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Under general direction to administer the laws and regulations of the State Fire Marshal and to be a staff specialist responsible for a specialized fire prevention function; and do other related work.
Positions in this classification are not supervisory; however, individuals in this class may function in a leadworker capacity.
A Deputy State Fire Marshal III (Specialist) does difficult specialized field enforcement work; consults with local fire officials, architects, engineers, and contractors on problems of fire and panic safety in the design, construction, and operation of buildings and facilities subject to regulation by the State Fire Marshal; cooperates with other public agencies on mutual problems relating to fire safety; reviews reports and recommendations of field inspectors and prepares letters of instruction and recommendation to owners; conducts informal hearings and prepares cases for court, as required; administers the application, within a district, of all laws and regulations of the State Fire Marshal; conducts training meetings for field personnel; maintains records of inspections made; supervises field personnel in following up enforcement of laws and regulations of the Office of State Fire Marshal; trains new field personnel on inspection work and enforcement and evaluates their performance; makes special field inspections with personnel in unusual or controversial problems.
Administers laws and regulations governing the flame-retardant treatment of tents and flammable decorative materials, the manufacture and sale of dangerously flammable articles of wearing apparel, and the sale and discharge of fireworks.
Reviews plans and specification for small-capacity occupancies, heat-activated fire alarm and sprinkler systems, and revisions to existing buildings for compliance with panic and fire safety laws and regulations; may devote full time to reviewing plans and specifications for all types of buildings subject to regulation by the State Fire Marshal; 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.
Attends day or evening meetings of associations, service clubs, and similar groups to give fire prevention talks and to present fire prevention material.
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 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. In fire prevention or industrial safety engineering in private industry; or
3. In building inspection work in a public bureau, unit or agency.
(College training may be substituted for the 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 of: Fire prevention principles and methods of conducting fire prevention inspections; State laws, rules, and regulations relating to the Office of State Fire Marshal, and purpose and functions of this Office; Fire Prevention and Protection standards established by nationally recognized agencies such as the National Fire Protection Association and the National Board of Fire Underwriters; provisions of the Uniform Building Code 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 building plans and specifications.
Ability to: Train lower level staff; speak effectively; prepare reports and correspondence; establish and maintain cooperative relations with those contacted in the work; analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action.
Tact and keenness of observation.
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.