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Job Specification 06351

FIRE OFFICIAL, UFD


   

DEFINITION


         Under direction administers and directs the enforcement of
   provisions of relevant fire safety codes and related regulations,
   establishes day-to-day operating routines of the code enforcement
   agency, coordinates and supervises activities of any fire safety
   specialists or other staff employed by the agency, and responds to
   fire alarms and participates in extinguishing fires; does related
   work as required.

   NOTE: The definition and examples of work for this title are for
   illustrative purposes only. A particular position using this title
   may not perform all duties listed in this job specification.
   Conversely, all duties performed on the job may not be listed.

   
EXAMPLES OF WORK:


        Inspects or directs the inspection of various structures and
   premises for the purpose of ascertaining and causing to be corrected
   any conditions liable to cause fire, contribute to the spread of
   fire, interfere with fire operations, endanger life, or for any
   violations of the provisions or intent of the New Jersey Uniform Fire
   Code or any other law, rules, or regulations affecting fire safety.

         Investigates or causes to be investigated every reported fire
   or explosion occurring within the jurisdiction that involves loss of
   life or injury or causes destruction or damage to property.

         Takes charge immediately of physical evidence, and, to preserve
   any physical evidence relating to the cause or origin of such fire or
   explosion, takes the steps necessary to prevent access by any person
   or persons to such building, structure, or premises until such
   persons designated by law to pursue investigations into such matters
   become involved, and cooperates with such authorities in the
   collection of evidence and prosecution of the case.

         Keeps a record of all reported fires in life hazard use
   structures and all facts concerning same including investigation of
   findings and information as to the cause, origin, and extent of such
   fires and the deaths, injuries, and damage caused.

         Whenever the following dangerous or hazardous conditions or
   materials are found in any structure or on any premises, orders such
   conditions or materials to be removed or remedied in accord with
   provisions of the New Jersey Uniform Fire Code or any other law,
   rules, or regulations affecting fire safety:

        1. Dangerous conditions which are liable to cause or contribute
   to the spread of fire in or on said premises, building, or structure,
   or endanger occupants thereof.

        2. Conditions which would interfere with efficiency and use of
   any fire protection equipment.

        3. Obstructions to or on fire escapes, stairs, passageways,
   doors, or windows, liable to interfere with egress of occupants or
   operation of the fire department in case of fire.

        4. Accumulations of dust or waste material in air conditioning
   or ventilating systems or grease in kitchen or other exhaust ducts.


        5. Accumulations of grease on kitchen cooking equipment or oil,
   grease, or dirt on, under, or around any mechanical equipment.

        6. Accumulations of rubbish, waste, paper, boxes, shavings, or
   other combustible materials, or excessive storage of any combustible
   material.

        7. Hazardous conditions arising from defective or improperly
   used or installed electrical wiring, equipment, or appliances.

        8. Hazardous conditions arising from defective or improperly
   installed equipment for handling or use of combustible, explosive, or
   otherwise hazardous materials.

        9. Dangerous or unlawful amounts of combustible, explosive, or
   otherwise hazardous materials.

        10. All equipment, materials, processes, or operations which are
   in violation of provisions and intent of the Code.

         Prepares written notice of violations describing the condition
   deemed unsafe and specifies the time limit for the required repairs
   or improvements to be made to render the building, structure, or
   premises safe and secure.

         May grant extensions of time when it is determined that,
   despite diligent effort, compliance cannot be accomplished within the
   time specified in the notice.

         If the notice of violation is not complied with within time
   periods specified, institutes appropriate enforcement proceedings to
   restrain, correct, or abate such violation or to require removal or
   termination of the unlawful use of the building or structure in
   violation of provisions of the Code or other related directive or
   regulation.

        Conducts hearings, assesses penalties, and sets and collects
   fines for violations of fire regulations.

        Ensures that all life hazard use structures are inspected in
   accord with the schedule established by the Code.

         Ensures that notices of violations are served whenever
   inspections reveal violations.

         Ensures that permit applications are available and assists the
   public in preparing them when necessary.

        Reviews all permit applications for completeness as to form.

         Ensures that the inspection required for issuance of a permit
   is performed in a timely manner.

         Ensures that no activity or use which requires a permit is
   carried out without one.

        Ensures that all life hazard use structures are registered.

         Assists the state when requested with any registration survey.

         Coordinates activities with the fire subcode official where the
   work to be performed, to comply with the fire safety code, requires a
   construction permit.

         Collects all fees and penalties due the local enforcing agency
   and ensures that they are properly accounted for.

