City of Ames Fire Inspector in Ames, Iowa
Sun. 07/02/17 5:00 PM Central Time
515 Clark Avenue, Ames, IA, 50010, Iowa
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Under Administrative direction; plans and directs the Fire Department's fire prevention, inspection, and investigation programs; performs related work as required.
The City of Ames is conducting a recruitment to establish a Civil Service eligibility list for this classification. The list will be valid for up to one year from the date of certification by the Ames Civil Service Commission and may be used to fill one or more vacancies in this classification. In addition, City of Ames Civil Service employees who have previously held Civil Service status in this classification and are interested in voluntarily demoting or laterally transferring into the current vacancy must submit their application by the deadline.
Preference may be given to applicants possessing qualifications above the minimum.
The City of Ames' Fire Department is currently conducting a recruitment to establish a Civil Service eligibility list for this classification. The list will be valid for up to one year from the date of certification by the Ames Civil Service Commission and may be used to fill one or more vacancies in this classification. In addition, City of Ames Civil Service employees who have previously held Civil Service status in this classification and are interested in voluntarily demoting or laterally transferring into the current vacancy must submit their application by the deadline indicated.
Examples of Essential Job Functions:
Examples of Essential Job Functions: Organizes and assists in all fire prevention activities; consults and works with the Fire Chief to interpret and apply pertinent laws, codes and regulations; evaluates and improves inspection and investigation methods, policies, procedures and reporting systems; recommends variances to Fire Chief in special cases; reports to callback requests as needed to Command Staff roles as assigned; coordinates activities with state and local agencies; leads and coordinates the work of those responsible for fire prevention outreach efforts, pre-plans, and fire investigations; supervises firefighters and/or inspectors responsible for performing inspections; drives vehicles to and from inspection sites, participates in complex inspection cases including inspections of churches, schools, hotels, theaters, institutions, nursing homes, lodge halls, public meeting places and other structures; reviews plans for fire prevention activities and devices to ensure compliance with codes and regulations; participates in the City's Development Review Committee (DRC); conducts fire prevention and safety programs; supervises, facilitates, and directs various teams which may include fire investigation, pre-plan, and fire prevention; responds to public inquiries concerning fire prevention; provides fire prevention and safety presentations for clubs, societies, schools and other organizations; maintains records and reports; actively participates in professional development activities including college courses, seminars, lectures, demonstrations, and in-house training.
Each employee is expected to continually strive to bring shared values to life through our Excellence Through People organizational culture. ETP values include: committing to continuous improvement, inspiring creativity and innovation, being customer driven, making data-driven decisions, championing employee involvement, striving for excellence, having fiscal stewardship, acting with honesty and integrity, exhibiting leadership, choosing a positive attitude, respecting one another, promoting safety and wellness, and cultivating teamwork. For leaders, this includes creating a work culture that brings these values to life. For all employees, this includes maintaining a Total City Perspective. The purpose of ETP is to deliver exceptional services to the public at the best price, and for employees to experience an enjoyable and stimulating work environment.
Other Job Functions: Gathers and preserves evidence, interviews witnesses and others, and presents testimony in court in arson investigations; assists in writing and updating operating guidelines covering all aspects of hazardous materials response activities to comply with mandated laws, requirements, and guidelines.
Equipment Essential to the Job: Inspection vehicle, flashlight, tape measure, phone, inspection filing system, inspection records management system, fire department records management system, protective clothing and equipment, fire preplans, water distribution maps, incident reports, fire union contract, fire department rules and regulations, mobile radio, mobile phone, uniform codes, firefighting and hazardous materials journals, MSDS and DOT reference guides, Municipal Code, OSHA regulations, and other inspection texts.
Other Equipment Used on the Job: Audiovisual equipment, desktop/labtop/tablet computer.
Required Physical Activities: Climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, finger dexterity, grasping, feeling, talking, and hearing.
Physical Characteristics of Work: Light work requiring exertion of up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to ten pounds of force frequently, and/or negligible amount of force constantly to move objects. The use of arm and/or leg controls required exertion of forces greater than those for sedentary work. The worker sits most of the time. The job is rated for light work.
Vision Requirements: The minimum standard for this job are those whose work deals largely with preparing and analyzing data and figures, accounting, transcription, computer terminal, extensive reading, visual inspection involving small defects, small parts, operation of machines (including inspection), using measurement devices, and includes distances from within arm's reach to more than 20 feet away.
Environmental Conditions: The work is performed inside or outside and includes being exposed to noise, vibration, mechanical hazards, electrical hazards, atmospheric conditions that affect the respiratory system, and oils.
Education and Experience: An associate's degree or higher from one of the six regional accrediting agencies recognized by the Council of Higher Education Accreditation; and 5 years of experience as a Firefighter or higher rank. Preference will be given to individuals with project management experience, including applicants who are able to substantiate five years of documented leadership, coordination, or management of teams or workgroups.
Licenses and Certificates: Valid driver's license required. Firefighter I, Firefighter II, and Fire Service Inspector I certifications.
The following certification(s) will be required within 12 months of employment: Plans Examiner and Fire Investigator.
Knowledge Skills and Abilities Necessary to Perform Essential Functions: Comprehensive knowledge of modern principles and techniques of fire prevention, various types of fire hazards, and methods of eliminating hazardous conditions; considerable knowledge of modern firefighting and rescue principles, practices, techniques and procedures including the operation and maintenance requirements of various types of fire protection systems and equipment; considerable knowledge of departmental rules and regulations; considerable knowledge of mechanical, chemical, and related characteristics of hazardous materials; comprehensive knowledge of fire investigation methods and techniques; considerable knowledge of federal, state and local fire prevention laws, codes and regulations.
Skill in the application of modern fire prevention and suppression techniques; skill in the application of administrative and management methods and procedures to departmental activities.
Considerable ability to train, organize, and supervise the work of subordinates engaged in fire prevention, inspection and investigation work; considerable ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with property owners, officials, employees from other departments and divisions, and the public; considerable ability to enforce regulations firmly, tactfully and impartially; ability to express ideas clearly, both verbally and in writing; ability to operate vehicles.
The selection process consists of an evaluation of education and experience, written exam, on-site interviews, and completion of a criminal background check, which includes a sex offender registry check. All candidates will be notified by email of their application status. Candidates must successfully complete each component to be invited to participate in subsequent components of the selection process.
The City of Ames participates in E-Verify and will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with information from each applicant's Form I-9 to confirm work authorization. All candidates who are offered a position with the City of Ames must complete Section 1 of Form I-9 along with the required proof of their right to work in the United States and proof of their identity prior to starting employment. Please be prepared to provide required documents as soon as possible after the job offer has been made. For additional information regarding acceptable documents for this purpose, please contact Human Resources at 515-239-5199 or go to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services web page at: http://www.uscis.gov.
Residency Requirement: This position is part of the Local 625 chapter of the International Association of Firefighters union. Within twelve months of employment, must live within an area bordered by: County Road S-27 on the east, Story and Boone County lines on the north and south, and State Highway 17 on the west. Communities intersected by the borderlines will be considered within the area.