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Fire and Life Safety Plans Examiner
City of Fremont, East Bay

Building

For more info contact:
NDIAS@FREMONT.GOV
(510) 494-4660
Close Date: Continuous
Salary: $82,172.00 - $99,840.00 Annually

 



























Definition



Under general direction of the Buildings and Safety Manager and Fire Marshal, reviews and approves plans and specifications for complex fire suppression, fire detection, high piled storage or hazardous materials installations: reviews building construction and site development plans for compliance with federal, state and local fire and life-safety codes and City ordinances. Provides fire code related technical review and advice in consultation with City staff, and in discussions with architects, contractors and other members of the general public, at the counter and by telephone; applies knowledge of the Uniform Building Codes in building and safety plan checking assistance; assists in the preparation and adoption of fire codes and fire prevention ordinances and standards: and performs related work as assigned.



Class Characteristics



This is an advanced journey-level classification in which incumbents are fully qualified to review and check plans and specifications for compliance with automatic fire extinguishing system (AFES) laws, codes and ordinances, related building codes and ordinances, and to provide technical advice to the public at the permit counter. The incumbent in this position uses considerable independent judgment and specialized knowledge in fire and life safety, and develops professional recommendations to resolve problems when variations or alternatives to standard code requirements may be necessary: The class is distinguished from the Building Inspector Specialist by the specialized nature of assignments related to fire and life safety. Work review is occasional or on a problem basis, with the employee presenting alternative courses for policy decision.


 Essential Functions:

• Review life safety submittals and fire protection systems for compliance with currently adopted fire and life safety codes, regulations and standards, including State of California Titles 19 and 24. This includes fire suppression, detection and alarm systems, standpipe and smoke control systems. Analysis may include systems for high-piled storage, spray booths, hood and duct, dust collection, conveyors, hazardous materials or engineered systems.

• Serve as a technical advisor to architects, engineers, developers, contractors and building owners in interpreting and enforcing fire protection requirements, fire and life safety codes, regulations and standards; investigates and prepares recommendations for the Fire Chief, Building Official or their designee on requests for alternate materials and methods.

• Coordinate with Building and Safety Personnel in establishing schedules and methods for providing fire protection plan review services; identify resource needs and effectively communicate resource status with appropriate management staff; allocate resources accordingly.

• Make field inspections of construction sites for compliance with all fire code requirements.

• Attend and participate in conferences, fire protection technical seminars and professional group meetings.

• Disseminate information regarding new technological developments impacting the Fire Department activities and procedures. Maintain high technical standards within the department.

• Prepare reports and correspondence pertaining to fire protection engineering problems and fire and life safety code enforcement.

• Assist and participate in training Fire Department personnel in all aspects of fire protection and inspection.

• Ability to evaluate alternate suppression systems such as CO2 or dry systems.

• Ability to evaluate water based fire suppression systems.



Marginal Functions



• Other related duties as assigned.


 Minimum Qualifications:

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities



Knowledge of: Uniform Fire Code, related design standards and related building codes, and their application in buildings and structures design and construction, particularly fire protection and alarm systems; hydraulic design in relation to Fire Sprinkler system and electrical system design in relation for fire detection and alarm system; air distribution system in the building and design techniques for smoke detection, containment and evacuation; characteristics and hazards of materials and applicable rules and standard in relation to storage, use and dispensing; alternate methods of fire suppression such as dry system and their application on high tech industries; Federal, State and local fire safety codes and related design standards and ordinances governing building construction, rehabilitation, alteration, use and occupancy and classifications and exiting systems; appropriate fire resistive construction building methods and modern fire protection and detection systems and equipment. 



Skill in: Answering inquiries and complaints form the public regarding fire and safety codes requirements; dispute resolution techniques; written and oral communications methods, fire inspection and customer service principles; dealing tactfully and effectively with a variety of individuals, including property owners, contractors, architects, engineers and co-workers; making accurate calculations of required fire flows, determination of the building area, assembly requirements and permit fees.



Incumbents must possess the physical and mental capacity to work under the conditions described in this document and to perform the duties required by their assigned position.

Education/Experience 



Any combination of education and/or experience which provides the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to satisfactory job performance would be qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required knowledge, skills and abilities would be completion of an AA or AS degree from an accredited institution of higher learning in fire protection technology or related field and six years of fire plan check experience in a public agency performing plan checks and inspections of fire suppression installations, fire safety inspection and enforcement of the Uniform Fire Code. Specialized plan review in Special Hazards Fire Suppression Systems or experience with Toxic Gas Monitoring Systems is required.



