Feb 15, 2019
Apr 03, 2019
Full Time
Position Information

The Fire Prevention Office (FPO) of the Arlington County Fire Department is seeking a qualified and experienced fire code inspector for its Systems Test Unit. The Systems Test Unit performs approximately 2,100 annual tests and inspections of commercial and residential buildings that have fire protection systems to ensure buildings in Arlington County are in compliance with Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code, the Code of Arlington County, and other relevant fire prevention codes for the protection of life and property from fire and explosive hazards. As a member of the unit this Fire Code Inspector will oversee annual tests of fire protection systems on existing commercial and special hazard occupancies to ensure that the systems are in service, functioning properly, inspected, tested, and maintained.

Specific duties include:

  • Inspecting buildings and other occupied structures to ensure compliance with applicable codes and standards pertaining to the installation and testing of fire protection systems such as the fire alarm, sprinkler, suppression, HVAC systems, fire hydrants, water distribution systems, and access control systems;
  • Providing system testing of commercial buildings as required for annual code compliance;
  • Witnessing the required sprinkler and fire protection system performance tests conducted by certified third-party contractors of the building owner or occupant;
  • Interpreting applicable codes and standards during inspections and communicating codes and standards to citizens, building occupants, and building owners;
  • Identifying other building hazards related to fire safety and system inspection such as replacement of exit lights, locked or blocked exist ways, and improper use of extension cords;
  • Issuing notices of violation and writing detailed reports of code non-compliance;
  • Re-inspecting and testing to ensure compliance of occupancies or properties in violation; and
  • Reviewing historical data in computer database prior to conducting inspections and entering new information to update system.

Selection Criteria

Minimum: Progressively responsible experience in the design, installation, repair, maintenance, inspection, testing, or code enforcement of fire protection systems plus additional required certifications as listed below:

  • Virginia Fire Inspector Certification (National Fire Protection Association 1031 Certification);
  • General Certification (IBC/CORE); and
  • Must possess or obtain Virginia Certification in Fire Protection 3B - General and Fire Protection (Building Officials and Code Administrators Association) within the first twelve months of employment.
Substitution: National Pro Board Certified 1031 Certification or NICET Fire Alarm Systems Level II or Level III certification will substitute for National Fire Protection Association 1031 Certification and IBC/CORE certification. Candidates utilizing this substitution must have at least three years of relevant work experience as described above. No substitution of education for experience is allowed for those utilizing the National Pro Board or NICET Certification substitution. Candidates hired under this substitution must obtain the certifications described in the minimum qualifications within 18 months of hire.

Desirable: Preference may be given to candidates with one or more of the following:
  • Possession of a Fire Protection General 3B certification from the National Certification Program for Construction Code Inspectors (NCPCCI); and/or
  • Experience performing extensive data entry, maintaining data in an automated system, and writing detailed reports to document code compliance.

Special Requirements

The applicant must possess and maintain throughout employment a valid driver's license issued by the state of applicant's residence. The applicant must provide or authorize Arlington County to obtain a copy of the applicant's official state/district driving record. Any offer of employment may be contingent on a favorable review of the applicant's driving record and criminal history. 

A background check will be conducted on all candidates who are finalists for the position.  It may include checks of the following: criminal record, driving record, education, professional licensure, and credit check and may require signing a release authorizing the County to obtain this information.

Completion of the Commonwealth of Virginia Statement of Economic Interest form will be required of the successful candidate upon hire and annually thereafter.

Please complete each section of the application. A resume may be attached; however, it will not substitute for the completed application. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Additional Information

Work hours: 40 hours per week, typically Monday through Friday. However, exact work shifts may vary and is based upon the availability of properties to be inspected and may include some weekends and overtime.

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