Fire Prevention Inspector I/II - City of Modesto

  • City of Modesto
  • 1010 10th Street, address, Modesto, California
  • Nov 18, 2022
Full Time Fire and EMS Entry-Level
  • Salary: $5,001.94 USD
  • Salary Top: $6,709.83
  • Phone: 2095775389
  • Apply By: Dec 01, 2022


The Fire Prevention Inspector I/II is responsible to inspect buildings, facilities, sprinkler systems, and fire alarm systems in order to enforce fire codes and ordinances; to perform routine code enforcement activities related to local and state fire and life safety codes; and to conduct public presentations relating to fire and life safety.

Job Description

Essential Functions:


Inspect a variety of structures and facilities, including new construction, tenant’s improvements, hospitals, schools, airports, residential care facilities, and surgery centers to ensure compliance with state and local fire codes.


Perform inspections relating to weed abatement, fire alarms, fire sprinkler systems, and medical gas and fire suppression systems.   


Inspect underground fire mains, fire hydrant lines, above ground sprinkler piping, fire extinguishing systems, and smoke and heat detection devices; observe hydrostatic and other testing as required.   


Coordinate inspection activities with other departments and outside agencies.


Meet with citizens, organizations, and civic groups; conduct oral presentations and provide information and training on fire codes, local ordinances, fire prevention, and fire and life safety issues.


Assist the Deputy Fire Marshal by reviewing assigned diagrams and specifications to ascertain conformance with applicable fire codes; read and interpret blueprints to ensure compliance with approved plans.  


Confer with architects, contractors, builders, and the general public in the field and office regarding fire and building codes, local ordinances, and state laws.


Receive and investigate complaints of fire hazards, including abandoned buildings, locked exits, overcrowding, and dry vegetation.   


Meet with citizen groups, organizations, contractors, engineers, and developers; conduct oral presentations and provide information on fire codes, fire prevention, and life safety.  


Conduct research activities; gather information and compile various reports.  


Provide support at the front counter and over the telephone; provide information and respond to questions from the public regarding codes and local and state laws.  


Maintain files and records on inspection activities, programs, and investigations.  


Assist with the planning and coordination of special events and activities as they relate to fire safety; conduct inspections of special events to ensure compliance with permitting requirements; attend special events to ensure appropriate access and safety requirements are met.

Assist in the training of fire prevention personnel by providing technical assistance as necessary.


Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other City employees, and the public using principles of good customer service. 


Observe and maintain a safe working environment in compliance with established safety programs and procedures.

Marginal Functions: 


Perform related duties as assigned.

Job Requirements

Fire Prevention Inspector I

Knowledge of:  


Basic mathematics and technical report writing.  


Safe work practices and procedures pertaining to areas of assignment.  


Office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and applicable software applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, and databases.


Ability to:  


Learn pertinent fire prevention laws, codes, rules, and regulations.  


Deal with the public in general and in difficult work situations.  


Inspect and identify violations of applicable codes and ordinances. 


Respond to inquiries, complaints, and requests for service in a fair, professional, tactful, and firm manner.  


Learn to read and interpret maps, diagrams, construction plans, and specifications. 


Maintain and update computer databases, historical records, daily logs, and reports.  


Observe and record findings during inspections.


Understand, interpret, and explain department policies and procedures; explain operations and problem solve office issues for the public and with staff.

Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.


Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.  


Operate office equipment including computers and supporting word processing, spreadsheet, database applications, and fleet management systems.


Experience and Training Guidelines:  


Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:  




None required. Experience in customer service, fire service experience (paid or volunteer) code enforcement or building construction duties is desirable.  




Equivalent to an Associate’s degree from an accredited college with major course work in fire science or a related field.  


License or Certificate:  

Possession of a valid California driver's license.

Fire Prevention Inspector II

In addition to the qualifications for Fire Prevention Inspector I:     

Knowledge of: 

Departmental inspection procedures. 

Public relations as they relate to obtaining cooperation and compliance to fire codes and laws. 

Fire suppression systems including sprinkler systems, stand pipes and chemical systems. 

Fire alarm systems.     

Principles of training.

Ability to: 

Enforce pertinent fire codes, ordinances, laws and regulations with impartiality and efficiency.   

Read and interpret maps, diagrams, construction plans and specifications. 

Conduct fire inspections to ensure compliance with federal, state and local laws and regulations.   

Schedule and perform work assignments with a minimum of supervision.

Experience and Training Guidelines:

 Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be: 


Two years of responsible experience equivalent to Fire Prevention Inspector I in the City of Modesto. 


Equivalent to an Associate's degree from an accredited college with major coursework in fire science or a related field. Completion of California State Fire Marshal Fire Prevention training courses 1A, 1B, and 1C or equivalent. 

License or Certificate: 

Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate valid California driver's license.

Special Instructions


Fire Prevention Inspector I - This is the entry level class in the Fire Prevention Inspector series. Positions in this class typically have little or no directly related work experience.  The Fire Prevention Inspector I class is distinguished from the II level by the performance of less than the full range of duties assigned to the II level. Incumbents work under supervision while learning job tasks, progressing to general supervision as procedures and processes of assigned area of responsibility are learned.


Fire Prevention Inspector II - This is the journey level class in the Fire Prevention Inspector series and is distinguished from the I level by the assignment of the full range of duties and complexity of work. Employees at this level receive only occasional instruction or assistance as new, unusual, or unique situations arise and are fully aware of the operating procedures and policies within the work unit. Positions in this class are flexibly staffed and are normally filled by advancement from the I level.


This class is distinguished from the Senior Fire Prevention Inspector in that the latter is the advanced journey level class in the series where incumbents perform the most difficult and responsible types of duties assigned to classes within this series, including providing technical and/or functional supervision over assigned staff.


Applicants will be assessed on the application submitted. Due to the volume of applications received, resumes will not be screened for the purpose of determining who is most qualified to compete in the testing process. It is the applicant's responsibility to fill out the "Education" and "Work Experience" sections of the application with complete information and adequate detail. Do not substitute any part of the application form with the words "see  resume".  Applicants may be screened to the most qualified and invited to continue to the next phase of the testing process which may include an online exam. 

The following information is provided for you to use as a reference and as a planning tool. Human Resources is unable to schedule make-up examinations.

Tentative Schedule:

iAHQ Exam

December 6, 2022 - December 13, 2022

Human Resources Department reserves the right to revise the testing process to best meet the needs of the City.

Additional Information

To apply, visit City application required for consideration. Deadline to apply is 12/1/22.

Job Address

1010 10th Street, address, Modesto, California United States View Map