Fire Inspector

Washington D.C
Oct 11, 2019
Oct 27, 2019
Full Time
As a Fire Inspector, you will ensure and enforce compliance with fire prevention codes and related regulations, standards, and guidelines by reviewing plans and conducting tests and inspections. Your work will have significant impact on the safety of employees and airport users.

Fire Inspector

Serves in the Fire Code Enforcement Division (FCED) of the Fire and Rescue Department in the Office of Public Safety at either Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) or Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD).

Performs code enforcement and inspections. Plans review of and fire systems testing on all Airports Authority property to ensure compliance with the Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code (VSFPC) and all related regulations, standards, and guidelines. Performs related functions.


Reviews documents on pertinent information, incidents, policies, and procedures.

Maintains readiness to respond to service calls. Responds to inquiries or complaints.

Reviews design and construction specifications or drawings for adherence to the VSFPC and other requirements and standards.

Evaluates proposals for installation of new systems, such as commercial kitchen hood systems or fire alarm systems, for their effect on existing systems and activities.

Reviews construction for compliance with approved plans, drawings, and specifications.

Determines and recognizes the need for fire code permits; issues fire code permits.

Conducts field inspections of fire protection systems, existing and new construction, and renovation projects. Verifies compliance with established standards and requirements.

Identifies violations and issues notices of violations; takes measures to ensure corrections.

Develops plans for acceptance or re-acceptance testing; coordinates and conducts the testing process; reports results to the Fire Marshal or the Building Code Official.

Investigates and troubleshoots problems related to fire-protection equipment and systems.

Issues Notices of Violation(s) and parking citations for fire lane violations.

Verifies that emergency planning and preparedness measures required by the VSFPC are in place and have been practiced.

Evaluates dangerous or hazardous situations. Identifies courses of action and acts decisively.

Attends training on codes, regulations, and standards.

Prepares, conducts, and leads or helps lead recertification training.

Assists Virginia certified Fire Investigators in fire, hazardous material, and other incident investigations to determine if fire code violations exist or contributed to the incident.

Educates airport personnel, tenants, and the public on code issues and fire prevention.

Performs other duties as assigned.


Four years of progressively responsible experience in performing fire code inspections.

Knowledge of and ability to conduct inspections for compliance with building construction standards, code requirements, reference standards (e.g., VSFPC, pertinent National Fire Protection Association [NFPA]), and other requirements and standards.

Ability to quickly and safely respond to the immediate aftermath of fire incidents.

Ability to perform regularly recurring Fire Inspector functions.

Skill in using fire code inspection techniques and related tools and equipment.

Ability to speak and write effectively.

Skill in using a computer and modern office suite software.

Ability to analyze data and information (including blueprints and schematics).


An Associate's Degree in Fire Science, or related field.

Certification of successful completion of accredited training in National Incident Management System Modules IS 100 & IS 700 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) .

Certification in Hazardous Materials Awareness from the Virginia Department of Fire Programs (VDFP) or certification in HAZMAT Operations (HMO) by the National Fire Protection Association ( NFPA), the National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications (Pro Board), or the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC).


A high school diploma or a Certificate of General Educational Development (GED).


A state driver's license in good standing.

Certified as a Fire Inspector (NFPA 1031) from the VDFP within 180 days of hire, promotion, or placement in the job.

Certification of successful completion of the Core Module of the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) Building Code Academy within 540 days of hire, promotion, or placement in the job.

Certified as a Fire Prevention Inspector from the Virginia DHCD within 540 days of hire, promotion, or placement in the job.


Work is typically reviewed in progress upon completion for quantity, quality, timeliness, teamwork, customer service, and other factors.

Operates vehicle landside and airside (requires AOA permit).

May be subject to hold over and recall on a 24-hour basis for essential services and emergencies.

May be subject to adverse weather conditions and dust/grease/dirt.

May be subject to potential hazards common to the airport environment and firefighting. Wears personal protective gear, as necessary.


A background security investigation will be required for all new hires.

Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority is an Equal Opportunity Employer.| Follow us on Twitter @MWAAcareers.

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