Santa Clara County Fire Department

  • Deputy Fire Marshal II

    Job Location US-CA
    Job ID
    Code Enforcement
    Regular Full-Time
    Step 1
    USD $10,265.58/Mo.
    Step 5
    USD $12,477.87/Mo.
    FLSA Status

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    Deputy Fire Marshal II


    Submission Deadline:  Noon on Monday, July 2, 2018




    The Deputy Fire Marshal II classification performs complex to difficult technical fire prevention inspections to ensure compliance with current laws, ordinances and regulations under the jurisdiction of the Department. Incumbents at this level are required to be well versed in fire prevention techniques and have specialized knowledge of fire safety laws, codes and ordinances. Positions in this classification may provide limited work direction to the Deputy Fire Marshal Trainee and Deputy Fire Marshal I classifications as a lead, and may work out of class in the capacity of a Senior Deputy Fire Marshal. 


    The Deputy Fire Marshal II is distinguished from the lower classification of Deputy Fire Marshal I in that the latter is an entry-level position performing basic fire prevention inspections. The classification is also distinguished from the higher classification of Senior Deputy Fire Marshal in that the latter is a supervisory position. The classifications of Deputy Fire Marshal Trainee, Deputy Fire Marshal I and Deputy Fire Marshal II are alternately staffed positions.




    Appointment for the Deputy Fire Marshal II is generally made at the first step of the range. Retirement benefits will conform to the California Public Employees’ Retirement System. Currently, classic miscellaneous employees pay 8% employee contribution, which is tax-deferred. Public Employee Pension Retirement Act (PEPRA) employees pay 6.5% of employee contribution, which is tax deferred.


    Current benefits include:  Department paid medical and dental premiums; paid life insurance of $40,000; vision plan; education reimbursement plan; direct deposit plan; personal leave; sick leave; vacation; 13 holidays per year; 9/80 Alternate Work Schedule upon request; voluntary deferred compensation plan; and credit union service. 


    Please click here to view a summary of our benefits.


    This classification is a Fair Labor Standards Act non-exempt, represented position in the Classified Service.


    This classification is represented by International Association of Fire Fighters Local 1165.




    Please refer to the Deputy Fire Marshal II specification located at for more information.


    Depending upon assignment, duties may include but are not limited to the following:

    • Inspect buildings and other structures for compliance with fire laws, ordinances and regulations concerning design, construction and the installation of fire protection equipment.
    • Investigate fire hazard complaints; prepare reports and notices of deficiencies directed to owners.
    • Ensure compliance with fire safety standards in the construction, operation, and maintenance of commercial and industrial establishments and in the storage and handling of hazardous materials such as compressed gases, flammable liquids, oxidizers, toxic and corrosives.
    • Inspect and make fire safety recommendations for schools, hospitals, residential care facilities and other institutions; conduct various fire and life safety inspections and ensure compliance with all applicable codes and regulations for places of public assembly.
    • Coordinate with other local and state agencies, as needed, regarding inspection, plan review, investigation, compliance and regulatory consistency.
    • Conduct fire safety inspections of weekend fairs or festivals, public fireworks displays and/or special events.
    • Assist Department personnel in the interpretation of state and local laws and regulations relating to fire prevention.
    • Review plans and specifications on proposed buildings and subdivision development for adherence to fire and safety laws and codes; confer with architects, engineers, and contractors, offering recommendations on laws and regulations covering fire and panic safety in the design and construction of buildings.
    • May act as a lead to the classifications of Deputy Fire Marshal Trainee and Deputy Fire Marshal I.
    • Attend training sessions and conferences.
    • Provide technical assistance and direction to other Department personnel as assigned.
    • Maintain records and prepares reports.
    • May have the opportunity to participate in the on-call Fire Investigation Program.
    • May be assigned duties in other Department programs at the discretion of the Deputy Chief of Fire Prevention and/or the Fire Chief.
    • May perform other duties as assigned.



    Education and Experience

    An associate’s degree in fire science/technology, building design, construction or a closely related field, plus three years of increasingly responsible experience performing fire prevention related work, plan review, construction, and/or building inspection. Applicable work experience beyond the required years of experience can be substituted for required education on a year to year basis.


    As a condition of employment, an incumbent who does not hold the California State Fire Marshal (CSFM) Fire Inspector I certification (Fire Inspector 1A, 1B, 1C, and 1D) and International Code Council (ICC) Fire Inspector I certification will be required to do so within one year of employment, or as soon as the classes become available. If the incumbent has completed the CSFM Fire Prevention Officer certification (Fire Prevention 1A, 1B, and 1C), it will be accepted in lieu of the CSFM Fire Inspector I certification. However, the ICC Fire Inspector I certification will still be required.


    Highly Desirable

    A bachelor’s degree in fire science/technology, building design or a closely related field. Plan review capabilities in one or more of the following areas: architectural, automatic sprinklers, fire alarms, and/or water and access. CSFM Fire Investigator certification or CSFM Fire Investigation 1A, 1B and California Penal Code Section 832.


    Knowledge and Abilities


    Knowledge Of:

    • Principles, practices, and techniques of modern fire prevention.
    • Applicable local and state regulations.
    • Written communication principles in order to prepare clear and concise documents.
    • Department rules and operational procedures.

    Ability To:

    • Accurately interpret laws, ordinances, and regulations relating to fire prevention.
    • Identify fire hazards and determine corrective action.
    • Effectively and professionally communicate fire prevention techniques to the public.
    • Understand and carry out verbal and written directions.
    • Prepare clear and concise reports and speak and write effectively.
    • Maintain accurate records.
    • Establish and maintain effective and professional working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
    • Maintain a calm and professional demeanor in a confrontational or difficult situation.
    • Work irregular or protracted hours and to respond promptly to callbacks.

    Working Conditions/Physical Demands: Work is performed both in an office setting and in the field. There may be exposure to noise, dust, flammable, and combustible materials. Work involves physical exertion, including standing, stooping, reaching, lifting, crawling and climbing. Manual dexterity; clear, understandable speech; and visual and hearing acuity are also required.


    Required License: Possession of a valid State of California driver’s license.


    Employment Condition: Must be flexible in work assignments. Assignment location, program assignments, assignment to a specialized function may occur and/or be subject to change based on the needs of the division.


    Pre-Employment Requirements: The candidate must pass a background check, Live Scan fingerprint, psychological evaluation and complete a medical examination.



    Interested applicants must apply for the position online by clicking on the "Apply for this job online" button.  If you have not previously done so, you will need to complete an applicant profile. As part of the submittal, you are required to upload your résumé where indicated. Proof of education will need to be uploaded where it asks for "Additional Documents." Please complete the supplemental questions where prompted to do so. The submission must be completed by the stated deadline.


    Submission deadline: Noon on Monday, July 2, 2018. Incomplete or late submittals will not be accepted or considered.


    Based upon a review of the application packets, the most qualified candidates will be invited to participate in the selection process. The selection process will include a written examination and oral board interview. The written examination is tentatively scheduled to take place on Thursday, July 26, 2018. The oral board interview is tentatively scheduled to take place on Wednesday & Thursday, August 15 & 16, 2018. Final interviews are tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, September 5, 2018.


    For additional information regarding the position of Deputy Fire Marshal II or the application and selection process outlined herein, please contact Debbie Kelleher, Management Analyst, Personnel Services at (408) 341-4460.


    The information contained within this announcement may be modified or revoked without notice and

    does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract.


    The Department is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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