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9 Jun 2022

Fire Full Time, Deputy Fire Marshal

Town of Darien – Posted by Kayla Rochon Darien, Connecticut, United States

Job Description

The Town of Darien is Hiring for the position of a Full Time Deputy Fire Marshal. Serves as a Deputy Fire Marshal, accountable for performing technical inspections and
investigations relating to life safety and protection of property. Works under the general supervision of the Fire Marshal and Assistant Fire Marshal exercising considerable judgment in applying pertinent fire codes. Assists in the supervision of part-time staff and clerical staff.

Examples of Essential Duties:

  • Inspects the construction and/or alteration of facilities subject to the Fire Safety and Prevention Codes, Connecticut General Statutes, and other related codes and standards to ascertain code compliance;
  • Conducts inspections of buildings for compliance with the CT Fire Safety Code, CT Fire Prevention Code, CT General Statutes, Town Ordinances, and other referenced codes and standards;
  • Conducts review of plans and specifications for various occupancies and facilities being proposed or renovated within the Town for compliance with the applicable Connecticut Fire codes, Regulations, Statutes and advises on access and egress needs for emergency vehicles;
  • Provides local code enforcement officials, architects, engineers, other design professionals and construction industry representatives with technical assistance in the proper application of code and problem resolution in the design, construction, alteration or renovation of buildings including the testing of engineered systems;
  • Reviews, analyzes and prepares written recommendations as to the acceptability of requests for modification of the CT Fire Safety Code and other related codes and standards;
  • Conducts technical on-site inspections and evaluations regarding complex code issues;
  • Conducts inspections of fireworks events for compliance;
  • Conducts inspections of blasting sites for compliance;
  • May issue permits for blasting;
  • Determines the appropriateness of building materials and system components based upon code interpretations;
  • Prepares technical reports;
  • May testify at administrative hearings or in state and federal courts of law;
  • Inspect fuel tank replacements and monitors compliance with replacement requirements;
  • Inspects the construction and/or alteration of facilities subject to the Fire Safety Code, to ascertain code compliance;
  • Performs fire investigations to determine the origin and cause;
  • Performs investigations of hazardous material spills in conjunction with the Department of Energy & Environmental Protection;
  • Plans, organizes and carries out programs of public fire education to schools, organizations and the general public;
  • Performs duties of the Fire Marshal or Assistant Fire Marshal in their absence;
  • Plans, organizes and implements a program of fire prevention and fire safety as described by law in Chapter 541 of the Connecticut General Statutes, Connecticut Fire Safety Code and Town Ordinances;
  • Represents the Town in matters relating to joining in broader emergency issues such as national disasters; and
  • Performs related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Graduation from high school or certification of having passed the General Educational Development (GED) certification examination;
  • Five (5) years of experience in fire code compliance plan review and inspection of buildings. College training in architecture, mechanical or civil engineering or related courses in fire technology, fire and life safety systems design or a related discipline may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equaling one-half (1/2) year of experience to a maximum of four (4) years for a Bachelor’s degree;
  • Certification in FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute’s (EMI) IS100, IS200, IS700, and IS800;
  • Incumbents in this class are required by the Town to possess and retain appropriate current licenses, permits and/or certifications including certification by the State Fire Marshal as a Fire Marshal, Deputy Fire Marshal or Fire Inspector OR to successfully complete the first program offered after appointment;
  • Incumbents in this class will be required to complete ninety (90) hours of job related continuing education every three (3) years in accordance with Section 29-298(a) of the Connecticut General Statutes;
  • Incumbents in this class may be required to travel;
  • Incumbents in this class are required to possess and retain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator’s license; and
  • Incumbents in this class must be available after hours, weekends, and holidays for investigations.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Considerable knowledge of and ability to interpret and apply building construction standards, fire and life safety codes, adopted referenced national standards, standard tests for construction materials and fire rating and applicable state and federal statutes;
  • Knowledge of and ability to review complex architectural and engineering plans and specifications for large scale building projects including engineered fire and life safety protection systems and concepts;
  • Knowledge of basic engineering and architectural principles, practices and methods of building design and construction;
  • Considerable knowledge of Chapter 541 of the Connecticut General Statutes, Connecticut Fire Safety
  • Code, other codes, laws, ordinances and regulations federal regulations relating to fire prevention and safety and emergency management;
  • Considerable knowledge of inspection practices;
  • Considerable knowledge of modern fire investigatory practices;
  • Considerable knowledge of modern fire prevention and fire safety methods and techniques;
  • Considerable knowledge of statutes, laws, codes, ordinances and department regulations pertaining to fire prevention and fire safety and emergency management;
  • Knowledge of building materials and equipment;
  • Considerable knowledge of fire suppression and investigation methods;
  • Considerable oral and written communication skills; interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to recognize existing and potential fire and casualty hazards in a wide variety of structures and installations.;
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees, volunteer fire departments, state and federal agencies and the general public;
  • Ability to enforce rules and regulations firmly, tactfully, and impartially;
  • Ability to express information clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing;
  • Ability to organize and participate in public safety education;
  • Ability to prepare and present technical material for training programs or public speaking engagements;
  • Ability to use computer software for MS Office, as well as specialized permitting and fire reporting and inspection software;
  •  Knowledge of the Incident Command System (ICS) and the National Incident Management System (NIMS);
  • Ability to work collaboratively in group settings and while under stress;
  •  Ability to analyze and solve complex problems;
  • Critical thinking, decision making, interpersonal, and leadership skills;
  • Ability to maintain proactive relationships with agency heads, department heads, and other voluntary groups active in emergency response and recovery operations; and
  •  Ability to set priorities.

How to Apply

Applications may be emailed to kdunn@darienct.gov (Reference “Deputy Fire Marshal” in the subject line and submit attachments in Word or PDF format) or mailed to Ms. Karen Dunn, Human Resources Department, Town of Darien, 2 Renshaw Road, Darien, CT 06820. Please submit the following three (3) documents:

  1. Cover Letter;

  2. Typed Town of Darien Employment Application (availablewww.darienct.gov, HR Dept. page); and

  3. Resume.

Job Categories: Full-Time. Job Types: Fire. Salaries: 80,000 - 100,000.


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