Fire Inspector (Part-Time)

Position Opens: February 04, 2020                  

Position will be open until filled

First review: February 20, 2020

 Clark County Fire & Rescue (CCF&R) is seeking a motivated professional to serve as a part-time Fire Inspector.  CCF&R is located in Clark County, Washington and covers 125 square miles including the cities of La Center, Ridgefield, and Woodland in Cowlitz County, as well as several rural areas of Clark County.

Position Title:                      Fire Inspector

Reports to:                           Fire Marshal / Division Chief

Position Status:                  Hourly, At-Will

Salary:                                   $30/hour


  1. The Fire Inspector works under administrative direction of the Fire Marshal, to perform and coordinate assigned community risk reduction activities within Clark County Fire & Rescue (“District”); to coordinate assigned activities with other Divisions of the District, municipalities, and outside agencies; and to provide expertise and direction for community risk reduction services in support of the Mission of the District.
  2. This is a confidential position and is excluded from the bargaining unit. This position will normally work a flexible 20-30-hours / week schedule to fit the needs of the District, typically during normal business


The position is responsible to exercise independent judgment, and act in the best interest of the Fire District. The Fire Inspector is responsible to support other District personnel as necessary.  This position requires a minimum of supervision and is answerable for enforcing rules, regulations and all policies as established by the District. The position may require weekend duty as well as recall for certain emergencies and fire investigations.


 Inspects premises of new and existing commercial occupancies and conducts fire and life safety surveys for compliance with county, state and federal laws, codes, ordinances and regulations

  • Interprets codes and regulations for district personnel and members of the public
  • Inspects and approves fire extinguishing, protection, signaling and special systems to insure operability and compliance with approved plans and standards
  • Assists with the review and approval of plans for new building construction, fire protection systems, hazardous process systems, and land use for compliance with codes, regulations, ordinances, and pertinent rules.
  • May Assist with the investigation of fires and pertinent follow-up to determine origin and cause (depending on qualifications)
  • Participates in the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies and procedures related to community risk reduction services
  • Monitors and evaluates the efficiency and effectiveness of community risk reduction service delivery methods and procedures, including recommending appropriate changes to service, equipment, and systems
  • Assists in the training and education of department personnel and members of the public in areas of expertise
  • Prepares and distributes detailed reports on work performed using a variety of methods and programs
  • Maintains positive relationships and presents a courteous and helpful attitude and demeanor with dealing with the public, co-workers, and other agencies.
  • Plans and coordinates District community risk reduction activities with municipalities, other divisions, agencies, and jurisdictions; participates in community risk reduction related regional and county committees and training events as directed; attends and participates in professional group and elected board and council meetings
  • Maintains knowledge of fire protection methods, industry best practice, building safety, codes, regulations, ordinances, and related knowledge
  • Responds to appropriate emergency scenes and major incidents as needed, within the scope of assigned role
  • Performs other duties as assigned
  • Must have the ability to communicate clearly and effectively in writing, verbally, and within all communication systems of the District.
  • Must exhibit good moral character, temperate personal habits, and show evidence of an industrious work ethic
  • Other related work and duties as assigned by the Fire Marshal


The Fire Inspector works with, but under the general supervision of the Fire Marshal, who evaluates work for conformance to departmental policy and effectiveness.



  • Must have an Associate’s or Bachelor’s Degree in Fire Science, Safety, Building Construction, Engineering, Engineering Technology, or a related field, from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Must be a legal resident of the United States.
  • Must be at least 18 years of age or older.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license.
  • Must meet knowledge, health, and physical qualifications established by the District.
  • Must be capable of reading, speaking, and writing the English language
  • Must have basic knowledge of fire codes; common fire detection, alarm, and suppression systems; chemistry and dynamics of fire; and building construction.
  • Must pass a background investigation, psychological evaluation, and management evaluation.
  • Must pass a pre-employment physical exam and drug screen.
  • Must have a working knowledge of clerical filing systems and basic computer skills, including the use of the Microsoft Office Suite.