Licenses/Certificates/Special Requirements

Incumbent must be able to travel to various locations within and outside the City of Fremont to meet the program needs and to fulfill the job responsibilities. When driving on City business, maintenance of a valid California driver's license and satisfactory driving record are required. Additionally, California Registered Fire Protection Engineer, ICC Fire Code Certification or State Fire Marshal's plan reviewer certification is required within one year of date of hire.



Physical and Environmental Demands



Rare = 66%



Sitting: Constant

Walking: Occasional

Standing: Rare

Bending (neck): Frequent – to review planes on desk/counter

Bending (waist): Frequent – to review planes on desk/counter

Squatting: Never

Climbing: Rare – when in the field (couple hours in the month)

Kneeling: Never

Crawling: Never

Jumping: Rare – when in the field

Balancing: Rare - when in the field, waking on 2' x 10" planks

Twisting (neck): Occasional

Twisting (waist): Never

Grasp - light (dominant hand): Rare

Grasp - light (non-dominant): Rare

Grasp - firm (dominant hand): Rare

Grasp - firm (non-dominant): Rare

Fine manipulation (dominant): Occasional 

Fine manipulation (non-dominant): Occasional

Reach - at/below shoulder: Rare

Reach – above shoulder level: Rare



Push/pull:

Up to 10 lbs. Rare – rolled plans

11 to 25 lbs. Rare – rolled plans

26 to 50 lbs. Rare – 26-30 rolled plans

51 to 75 lbs. Never

76 to 100 lbs. Never

Over 100 lbs. Never



Lifting:

Up to 10 lbs. Rare – rolled plans

11 to 25 lbs. Rare – rolled plans

26 to 50 lbs. Rare – 26-30 rolled plans

51 to 75 lbs. Never

76 to 100 lbs. Never

Over 100 lbs. Never



Carrying:

Up to 10 lbs. Rare – rolled plans

11 to 25 lbs. Rare – rolled plans

26 to 50 lbs. Rare – 26-30 rolled plans

51 to 75 lbs. Never

76 to 100 lbs. Never

Over 100 lbs. Never



Coordination:

Eye-hand: Required

Eye-hand-foot: Required

Driving: Required



Vision:

Acuity, near: Required

Acuity, far: Required

Depth perception: Required

Accommodation: Required

Color vision: Required

Field of vision: Required



Talking:

Face-to-face contact: Required

Verbal contact w/others: Required

Public: Required



Hearing:

Normal conversation: Required

Telephone communication: Required

Earplugs required: Required – when on construction site (couple hours per month) 

Work environment:

Works indoors, works outdoors, being around moving machinery – cranes, earth mover etc. when in the field, exposure to dust, fumes, smoke, gases, odors, mists, or other irritating particles – when in the field, exposure to toxic or caustic chemicals (wear protective clothing construction site/pile driver), exposure to excessive noise, exposure to radiation or electrical energy – transformer, exposure to solvents, grease or oil – inspect service stations, exposure to slippery or uneven walking surfaces, working below ground, using computer monitor, exposure to vibration, works around others, work alone, works with others.


 Supplemental Information:
Class Code: 5632

FLSA: Non-exempt

EEOC Code: 2

Bargaining Unit: FACE

Probation: 12 Months

Est.: 04/08

Ideal Candidate:

Any combination of education and/or experience which provides the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to satisfactory job performance would be qualifying. 

A typical way to obtain the required knowledge, skills and abilities would be completion of an A.A. or A.S. degree froman accredited institution of higher learning in fire protection technology or related field and six years of fire plan check experience in a public agency performing plan checks and inspections of fire suppression installations, fire safety inspections and enforcement of the Uniform Fire Code. Specialized plan review in Special Hazards Fire Suppression Systems or experience with Toxic Gas Monitoring Systems is required.


Benefits:

Annual salary for this position is from $82,172 to $99,840 DOQ. Current benefit features include: 

CalPERS Retirement Benefit* 

  • Classic Employees - 2 % @ 60 benefit, 3 yr. final average compensation. 
  • New Employees - 2% @ 62 benefit, 3 yr. final average compensation. 
  • Required PERS contributions vary by plan. All required contributions are tax deferred. 
  • Cafeteria Benefit Plan for employees/ dependents includes $1,521.95/month for vision, medical and dental plans; dependent care and medical expenses can be paid for with pre-tax dollars. 

 

A complete benefit summary can be found online at 

Fremont.gov or go to http://www.fremont.gov/DocumentCenter/View/18704

 

 

This position is represented by the FACE bargaining unit. The probationary period for this position is six (6) months. 

 

 

*Refer to CalPERS web site for complete definitions of Classic and New employees: calpers.ca.gov 

 
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