CITY OF OVERLAND PARK - POSITION DESCRIPTION
JOB SUMMARY STATEMENT: Conducts fire safety inspections on new and existing commercial structures for the purpose of obtaining compliance with City adopted codes and ordinances related to fire and building safety. This position entails applying the technical provisions found in the fire and building codes and associated standards, as well as other applicable ordinances related to fire and building life safety issues. Issues written notices of code violations and notices to appear in court for noncompliance.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Inspects new and existing structures, altered or repaired buildings and/or structures including various building systems and components for compliance with fire codes, national electrical code and associated standards. Evaluates and analyzes a wide variety of life safety, mechanical, electrical and fire protection systems installations for code compliance. Issues written notices of code violations and notices to appear in court for non-compliance.
Reviews and analyzes architectural and/or engineering plans and specifications, engineering calculations, shop drawings, technical data, research reports, and special inspection reports for the purpose of compliance with fire & building codes.
Applies engineering principles and practices in the technical examination and analysis of structures and components in accordance with local adopted fire & building codes, associated standards and municipal ordinances.
Keeps abreast of adopted codes & standards, new products, and code enforcement techniques, and assists in field training for other inspectors.
Serves as team liaison on joint inspections involving existing structures or investigations conducted with other divisions and departments.
Prepares reports noting specific code violations and items inspected. Enters inspection data into computer.
Responds to complaints generated from citizens, staff, contractors, design professionals, or other interested parties as they relate to assigned areas of responsibility.
Maintains city vehicle, keeping the vehicle in proper working order and clean.
The employee must work the days and hours necessary to perform all assigned responsibilities and tasks. Must be available (especially during regular business hours or shifts) to communicate with subordinates, supervisors, customers, vendors and any other persons or organization with which interaction is required to accomplish work and employer goals.
The employee must be punctual and timely in meeting all requirements of performance, including, but not limited to, attendance standards and work deadlines; beginning and ending assignments on time; and scheduled work breaks, where applicable.
EDUCATION & SPECIAL LICENSE(S)/CERTIFICATIONS:
Education equivalent to a high school diploma supplemented with college-level courses in building construction, fire prevention or fire science is required. Bachelor's degree in fire prevention, fire science, construction science, fire protection technology, engineering, architecture or a related field is preferred; or an equivalent combination of formal education and work experience. Knowledge of basic fire scene operations, code enforcement or other law enforcement training may be substituted for formal education.
Must have obtained the ICC Fire Inspector 1 & 2 certification; completed the fire inspector requirements for Fire Inspector 1 of the current standard for NFPA 1031; be Hazmat Awareness level certified, or equivalent; and attended the NFA Fire Inspections Principles two week course.
Must possess an appropriate, valid driver's license and maintain an insurable driving record.
Three years experience as a fire or building inspector, or other related investigative or code enforcement inspector. Maintains certifications and skill proficiencies deemed necessary by the city for the execution of assigned duties.
Good oral and written communication skills.
Good interpersonal skills.
Must have a working knowledge of personal computers and software applications such as word processing, database, and spreadsheet applications.
Ability to read and comprehend city, state and federal codes and regulations.
Ability to read and interpret building plans, specifications, and building codes.
Ability to analyze engineering problems and recommend possible solutions.
Ability to comprehend standard engineering practices.
Ability to perform (Basic) engineering calculations.
Ability to exhibit tact and diplomacy when dealing with the public, builders and contractors.
Ability to work/conduct inspections under distracting conditions.
Ability to analyze safety situations.
Ability to walk over rough terrain, climb stairs and ladders, bend, reach, and crawl while conducting site inspections.
Ability to make and receive phone calls.
Ability to distinguish colors.
Visual acuity to examine small parts.
Must be able to hear and communicate
Ability to lift 50 pounds and transport 20 feet.
Physical dexterity to operate hand tools.
Mobility to travel to various inspection sites.
Ability to drive a City vehicle.
Hand and eye coordination adequate to enter data into computer.
Visual stamina and acuity adequate to review alphanumeric data.
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY (Direct & Indirect):
The preceding job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.