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Fire Prevention Inspector


Under the direct supervision of the Fire Marshal / Division Chief, performs fire inspection and prevention activities. The incumbent enforces fire codes, laws and regulations relating to fire protection, prevention and safety.

This classification is assigned to the Miscellaneous bargaining unit for labor relations purposes and is subject to overtime assignments.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS – Duties may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Conducts inspections of new construction, remodeled and various other structures to ensure compliance with fire, life safety and related codes.
  • Periodically inspects hospitals, convalescent homes and childcare facilities.
  • Inspects fire escapes, emergency exits, fire and smoke alarms, sprinklers systems, hood systems, and other system and equipment to promote fire and life safety.
  • Advises developers, contractors, property owners and the public in matters related to fire prevention, code enforcement and hazardous material storage and disposal. Reviews applications and issues permits for gas tank storage, pyrotechnics and high-hazard storage.
  • Maintains accurate physical and computer files and records. Prepares correspondence, reports and other written materials.
  • Reviews plans and specifications for compliance with applicable codes and regulations.
  • Appears in court in defense of code enforcement.
  • Conducts inspections, provides training and administers applications for the fourth of July fire works program.
  • Conducts fire flow tests.
  • Issues various citations.
  • Support line personnel with code issues encountered during engine company inspections.
  • Coordinate with all City department regarding fire prevention matters.
  • Process building permits for fire prevention related matters.
  • Performs related duties as assigned.


Knowledge of:

  • Federal, State and local ordinances and regulations relating to fire and life safety, hazardous materials storage and building construction.
  • Principles and methods used in building construction.
  • Fire protection, detection and suppressions systems, materials and equipment.
  • Mathematics related to calculating fire protection and suppression system requirements.
  • Fire inspection practices and methods, including techniques for dealing with the public in stressful situations.
  • Operation of computer and assigned programs.

Ability to:

  • Perform thorough and accurate facility inspections for code enforcement purposes.
  • Prepare clear, concise and complete written reports.
  • Understand and carry out oral and written instructions.
  • Interpret and apply complex codes and regulations.
  • Read and interpret plans and specifications.
  • Establish and maintain effective relationships with those contacted during the course of work.
  • Investigate complaints, evaluate alternatives and make appropriate recommendations for problem resolution.
  • Deal courteously and communicate effectively with property owners, contractors and other contacted in the course of work.



One year of experience dealing with the public in an enforcement or inspection role with a fire or building department, or equivalent.


Equivalent to graduation from high school.


Possession of a valid California Driver’s license at time of appointment, to be maintained as a condition of continued employment.

Possession of a Fire Inspector One A Certificate and Fire Inspector One B Certificate within twelve (12) months of appointment.

Possession of a Fire Inspector One C Certificate and Fire Inspector One D within twenty four (24) months of appointment. (Note:If training classes are not available during this time frame, additional time will be provided.)


Incumbents must possess at the time of appointment to this position and maintain the physical ability and stamina to meet prevention duties including: Vision corrected sufficiently to drive City vehicles, read blueprints, fine print; hear well enough to identify mechanical noises, converse on the radio, telephone; bodily mobility to crawl in attics, maintain balance on narrow platforms, to climb ladders; use of hands and fingers to write and drive vehicles; must be able to lift equipment as necessary; tolerate fluctuations in temperature while performing essential functions.

    For questions about City employment, please contact:

    Human Relations
    156 S. Broadway, Ste. 235
    Turlock, CA 95380-5454
    (209) 668-5150
    Monday - Friday, 8AM - 5PM

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