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Fire Inspector/Fire Investigator

City of Odessa
Odessa, TX
  • Posted: over a month ago
  • Full-Time
Job Description

Department: Fire Reports to: Fire Marshal

For more information, please visit Fire Marshal's website: Fire Marshal's Office | Odessa, TX (

Special Note: Selected candidate must between the ages of 21-35 years of age, not having met their 36th birthday at the time of appointment. Candidate MUST become a member of the Odessa Firefighters Relief and Retirement Fund.

Between the ages of 21 (Per Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Requirement) and 35 with prior TMRS, will have the availability to choose between the Odessa Firefighters Relief and Retirement Fund or TMRS.

If over 35, candidate must become a member of Texas Municipal Retirement System

Summary: Performs fire prevention, fire investigation, and public relations duties on an assigned basis. Inspects commercial, public and multi-family residential occupancies in an assigned area to promote fire and life safety and to enforce applicable local, state and federal rules, codes and ordinances. Conducts fire safety presentations. Investigates all fires that produce property loss, injury or death, or as assigned. Must maintain telephone contact. Conducts inspections on a timely basis as defined in the fire code. Conducts fire investigations and public education presentations on an assigned basis.

Essential Functions: -- Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include any of the following representative duties, knowledge, and skills. This is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and duties performed by incumbents of this class; employees may be assigned duties which are not listed below; reasonable accommodations will be made as required. The job description does not constitute an employment agreement and is subject to change at any time by the employer. Essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Inspects public, commercial, industrial and residential buildings to detect fire hazards and enforce local ordinances and state laws.
  • Examines interiors and exteriors of buildings to detect hazardous conditions or violations of fire ordinances and laws.
  • Prepares reports of violations or unsafe conditions.
  • Discusses conditions with owner or manager and recommends safe methods of storing flammable or other hazardous materials.
  • Informs owners or managers of conditions requiring corrections.
  • Issues summons for fire hazards not corrected or subsequent inspections and enforces code when owner refuses to cooperate.
  • Keeps file of inspection records.
  • Investigates fires to determine cause and develops a detail report to record findings; investigates and assists in prosecution of arsonists. Investigates all fires with structural damage, injuries/death, or as assigned.
  • Conducts plans review for new construction.
  • Conducts fire prevention classes to the various ages of children, adults, and senior citizens. Assists individual groups and organizations in establishing fire safety programs.
  • Conducts certificates of occupancy inspections with members of the Building Department.
  • Works off-duty hours to ensure full compliance with local laws and ordinances that can not be performed during normal business hours. These off-duty hours are on a rotating basis and usually have a positive outcome.
  • Handles arson cases from investigation stage through judicial process.
  • Ensures code compliance with existing fire suppression systems, fire alarm systems, fire sprinkler systems, and similar devices, and conducts acceptance testing on all new installations.
  • Participates in all phases of E.O.C.
  • Performs video and photography duties as assigned.
  • Assists with special programs such as Child Safety Seat, smoke detectors, and other safety issues.
  • Supports the departmental operations with regular and timely attendance.
  • Supports the relationship between the City of Odessa and the general public by demonstrating courteous and cooperative behavior when interacting with visitors and City staff; maintains confidentiality of work-related issues and City information; performs other duties as required or assigned.
  • Subject to 24-hour on-call status.

Minimum Qualifications:

Education, Training and Experience Guidelines:

  • Minimum high school diploma or GED required. An Associate's Degree preferred but not required.
  • Be at least 21 years of age (Per Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Requirement).
  • Minimum of 1 year experience working directly with the public.

Knowledge of:

  • Must have Computer knowledge.
  • Must have the ability to prepare detail reports; communicate orally and in writing.
  • Preferred knowledge of fire prevention codes.
  • Preferred knowledge of Fire Investigations.
  • Preferred knowledge of interview and interrogation techniques.
  • Preferred knowledge of criminal investigation and prosecution.
  • Preferred knowledge of Fire Science.
  • Preferred knowledge of and experience with public speaking.
  • Preferred knowledge of Evidence process and chain of custody standards.
  • Preferred knowledge of local building ordinances.

License and certification requirements: Must possess a Texas Driver's License with a good driving record. Must achieve Fire Inspector's Certification, Plan's Examiner Certification and Fire and Arson Investigation Certification within one year of date of employment, and Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Basic Peace Officer Certification within two years. Preferred Texas Commission on Fire Protection Basic Fire Inspector certification. Preferred Texas Commission on Fire Protection Basic Fire Investigator. Preferred Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education (TCOLE) Basic Peace Officer certification.

For more information on requirements, please visit the following websites:

TCFP Curriculum: Certificate | Texas Commission on Fire Protection

TCFP Testing Guidelines: Testing Procedures Booklet (

Background Standards: Texas Administrative Code (

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City of Odessa


Odessa, TX
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