Fire investigator Job at City of Reno, NV, Reno, NV

  • City of Reno, NV
  • Reno, NV

Job Description

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* This application is for a reclassification of an existing position, open only to designated, internal candidates invited to participate in this examination process.*

This position will inspect commercial and residential buildings and properties to enforce Federal, State, and local codes and regulations. They will respond to complaints regarding fire code violations and fire hazards. This position will issue notices of violation and misdemeanor citations for fire code violations. They will review and approve construction plans for fire and life safety code compliance. This position will conduct inspections of fire safety systems during various phases of construction. They will advise, educate, and instruct the general public in proper fire safety methods and practices. This position will investigate fires and complete necessary computer data entry to document completed inspections.

Distinguishing Characteristics: The Fire Arson Investigator performs the full range of fire prevention duties, receiving occasional instruction or assistance as new or unusual situations arise. The principal duties include protecting the public and enforcing laws of the State of Nevada. The Fire Arson Investigator is fully aware of and knowledgeable about department policies and procedures, as well as local, state, and national codes and ordinances. The Fire Arson Investigator receives general supervision from Fire Prevention Captains and may exercise technical oversight of Fire Inspector I.

Examples of Essential Functions

  • Inspects for compliance with codes and regulations to identify, report, and eliminate fire hazards and hazardous material threats related to fire and life safety for industrial, commercial, institutional, residential, public assembly areas, and other properties.
  • Inspects businesses prior to issuance of a business license; identifies unsafe fire hazard practices or conditions and develops corrective recommendations.
  • Reviews, evaluates, and approves plans for buildings, sites, street emergency vehicle access, fire hydrant locations, and fire protection systems pertaining to fire, building and life safety codes.
  • Evaluates fire alarm systems, automated fire extinguishing systems, building exiting systems, and storage methods for explosives and combustible materials.
  • Discusses plan review requirements and related design criteria for various occupancy types and industrial processes for code compliance and departmental procedures with architects, engineers, developers, and property owners.
  • Investigates complaints regarding fire and life safety hazards and conducts inspections of existing buildings or structures to determine if hazardous or illegal conditions exist; documents code violations; recommends modifications to rectify violations and ensures code conformance.
  • Investigates structure and wildland fire origin and cause. Gather evidence, conduct witness interviews, question suspects, and make arrests regarding arson fires.
  • Issues citations to compel compliance with relevant codes and regulations to safeguard life and property from fire.
  • Prepares reports and maintains records regarding inspections, fire losses, fire causes, and other relevant information using an electronic database and office software.
  • Responds to inquiries and complaints from citizens related to fire codes, laws, policies, and fire and life safety concerns. Instructs property owners, occupants, and the general public regarding the removal of fire hazards, fire safety and prevention methods.
  • Recommends, prepares, and updates codes, standards, policies and procedures, and implements as directed to improve operational effectiveness.
  • Develops and delivers training programs in code application, interpretation and administrative procedures.
  • Prepares and delivers presentations on a variety of fire safety, prevention, protection, inspection, and public information and education topics to various organizations, schools, and the general public.
  • Serves as liaison on behalf of the Reno Fire Prevention Division with various jurisdictions, state, federal government agencies, community organizations, and groups.
  • Coordinates the integration of fire prevention objectives, through an established chain of command, with all fire department services and programs.
  • Assists with instruction of Fire Prevention Inspector I staff in fire prevention inspection methods, techniques, and procedures.
  • Remains current with changes in local and state fire and related codes.
  • Performs related duties and responsibilities as required.
  • Makes initial and supplementary investigation of crimes, interviews witnesses and complainants.
  • Carry a duty weapon, as needed in the exercise of the power of a peace officer.
  • Apprehends and makes arrests for violation of laws or ordinances.
  • Performs other duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications


  • High School Diploma or equivalent.
  • Specialized training in fire behavior and/or the building trades and code enforcement.
  • Twenty-four months experience as a Fire Inspector I with the Reno Fire Department.
  • Three (3) years of increasing responsible experience performing fire code related inspections duties with a recognized fire department.
  • Two (2) years of performing fire code related inspections either with a recognized fire department AND education equivalent to the completion of one year of college supplemented by special training in fire suppression, fire safety systems, fire sciences, fire prevention, plans examiner or related field.
License, Certificate, Special Requirements:
  • Valid driver’s license
  • The following current certifications from a nationally recognized certification board i.e. ICC, NFPA, DOD, IFSAV
    • Fire Inspector I
    • Fire Inspector II
    • Plans Examiner
  • Possession of a valid Nevada Peace Officer's Standards & Training (POST) certification in compliance with the Nevada Revised Statutes (NRS) 289.250.
  • Successfully complete the National Fire Academy’s Arson Investigation Course or acquire the International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI) Fire Investigator Technician certification.
Note: All required licenses and certifications must be kept current for this position.

Supplemental Information

To Apply:
Please submit your completed application and all additional information/documentation requested online at by the close of the recruitment. If a computer or mobile device is not available to you, suggested locations to complete an online application submittal include: the City of Reno City Hall 2nd floor computer kiosk or 5th floor Civil Service Offices, any locations of Nevada Job Connect or any local library or educational facility.

If you are having difficulty logging into your profile, please call the applicant support line at 855-524-5627.

Examination Process:
Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications and pass the examination for this position to be eligible for hire. The examination will consist of a Training and Experience evaluation (T&E) weighted at 100%.

Training and Experience Evaluation (T&E) Details:
The T&E examination consists of a Supplemental Questionnaire. The questions may be viewed online under the tab marked "QUESTIONS" on the job announcement page. The
T&E must be submitted online at the time of application.

  • Responses to your T&E questions should be consistent with the information given in your application details. Answers are subject to verification.
  • Failure to complete all of the questions or incomplete responses will result in a lower score; therefore, it is advantageous for you to provide a full and complete response to each supplemental question.
  • In order to receive credit for education or training, you must attach copies of your transcripts, diploma, or relevant certificates to your online application.
  • Resumes or questionnaires uploaded as attachments to the application will not be accepted in lieu of completing each question online.
  • "See Resume" or "See above," etc., are not qualifying responses and will not be considered.
  • Changes or corrections to your responses cannot be made once your application packet has been submitted.
  • TIP: It may be more efficient to develop your responses in a word processing document and then paste them into the online questionnaire to be submitted.
Applicants are notified by email of their examination results. Applicants who do not meet the minimum qualifications will also be notified.

Testing Accommodation:
If you wish to identify yourself as an individual with a disability and will be requesting an accommodation, that request must be made to the Chief Examiner no later than the closing date of this announcement.

Appointment and Certification:
Appointments to positions in the City's Civil Service system are made on the basis of examination. Scores resulting from a competitive examination are used in determining a person's rank on an eligible register. The department may hire any of the persons referred. The names of those persons not hired may be considered when the next vacancy occurs, for as long as that register is viable .

Questions and Updates:
Questions about the information on this announcement and updates to application information should be directed to Civil Service at (775) 334-2223 or [email protected].

The City of Reno is an equal opportunity employer. Recruitment, hiring, assignment, training, compensation, promotion, retention, and disciplinary decisions will be made without regard to race, color, religion, creed, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, political affiliation, membership in an employee association, or any other protected class status applicable under federal or state law or City Charter.

Please use this Health and Welfare Benefit Link to learn more about the City of Reno's great employee benefit plans and wellness programs.

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