  • Experience in an emergency response and firefighting
  • Knowledge of and familiarity working with the Fire and Emergency Services
  • ICC Fire Inspector Certification
  • ICC Fire Plans Examiner Certification
  • NFPA Fire Inspector Course Completion / IFSAC Certification
  • Fire Code, Inspection, and Plans Review related training or education
  • Certification in Fire Investigation from National Association of Fire Investigators, International Association of Arson Investigators, or International Fire Service Accreditation Congress

Note: CCF&R reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to determine whether the combination of education and experience are commensurate with the requirements of the position.


The environmental characteristics described here are representative of those a Fire Inspector encounters while performing the essential functions of the job.                                       

Work is performed in an office, station, or other business/community structure; construction sites; in vehicles or outdoor settings; in varying weather conditions; during the day and sometimes at night.

Work may be performed in emergency and stressful situations.  The individual could be exposed to hearing alarms and hazards associated with testing building systems, fighting fires and rendering assistance, including smoke, noxious odors, fumes, vapors, gases, solid chemicals, liquid chemicals, solvents, and oils.

The Fire Inspector occasionally works near moving mechanical parts and in high, precarious places and is exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, fumes, airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, risk of electrical shock, and vibration.

The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by a member to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

Emergency activities may expose the Fire Inspector to hazardous conditions, materials, or health risks during fire suppression, hazardous material incidents, or in caring for the sick and injured.

Constant demands include sitting, talking, hearing, seeing, and a negligible amount of force to move objects. The position will frequently stand, walk, stoop, kneel, reach, lift, grasp, perform repetitive hand, arm, and finger motion, exert up to 10 lbs. of force, and use hand-eye coordination to operate vehicles, computers, office equipment, medical equipment, and handle medical supplies.

The employee may regularly lift and/or move up to 40 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 170 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

The employee must regularly wear personal protective equipment appropriate for construction sites and emergency scenes.

The statements contained herein reflect general details as necessary to describe the functions of this position, the level of knowledge and skill typically required and the scope of responsibility, but should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of services. Individuals may perform other duties as assigned, including work in other functional areas to cover absences or relief, to equalize workloads, or otherwise to balance workload.


If you are interested in pursuing this exciting career opportunity, please submit the following required items:

  1. CCF&R Employment Application
  2. Confidential Disclosure (signed and notarized)
  3. Cover letter that explains your interest in the position and summarizes your experience and education
  4. Written (typed) response to the required Supplemental Questions
  5. Résumé
  6. Copy of educational transcripts
  7. Copy of applicable certifications

Application materials are available online at, beginning January 17, 2020. Application questions may be directed to Christi Linn at (360) 887-4609 or

The District will accept application packets at Clark County Fire & Rescue, 911 N 65th Ave, Ridgefield, WA 98642 or electronically submitted to: until 4:00 p.m., February 14, 20120.  Applications received after this date/time may not be accepted.  Postmarks will not be accepted.


After application review, the top qualified candidates will be invited to participate in an interview and/or qualification assessment center.

The top candidate(s) recommended from the interview will be invited to a Chiefs’ Interview within the following week.

Please note that the above referenced timelines are estimates only and may be adjusted depending on the needs of the District.

Note:    In accordance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, employment of people hired by the District after November 6, 1986 will be contingent upon presentation of acceptable documents verifying identity and authorization for employment in the United States.

***  Clark County Fire & Rescue values diversity in its workplace and community.  Minority and female candidates are invited and encouraged to apply.  Clark County Fire & Rescue is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, age, marital status, national origin, creed, sexual orientation, or disability, unless based upon a bona fide occupational qualification.

Supplemental Questions:

(Limit Responses to No More Than 1 Page Per Question)


  1. Why do you want to work for Clark County Fire & Rescue?
  2. Describe your interest in or passion for community risk reduction and steps you have taken to prepare for this position?

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