Fire Inspector

Job title: Fire Inspector

Department: Fire

Job Summary: Performs technically skilled inspection work for the department's fire prevention, public education, and annual fire inspection functions. Work is performed under general supervision with limited latitude in the use of initiative. Position exercises some judgment in accordance with well-defined policies, procedures, and techniques.

Examples of Essential Functions:

The list of essential functions, as outlined herein, is intended to be representative of the tasks performed within this classification. It is not necessarily descriptive of any one position in the class. The omission of an essential function does not preclude management from assigning duties not listed herein if such functions are a logical assignment to the position.

  • Conducts field inspections for code compliance of alarm, detection, suppression systems, electrical, HVAC, gas/fuel, and other inspections as required or requested
  • Records, files, and maintains records of certification permits granted as required
  • Receives applications and/or requests for inspections of new occupancy and/or change of ownership of existing occupancies; issues fire compliance notices upon confirmation of occupancy inspection pertaining to structure and business compliance with fire, building, and life safety codes and town ordinances.
  • Investigates complaints of unsafe construction, unsafe conditions, unsafe operations, and/or unsafe occupancy
  • Prepares and maintains various records, forms and documentation regarding inspection activities (i.e., notices of violation, certifications, building inspections, daily inspection logs, and correspondence, etc.)
  • Conducts periodic inspections during the construction phase to ensure compliance with equipment installation and other prescribed life safety and fire prevention standards and requirements
  • Assists the Deputy Chief conducting special events, station tours, and public education events
  • Maintains current knowledge of trends and developments in the technical fields of fire prevention and life safety codes
  • Responsible for reporting for duty during all natural and man-made disasters

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities required:

  • Knowledge of applicable federal, state, and local regulatory and life safety codes, laws, standards and requirements governing the work
  • Knowledge of life safety systems and functionality to include fire alarms, fire sprinklers, fire pumps, smoke detection/evacuation systems, kitchen hood exhaust/suppression systems, and hazardous materials mitigation
  • Knowledge of the proper performance standards and operational capacities of fire prevention and life safety systems and equipment, including but not limited to, mechanical and electrical systems
  • Knowledge of department policies and procedures for the preparation, production and maintenance of reports, documentation, and records
  • Skill in testing and operating mechanical and electrical components of fire prevention, fire suppression, and life safety equipment and systems
  • Skill in working independently and following through with assignments with minimal direction
  • Ability to inspect conditions, recognize current and potential safety hazards, and proceed with instruction for corrective measures to establish compliance with life safety codes
  • Ability to operate a computer using Microsoft Office products (Word, Outlook, and Excel) and applicable department/organizational specific software
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective and cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work
  • Ability to provide exceptional internal and external customer service
  • Ability to regularly attend work and arrive punctually for designated work schedule

ยท         Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing


  •  High school diploma or GED; supplemented by two or more years' experience in fire prevention or public education concerning life safety codes and ordinances; or an equivalent combination of education, certification, training and/or experience.
  • Firefighter I (Firefighter II preferred)
  •  New Hampshire EMT-Basic (Medic preferred)
  • Valid driver license (CDL preferred)
  • Pro-Board level I Fire Inspector (Level II preferred)
  •  Candidate is subject to interview(s), medical testing (including drug screening), and a comprehensive background investigation.

Other Requirements


Depending on functional area of assignment, tasks involve the periodic performance of moderately physically demanding work, usually involving lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling of moderately heavy objects and materials (up to 50 pounds). Tasks that require moving objects of significant weight require the assistance of another person and/or use of proper techniques and moving equipment. Tasks may involve some climbing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, or crawling.


Tasks are regularly performed inside and/or outside with potential exposure to adverse environmental conditions, such as dirt, dust, pollen, odors, wetness, humidity, rain, fumes, smoke, temperature and noise extremes, hazardous materials, fire, unsafe structures, heights, confined spaces, machinery, vibrations, electric currents, traffic hazards, bright/dim lights, toxic agents, animal/wildlife attacks, animal/human bites, explosives, firearms, water hazards, violence, disease, or pathogenic substances.

Some tasks require manual dexterity, in addition to visual and hearing acuity. Some tasks may involve identifying and distinguishing colors. Some tasks require the ability to perceive and discriminate visual cues or signals. Some tasks require the ability to communicate orally and in writing.

Town of Newton
Close Date: 
Monday, October 31, 2022
$25 per hour