The Bellevue Fire Department has a long tradition of excellence, as evidenced by our: performance in preventing, preparing for, and responding to emergencies; strong public image; and reputation among partners and peers in the region. The Department has passed a rigorous accreditation process by the Center for Public Safety Excellence five times since 1998, making it one of ten fire departments in the State of Washington to currently hold this designation. We are also a Class 2 Community Protection Classification as determined by the Washington Survey & Rating Bureau, one of only five such departments in the State of Washington.
We are currently seeking an exceptional individual to be our next Fire Prevention Officer / Plan Reviewer in our Fire Prevention Division assigned within the Development Services line of business either reviewing and approving plans and specifications for fire suppression, fire detection, special hazards, high piled storage and hazardous materials installations or inspecting newly constructed buildings and occupancies depending on the needs of the Fire Prevention Division. You may also be assigned to the Fire Investigation Unit according to the needs of the division. Those responsible for investigation of fires work to determine the origin and cause of fire events.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Read, evaluate, and review plans, specifications, blueprints, fire protection and life safety systems, to ensure compliance with adopted codes and standards.
Work independently and prioritize workload.
Establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, members of the public and others encountered in the course of work.
Handle routine and complex code enforcement matters.
Ability to use strong human relations and communications skills.
Deal effectively with confrontational situations.
Performs field inspections and active construction site inspections of varying complexity as it relates to fire protection system installations, acceptance testing, commissioning, and approval with codes and ordinances.
Serve as a technical expert on fire and life safety prevention fundamentals.
Maintain an oversight role to a geographically defined area of the city with respect to fire loss, fire investigation, fire inspection practices, and public education program delivery.
Investigate the cause and origin of fires: working with Fire Suppression, other investigative personnel, as well as the Police Department, as needed.
College-level course work in fire protection engineering, fire protection technology, fire science, or other closely related field.
Two years of experience as a fire safety or building code enforcement officer with plans examination responsibilities in fire sprinkler, hood suppression, and fire alarm plan review; or an equivalent combination of training and experience which provides the capabilities to perform the described job duties.
Familiarity with review of complex fire protection systems to include high-piled storage, aspirating smoke detection, alternative extinguishing systems, smoke control, fire pumps, mass notification, Emergency Responder Radio, and Firefighter Air Replenishment, is preferred.
Possess the ability to apply an engineering approach and knowledge of the International Fire and Building Codes and NFPA standards.
Word processing and data entry experience a must.
Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills.
Organization and detail-orientated skills.
Flexible and solution oriented.
Certified as ICC Fire Inspector I or ability to acquire within 6 months.
Certified ICC Plans Reviewer preferred.
Fire investigation experience preferred.
Must be able to kneel, stoop, climb and lift 30+ pounds.
Ability to work on-call as required.
Valid Washington State Driver's License.
The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Work involves walking, talking, hearing, using hands to handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls, and reaching with hands and arms.
Vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
Must be able to kneel, stoop, climb and lift 30+ pounds
Incumbents could be exposed to a variety of hazards.
This is a union, non-exempt position.
A successful candidate possessing the following certifications issued by the qualifying certification boards and years of experience based on the grid below may be eligible for premium add to pay opportunities after their 12-month probationary period.
For further information about this position, please contact Travis Ripley, at 425.452.6042.
Bellevue is the fifth largest city in Washington, with a population of more than 150,000. It is the high-tech and retail center of the Eastside, with more than 150,000 jobs around the city and a skyline of gleaming high-rises. You can learn a lot about the city from news releases, the It's Your City newsletter and Bellevue Television.
While business booms downtown, much of Bellevue retains a small-town feel, with thriving, woodsy neighborhoods and a vast network of green spaces and recreational facilities that keep people calling the place "a city in a park."? The city's schools are consistently rated among the best in the country.
Sales at local shopping complexes are always an attraction, and arts and crafts fairs one weekend in July draw thousands each year. During the holiday season, the Garden d'Lights display at the Bellevue Botanical Garden attracts visitors from far and wide. Artists from around the country enter striking new works in the annual Bellwether arts fair.
The city spans more than 31 square miles between Lake Washington and Lake Sammamish, and is a short drive from the Cascade Mountains. People can kayak within sight of downtown in the Mercer Slough Nature Park, a 320-acre wetland preserve.