         Ensures that all requests for variances are properly prepared,
   documented, and approved or denied in a timely manner.

         Ensures that all appeals are promptly referred to the
   Construction Code Board of Appeals.

         Records all notices of violation and determines the amount of
   all penalties for noncompliance.

         Ensures that a report of every inspection is completed and
   properly filed.

         Takes reasonable measure to determine when imminent hazards
   exist and enforce the law as provided for by the Code.

         Files such reports as the state may from time to time require.

        Supervises the work of any assigned enforcement personnel to
   ensure completeness and accuracy.

          Ensures that any agency staff members requiring certification
   possess such certification.

         Ensures that procedures of the local enforcing agency conform
   to requirements of the Code and regulations.

        Prepares and obtains reports required by regulations.

         Attends meetings and hearings as required by the Code and
   regulations.

         Coordinates activities of the local enforcing agency with other
   code enforcement agencies and state agencies having a related
   interest or responsibility.

         Responds to and causes to be investigated any complaints
   brought under the New Jersey Uniform Fire Code.

         May confer with and speak before civic, school, and community
   organizations and groups concerning fire prevention methods.

         May plan and direct a public relations program to present the
   need for and encourage the use of fire prevention methods among
   community residents.

         May direct a public information and education program designed
   to improve fire safety measures in the home, office buildings,
   industrial and commercial structures, and other locations.

        May confer with public officials or civic representatives to
   improve fire safety education programs.

         May give talks and demonstrations before adults and/or children
   on methods for ensuring proper use of fire safety procedures in the
   home, school, or other buildings.

        Participates in fire drills and other training courses.

          Responds to fire alarms, drives or accompanies fire apparatus,
   and assists other uniformed personnel in extinguishing fires.

          Operates and uses fire hoses and other firefighting equipment
   and apparatus.

        Performs special duty at theaters, schools, and other public
   gatherings to help maintain proper fire precautionary measures.

         Responds to calls concerning bomb threats and conducts bomb
   searches.

         Inspects the condition of fire protection apparatus in public
   and private buildings.

        Inspects fire hydrants.

        Performs rescue work.

        Pumps out cellars.

        Receives fire alarms and notifies proper fire company.

        Keeps needed records.

         Will be required to learn to utilize various types of
   electronic and/or manual recording and computerized information
   systems used by the agency, office, or related units.

   REQUIREMENTS:

         NOTE: Positions in this class may be filled through promotional
   examination procedures only. Candidates must meet those requirements
   and qualifications for promotion specified in Civil Service law,
   rules, and regulations.

        EDUCATION:

         Graduation from high school, vocational high school, or
   possession of an approved high school equivalency certificate.

        LICENSE: AND CERTIFICATE
              Possession of a current and valid fire official
   certificate issued by the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs.
              Appointees will be required to possess a driver's license
   valid in New Jersey only if the operation of a vehicle, rather than
   employee mobility, is necessary to perform the essential duties of
   the position.

        EXPERIENCE:

         Five (5) years of experience in one or more of the areas
   indicated below or some combination thereof: (1) as a firefighter in
   a paid or volunteer fire company, and/or (2) in the inspection of
   buildings to detect fire hazards and to enforce fire safety codes and
   regulations, and/or (3) in the investigation of fires to determine
   their cause, and/or (4) in the inspection of the construction of
   buildings and the review of building construction plans and
   specifications to ensure compliance with fire protection codes and
   regulations, and/or (5) in the installation of fire protection
   equipment.

        AGE:

             Not less than 18 years of age.

        MEDICAL EXAMINATION

         As a prerequisite for appointment, appointees may be required
   to pass a thorough medical and psychiatric examination to be
   administered by the appointing authority. Any psychological, medical,
   or physical condition or defect which would prevent efficient
   performance of duties of the position, cause appointees to be a
   hazard to themselves or others, or become aggravated as a result of
   performance of these duties will be cause for rejection.

   KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES:

              Knowledge of fire prevention measures required in
   residential, commercial, industrial, and public buildings.

              Knowledge of administration and enforcement of fire codes.

              Knowledge of laws, rules, and regulations concerning all
   types of fire prevention measures.

              Knowledge of provisions of the New Jersey Uniform Fire
   Code and regulations.

              Knowledge of the fire safety system of buildings and uses
   including but not limited to means of egress, fire suppression
   systems, fire alarm systems, and methods for limiting the flame
   spread, flammability, or combustibility of materials.

              Knowledge of safe use and maintenance of facilities,
   buildings, and uses of such structures which are subject to the New
   Jersey Uniform Fire Code.

