Fire Inspector I

Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District   Rancho Cordova, CA   Full-time     Construction / Physical Labor / Skilled Trades
Posted on March 23, 2024
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Fire Inspector I

Salary: $74,868.24 - $90,740.52 Annually


Retirement - CalPERS Safety retirement: Classic employee 3% @ 50, PEPRA employee 2.7% @ 57

Health Benefits - CalPERS health insurance offering variety of HMO's and PPO's. District contributes 92% of the health plan premium and the employee is responsible for the remaining 8% of the premium for the whole family up to $2,724.16 per month. Dental and vision insurance are also paid by the District.

Life Insurance - $20,000 for the first probationary year and $100,000 thereafter.

Paid Time Off -  12 hours/month
Sick Leave -  17.22 hours/month
Paid Holiday Leave -  12 designated holidays per year

Education Incentive -  Up to 10.5% max
Longevity - 2% of base pay starting at 10 years of service

Job Summary

Under general supervision of a Supervising Fire Inspector, performs fire and life safety inspections in new and existing occupancies. Upon completion of a comprehensive training program, incumbents will interpret and enforce federal, state and local regulations as they apply to mandated inspections, operational fire code permits, general business inspections, weed abatement, fireworks, special event permits, complaints related to fire and life safety, may assist/perform origin and cause fire investigations, provides technical consultation, assistance and collaboration to industries and other governmental agencies; is subject to call back and can work weekends or irregular work hours during the day or evening; performs other duties as required.

Examples of Duties / Knowledge & Skills

This job description is intended to convey information essential to understanding the scope of the position; it is not intended to be an exhaustive list of skills, efforts, duties, responsibilities or working conditions associated with the position.

Regular and reliable attendance is a requirement of the job.

1. Inspects various occupancy types to determine and enforce compliance with local and state fire and life safety codes.

2. Issues permits, and assigns fees; interprets policies, procedures, and documents relating to types of chemicals; determines if Hazardous Materials Management plan is required; reviews, evaluates and processes Hazardous Materials Management plans.

3. Collects, analyzes, and evaluates data and prepares comprehensive reports.

4. Interprets various local, state, and national fire and life safety codes for the public and makes recommendations.
5. Writes reports based on field notes; issues Notices of Violation and citations for code violations; prepares materials necessary for litigation.

6. Trains, advises, and assists district personnel on fire inspections, fire prevention practices and procedures, and Hazardous Materials Management Plans.

7. Investigates fire and life safety complaints received from the public and takes appropriate action.

8. Participates in public information/education activities.

9. Investigates the origin & cause of fire; preserves evidence; cooperates with local, state and federal agencies in detection, apprehension, and prosecution of arsonists.
10. Works with state and local governmental agencies for compliance and enforcement of fire codes and standards.

11. Enforces laws and regulations pertaining to weed abatement.
12. Enforces laws and regulations pertaining to fireworks.

13. Other related duties as assigned by supervisor. 

Minimum Qualifications & Requirements

Offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a background check and a physical to include a drug screen.

The education or experience requirements may be modified or waived at the sole discretion of the Fire Chief.  At least one of the education or experience requirements must be met; both requirements cannot be modified or waived.  The Sacramento Metro Fire District Board of Directors shall be notified of any such modifications or waivers. 


Must be at least eighteen (18) years of age.

Education and Experience 

Education must be obtained through a post secondary institution currently accredited by any accreditation body recognized by either the Counsel for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) or the United States Department of Education.


1. Possess a high school diploma or equivalent GED certificate.

2. Completed a minimum of fifteen (15) college units in Fire Science or Fire Technology.

In order to confirm this requirement, candidates must include as an attachment an unofficial transcript which shows the completion of at least fifteen (15) college units in Fire Science or Fire Technology. Candidates who do not provide this information will be unable to move forward in the process.

3. Possess or be able to obtain Penal Code 832 Certificate within twelve (12) months of hire date as a condition of employment.

4. Successful completion of the Fire Inspector I Task Book is required by the end of the 12 month probationary period.


1. Bilingual ability.   

2. An Associate degree from an accredited college.

3. Hold current International Code Council (ICC) certificates as Inspector I, Inspector II and/or Plans Examiner.

4. Completion of California State Fire Training (SFT) courses for Fire Inspector 1, Fire Inspector 2 and/or Plan Examiner.

5. Completion of SFT Fire Investigation 1A, 1B and/or 1C.

Supplemental information


Maintain physical ability and stamina to meet position tasks and responsibilities.  Physical abilities must commensurate with the essential functions of the position. Reasonable accommodation can be made to enable people with disabilities to perform the described essential functions of the position.

No person shall pose a threat to themselves or to the health and safety of other individuals in the work place, or to the public they serve.

Possession of and ability to maintain a current valid California Driver's License, Class C, is a condition of employment.