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Senior Fire Code Compliance Officer
City of Alameda, East Bay


For more info contact:
[email protected]
(510) 747-4900

This Recruitment is open to City of Alameda Employees Only

Close Date: Dec 31, 2012
Salary: $29.37 - $41.33 Hourly

PROMOTIONAL EXAMINATION: All qualified City of Alameda employees may apply



Under general direction oversees and performs fire code compliance work involving field investigations, observations and resolution of alleged or apparent violations, including investigating and documenting violations; performs preliminary plan check review; represents the City at various hearings and events, as well as working actively with the public and City staff to resolve fire code compliance issues and promote community awareness; performs other related work as required.





  1. Coordinates, reviews, schedules and performs work related to Fire code compliance including implementing and enforcing the City’s fire code compliance program.

  2. Receives, records, investigates and responds to reported violations of various fire codes, laws, rules, and regulations; gathers and evaluates related information and determines course of action.
  3. Conducts inspections, field studies, tests, and investigations; issues citations; prepares and presents fire code violation cases.
  4. Participates in court actions involving fire code violations; collects evidence, prepares court exhibits, and testifies in court.
  5. Coordinates activities and works collaboratively with City departments and other regulatory agencies.
  6. Recommends  appropriate disposition of outstanding cases.
  7. Ensures adherence to and application of established safe work practices and procedures.
  8. Provides information to the public regarding fire codes, laws, ordinances and regulations; serves as liaison to various community groups, property owners, businesses and professional organizations; prepares and makes various public education presentations; attends various meetings, seminars and classes; investigates and resolves complaints.
  9. Prepares reports, recommendations, correspondence, compliance agreements, and other information and documents; recommends revisions to fire codes, policies and procedures.
  10. Organizes and maintains various records and files including specialized computer applications.
  11. Maintains up-to-date knowledge of applicable codes, laws, rules and regulations, and methods and practices related to fire code enforcement.
  12. Oversees the work of and provides lead direction and training to assigned staff. 




Possession of the employment standards does not assure advancement to the Examination or placement on the Eligible List. This is a competitive examination where a candidate’s performance in the Examination will be judged in comparison with the performance of other candidates. To be considered, applicants should possess the combination of education and experience necessary to prove the required knowledge and abilities for the position.  A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:



Education/Experience & Other Requirements

  1. Graduation from high school supplemented by course work in business or public administration, code enforcement, fire prevention, police science, or related area.
  2. Four years of progressively responsible journey level fire code compliance experience.
  3. Possession of a valid California Driver's License and satisfactory driving record as a condition of initial and continued employment.
  4. Possession of valid California Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) certification, Penal Code Section 832, Laws of Arrest without Firearms, or the equivalent.
  5. Possession of valid International Code Council Fire Inspector certification, or the equivalent.
  6. Possession of or the ability to obtain within one year of appointment, International Code Council Fire Plans Examiner Certification; or equivalent certification as recognized by the City.
  7. Willingness and/or ability to work varying shifts, including nights, holidays and weekends; work on an on-call basis; work irregular duty assignments; may wear a uniform; successfully pass a background investigation; work alone; attend educational sessions as required; travel out of town for one day or more.



Knowledge of principles and practices of fire code enforcement; construction practices and materials; applicable federal, state and local fire codes, laws and regulations; residential, business, health, safety and welfare investigation techniques; modern office practice methods and equipment, including computers and designated software; safe work practices and procedures.


Ability to effectively oversee, schedule and perform assigned fire code compliance work; organize and implement a comprehensive fire code enforcement program; interpret, apply and explain codes, ordinances, laws and regulations; read and interpret blueprints, maps, drawings and diagrams; conduct inspections and investigations and perform related administrative and field functions, including identification, collection, preparation and presentation of evidence; ascertain facts, apply appropriate codes, ordinances, laws and regulations; respond to, investigate, document and resolve inquiries, complaints and requests for service in a fair, tactful and firm manner; perform mathematical calculations with speed and accuracy; maintain and utilize designated specialized computer software and operating systems; establish, organize and maintain accurate records and recordkeeping systems; interpret and analyze information, draw valid conclusions and project consequences; maintain level of knowledge and certification required for satisfactory job performance; communicate effectively; act with resourcefulness, courtesy and initiative; establish and maintain positive and effective working relationships with employees, other agencies and the public; and oversee the work of and provide lead direction and training to assigned staff.




PART I:   A review of all applications to identify those applicants who meet the minimum requirements for acceptance into the exam.


PART II:  An evaluation of those applications and Supplemental Questionnaires to select those best qualified to continue in the exam.  FAILURE TO SUBMIT SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONNAIRE WILL REMOVE AN APPLICANT FROM CONSIDERATION.




PART III: A Job Related Qualifications Appraisal Interview (weighted 100%).  A brief written or practical exercise may be conducted in conjunction with the Qualifications Appraisal Interview.  The panel will conduct a comprehensive review of each candidate's technical knowledge and overall suitability for the position.  Candidates receiving a score of 70% or more will have their names placed on an Eligible List.  The three (3) names highest on the list are certified to the department(s) having vacancies.  Placement on an Eligible List does not guarantee employment.  Tie scores will be broken by giving priority to the candidate based on the earliest application date.  Prior to appointment, a thorough reference check will be conducted and may include a credit check.  Final selection will be made from the Eligible List by the Department Head.  Federal law requires that, prior to employment, you must furnish proof of your identity and eligibility for employment in the United States, such as driver’s license, original Social Security card, US passport, or appropriate INS forms, etc.




1.     Apply ONLINE at


2.     Apply IN-PERSON at the City of Alameda Human Resources Department (Monday-Thursday, 8am-6pm) at 2263 Santa Clara Avenue, Room 290, Alameda, CA 94501

Applications must be filed no later than closing time on the last date to apply.  No photocopies or facsimiles are accepted.  It is the applicant's responsibility to allow adequate delivery time.  Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed City Application. 


VETERAN’S PREFERENCE CREDIT:  A job applicant qualifies as a veteran if honorably discharged from active military, reservist, or National Guard duty of at least 18 consecutive months within the past five (5) years of the date of application. In case of discharge attributable to service-connected injuries or illnesses, the 18 months active duty requirement need not be fulfilled. An applicant claiming veteran’s preference credit must attach to their application, a legible copy of their DD-214 verifying the type of discharge and date(s) of active service.  NO OTHER DOCUMENTATION WILL BE ACCEPTED.


Agency Shop:  Employees in this classification, as a condition of employment, must agree to union membership or payment of an "in lieu" service fee.



The City of Alameda encourages minorities, women and the disabled to apply.  It is the City's policy that all aspects of employment and promotion shall be without regard to sex, marital status or disability (except where dictated by requirements of the position), race, sexual orientation, political affiliation, religious creed, color, national origin or age.  Qualified disabled persons must be able to perform the essential functions of the position with reasonable accommodations.  No individual may pose a direct threat to the health or safety of himself/herself or other individuals in the workplace.  Barring undue hardship, reasonable accommodations can be made in the application and examination process for disabled individuals or for religious reasons.  Requests for reasonable accommodation should be made in advance to the Human Resources Department.  Hearing Impaired TDD (510) 522-7538.


The information contained herein is subject to change and does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract.



For Benefits information, please visit our website at: A detailed summary for this position can be found under Alameda City Employees Association.

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