              Knowledge of safe handling, storage, and use of materials
   which pose a fire hazard.

              Knowledge of supervision and management techniques needed
   to effectively manage a large staff of field personnel.

               Knowledge of operation and maintenance of smoke detectors
   and types of smoke detectors and alarms available.

              Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures used in
   organizational analyses and program management.

              Knowledge of principles and practices of fire safety and
   protection systems including limitations, types, operation,
   maintenance, and installation.

             Knowledge of methods for handling and storing hazardous
   materials.

              Knowledge of means of egress requirements including exit
   access, exit discharge, and exit signs.

             Knowledge of methods and administrative and operational
   procedures applied to ensure the timely inspection and reinspection
   of life hazard use structures and highrise buildings required by the
   New Jersey Uniform Fire Code and regulations.

             Knowledge of methods of preparing inspection reports.

               Knowledge of problems, procedures, and equipment involved
   in the installation, repair, and maintenance of various signal
   systems.

              Knowledge of laws and ordinances which are significant
   from the firefighting point of view.

             Knowledge of methods likely to be effective in fighting
   various types of fires.

             Knowledge of varied kinds of firefighting equipment and
   apparatus.

              Knowledge of the location of schools, large buildings,
   streets, and fire alarm boxes in the municipality.

              Knowledge of types of fire alarm communications that are
   useful and feasible in the fire department.

              Knowledge of procedures likely to be effective in
   enlisting support of citizens and others in taking fire precautionary
   measures.

              Knowledge of procedures involved in amending technical
   requirements and in promulgating needed administrative rules and
   regulations.

              Knowledge of provisions under the Uniform Construction
   Code Act, Hotel and Multiple Dwelling Law, and Rooming and Boarding
   House Act, and their relation to the Uniform Fire Safety Act.

             Ability to organize assigned fire prevention and safety
   field inspections and investigative work.

             Ability to make required field visits, inspections, and
   investigations.

             Ability to conduct hearings and assess penalties.

                        Ability to maintain essential records and files.

              Ability to give appropriate assignments, instructions, and
   supervision to employees.

              Ability to comprehend, interpret, and apply basic laws and
   regulations pertaining to fire safety, protection, and prevention.

             Ability to recognize existing and potential fire safety
   hazards, call these to the attention of the persons concerned, and
   prepare detailed reports.

              Ability to establish cooperative work relationships with
   tenants, owners, municipal officials, and others interested in or
   concerned with enforcement of laws relating to fire safety.

              Ability to estimate time required to abate violations and
   establish realistic deadlines by which owners must complete abatement
   of violations.

              Ability to supervise the establishment and maintenance of
   essential records and files.

              Ability to prepare extensive, detailed, and technical
   correspondence in the course of official duties.

             Ability to prepare or supervise preparation of detailed
   narrative and statistical reports containing findings, conclusions,
   and recommendations.

              Ability to act as a witness in hearings and court
   procedures and give testimony under oath.

              Ability to perform strenuous physical activities such as
   lifting heavy firefighting equipment, climbing standard and aerial
   ladders, and lifting and carrying people and equipment for rescue and
   salvage.

              Ability to work under conditions of heavy physical
   exertion in extreme heat and dust, in high and confined areas and
   smoke filled spaces, and in all kinds of weather and to maintain
   physical activity for prolonged periods of time.

              Ability to understand and carry out written and oral
   instructions.

             Ability to record information in written form.

              Ability to function independently and without direct
   supervision.

              Ability to think clearly and to apply knowledge under
   stressful conditions and to handle more than one task at a time.

               Ability to work closely with people including functioning
   as a team member, to exercise tact or diplomacy, and display
   compassion, understanding, and patience.

              Ability to use and maintain firefighting equipment and to
   apply the theory necessary for effective firefighting and equipment
   operation.

             Ability to apply basic techniques of fighting fires and
   rendering first aid.

             Ability to learn to utilize various types of electronic
   and/or manual recording and information systems used by the agency,
   office, or related units.

               Ability to read, write, speak, understand, or communicate
   in English sufficiently to perform the duties of this position.
   American Sign Language or Braille may also be considered as
   acceptable forms of communication.

              Persons with mental or physical disabilities are eligible
   as long as they can perform the essential functions of the job after
   reasonable accommodation is made to their known limitations. If the
   accommodation cannot be made because it would cause the employer
   undue hardship, such persons may not be eligible.

   CODES: LG-06351 CAH 7/1/96

   This job specification is for local government use only.