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					CITY OF CAMAS Union Status: Non-Represented August, 1999

FIRE MARSHAL
Class specifications are intended to present a descriptive list of the range of duties performed by employees in the class. Specifications are not intended to reflect all duties performed within the job.

JOB OBJECTIVES Under general direction, to manage, supervise and coordinate fire prevention program activities and operations within the Fire Department including fire prevention and fire investigation services and activities; to coordinate assigned activities with other divisions, departments, outside agencies and the general public; and to provide highly responsible and complex staff assistance to the Fire Chief. ESSENTIAL FUNCTION STATEMENTS
The following tasks are typical for positions in this classification. Any single position may not perform all of these tasks and/or may perform similar related tasks not listed here:

1. Oversee and coordinate the organization, staffing and operational activities of the fire prevention program of the Fire Department including fire code development and enforcement, fire investigation, and hazardous materials regulatory services. 2. Manage and participate in the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies and priorities for the fire prevention program of the Fire Department; recommend and implement policies and procedures. 3. Establish, within Department policy, appropriate service and staffing levels; monitor and evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods and procedures; allocate resources accordingly. 4. Plan, direct, coordinate and review the work plan for staff assigned to the fire prevention and investigative services program; assign work activities and projects; monitor work flow; review and evaluate work products, methods and procedures; meet with staff to identify and resolve problems. 5. Plan, develop and administer the fire prevention program’s annual budget; participate in the forecast of funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials and supplies; monitor expenditures; implement adjustments. 6. Direct the development of new Fire Code regulations; conduct public presentations to community groups; neighborhood organizations, Fire Board of Appeals, Planning Commission, and City Council to explain proposed code changes and to solicit input regarding the change process; participate in national committees to participate in the development of national codes which impact the City. 7. Provide onsite inspections and recommendations for compliance with Uniform Fire Code, prepare reports on compliance as required. 8. Direct, coordinate and review the work plan for assigned fire prevention program services and activities; assign work activities and projects; monitor work flow; review and evaluate work products, methods and procedures; meet with staff to identify and resolve problems.

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9. Coordinate fire prevention program activities during involvement at significant, large scale incidents; coordinate the development of official group position papers in order to educate fire service personnel and the public regarding the role construction, access, fixed fire protection systems, and fire suppression activities had in the mitigation of the incident. 10. Review land development plans for compliance issues related to water supply, location of fire hydrants, access roads and street naming. 11. Train, motivate and evaluate assigned personnel; provide or coordinate staff training; work with employees to correct deficiencies; implement discipline and termination procedures. 12. Oversee and participate in the development and administration of the program’s annual budget; participate in the forecast of funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials and supplies, monitor and approve expenditures; implement adjustments. 13. Provide staff assistance to the Fire Chief; participate on a variety of committees and boards; prepare and present staff reports and other correspondence as appropriate and necessary. 14. Coordinate fire prevention program activities with those of other programs, divisions, departments, committees, commissions, boards, and outside agencies and organizations. 15. Attend and participate in professional group meetings; stay abreast of new trends and innovations in the field of fire prevention and fire investigation. AUXILIARY FUNCTION STATEMENTS 1. Follow all safety rules and procedures established for work area. 2. Perform related duties and responsibilities as required. QUALIFICATIONS Knowledge of: Operational services and activities of the fire prevention and code enforcement program. Modern and complex principles and practices of fire prevention and code enforcement. Principles and practices of program development and administration. Building codes affecting Fire and Life Safety operations and prevention. Life safety theories, principles, methods, and techniques. General principles of construction and investigative techniques. Potentially hazardous facility, material and situation recognition Principles of supervision, training and performance evaluation. Principles and practices of budget preparation and administration.

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Ability to: Supervise and coordinate fire code enforcement services. Supervise, direct and coordinate the work of lower level staff. Select, supervise, train and evaluate staff. Participate in the development and administration of program goals, objectives, and procedures. Prepare and administer program budgets. Prepare clear and concise administrative and technical reports. Interpret, apply and enforce Federal, State and local policies, laws and regulations. Supervise, implement and conduct acceptance tests of Fire and Life Safety systems. Develop, implement and evaluate policies and procedures for handling hazardous materials and potentially dangerous situations Ability to read and interpret applicable codes, standards and ordinances for plan review and on site inspections. Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences and proposed actions and implement recommendations in support of goals. Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing. Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work. Education and Experience Guidelines
Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Education: Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade supplemented by a two year formal specialized training course in fire protection, investigation or building construction. Experience: Five years increasingly responsible experience in fire prevention or fire fighting including two years administrative and supervisory responsibility. License or Certificate Possession of an appropriate, valid Uniform Fire Code Inspector certification. Possession of an appropriate, valid driver’s license. Possession of an appropriate, valid First Responder certification. Possession of an appropriate, valid I.C.B.O. Plans Examiner certificate.

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PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORKING CONDITIONS
The physical demands herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential job functions.

Environment: Office and emergency scene environment with exposure to potentially hazardous situations including extreme heat, cold, hazardous or toxic atmospheres, smoke, fumes, gases, and explosives. Mobility: Essential and marginal functions may require maintaining physical condition necessary for standing and walking for prolonged periods of time; heavy or moderate lifting; bending, stooping, kneeling, crawling; climbing with both legs and arms; operating motorized equipment and vehicles. Vision: Vision sufficient to read small print, computer screens and other printed documents. Hearing: Hearing sufficient to distinguish sounds such as disabled persons, children, or other injured in emergency situations and communicate via radio transmission. Other Factors: Incumbents may be required to work extended hours including evenings and weekends. Incumbents may be required to travel outside City boundaries to attend meetings. Incumbents may be subjected to communicable diseases, blood born pathogens, or other infectious environments.