervises and trains subordinates in the review of plans and specifications for all occupancies, fire alarm systems, both manual and automatic, fire extinguishing systems, and modifications of existing buildings for compliance with panic and fire safety laws and regulations; advises the Office of the State Architect and other State agencies concerning the application of fire prevention laws and regulations in the design and construction of State buildings. Representing the State Fire Marshal, incumbents in this class attend meetings of fire prevention associations, service clubs and similar groups to give fire prevention talks and to present fire prevention material.

Minimum Qualifications

Either I


Two years of experience performing the duties of a Deputy State Fire Marshal, Range B, in the California state service.



Experience: Five years of experience, at least three years of which shall have been in a lead or supervisory capacity, in any one or a combination of the following:


1. In fire prevention work in a public fire prevention bureau, unit or agency; or


2. On fire prevention or industrial safety engineering in private industry; or


3. In building compliance/inspection work in a public bureau, unit

Or Agency.


(College training may be substituted for the nonsupervisory experience on the basis of two years of college being equivalent to one year of experience.) and


Education: Equivalent to graduation from high school. (Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the required education on a year-for-year basis.)

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: Principles of effective supervision; State laws, rules and regulations relating to the Office of State Fire Marshal, and purposes and functions of the Office; fire prevention principles and methods of conducting fire prevention inspections; fire prevention and protection standards established by nationally recognized agencies, such as, the National Fire Protection Association; provisions of the California Administrative Codes and the uniform building, mechanical, and plumbing codes relating to fire safety; modern methods and equipment for fire prevention and control; construction and operation of fire protection appliances used in buildings, reading and interpreting plans and specifications for panic and fire safety laws and regulations; the department's Affirmative Action Program objectives and a supervisor's role in the Affirmative Action Program and the processes available to meet affirmative action objectives.


Ability to: Train and supervise subordinates; communicate effectively with management, peers, subordinates, and the general public; prepare concise, clear, well-documented written reports and other correspondence; establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the work; analyze complex situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action; effectively contribute to the department's affirmative action objectives.

Special Personal Characteristics

Supervisory ability, tact, and keenness of observation.

Felony Disqualification

Existing law provides that persons convicted of a felony are disqualified from employment as peace officers. Such persons are not eligible to compete for, or be appointed to, positions in this class.

  Updated: 6/3/2012
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