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Deputy State Fire Marshal - Codes & Technical Services/State Pro
SALEM OR 97309
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Deputy State Fire Marshal - Codes & Technical Services/State Pro
Deputy State Fire Marshal - Codes & Technical Services/State Properties



Deputy State Fire Marshal - Codes & Technical Services/State Properties


$60,408.00 - $88,224.00 Annually


Salem, OR

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State Police-State Fire Marshal

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4/23/2018 11:59 PM Pacific

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The Office of State Fire Marshal is seeking applicants for the position of Deputy State Fire Marshal, Fire & Life Safety Services Branch. This recruitment will be used to establish a list of highly qualified candidates to fill a current vacancy in Salem. This recruitment will be used to establish a list of qualified applicants and may be used to fill future openings.

Current OSP employees who meet the minimum qualifications of this position will be given preference in the selection process.

This is a general service district position with a specialty in codes & technical services, conducting fire code inspections and re-inspections of state owned properties.

This position is represented by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). Union members pay union dues; non-union members pay "fair share."

Prior to being offered a position, finalists must pass a fingerprint-based security/criminal record background check, as well as a thorough background investigation. Conviction of a crime will not automatically preclude appointment. Adverse background data may be grounds for immediate disqualification.

Agency Overview

We are the provider of Premier Public Safety Services for Oregon each and every day. Our mission is to enhance the livability and safety for the State of Oregon by protecting the people, property, and natural resources of the State. The OSP workforce is comprised of more than 1,300 sworn and professional staff in the areas of patrol, criminal investigation, forensic services, medical examiner, state fire marshal, gaming regulation, fish and wildlife regulation, public safety communications, and information management with a biennial budget of approximately $426 million total funds.

Duties & Responsibilities

State Buildings Fire Inspection Program Administration

- Develops program for conducting fire code inspections and re-inspections of state­ owned properties for supervisor approval to include performance metrics. Implements the state-owned properties fire code inspection program and assists with the collection of measurements of the results.

- Forms partnerships with stakeholders involved in state owned or occupied buildings. Partnerships include, but are not limited to Oregon Department of Administrative Services, Oregon Building Codes Division, Oregon Department of Corrections, Oregon University System, Oregon Department of Transportation and Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training - and, local building officials, municipalities and fire district s. Provide input on fire and life safety plan reviews of new construction projects to these partners as appropriate - and, provide recommendations, information, guidance and expertise to help State property managers meet their fire prevention needs.

Fire & Life Safety Code Development, Application, Interpretation and Enforcement:

- Enforce state adopted and nationally recognized fire and life safety laws, codes, standards, and regulations in existing buildings by conducting inspections to review and evaluate operations and processes; building construction, and fire protection features. Meet with responsible parties and review situations; inform and educate regarding hazards and necessary corrective actions. Identify corrections and develops correction plan; consider and apply alternative methods and means to meet code intent.

- Communicate decisions orally and in writing regarding interpretation, technical assistance and application of pertinent codes to private industry and local/state/federal authorities. Issue correction orders and documents actions. Conducts follow-up inspections. Reviews building plans. Recommends construction and fire protection system and other fire and life safety features to assist building officials in approving plans for construction and remodeling of occupancies.

- Review the Branch fire and life safety code compliance program operations for State­ owned buildings and properties to assess office and facility needs and adherence to fire prevention service and protection standards.

Education and Program Representation

- Assist state-owned facility managers in developing administrative and fire prevention policies and procedures for emergency plans. Participate on OSFM and statewide task force(s), local committees and advisory groups formed by other agencies, organizations and citizen groups. Develops and presents fire safety education, information and training in varied formats to professional groups, employee groups, special interest groups, city, county and state government agencies and affiliates, and the fire service.

Research and develop written and oral interpretation and consultation of state laws, rules and codes and affect special occupancy articles of the Oregon Fire Code.

- Assist in providing verbal and written code interpretations and regulatory information primarily to division staff and the fire service and secondarily to the public, businesses, legal counsel, building officials, and design professionals. Maintain effective communication and cooperative working relationships with the Oregon fire service and with model code groups for uniformity and accuracy of code interpretations and information. Research and recommend proposed agency direction regarding code standards and interpretations to the Code & Technical Services Coordinator and state and local fire code enforcement officials. Participate in the OSFM Fire Code Committee for the purpose of ensuring accurate and consistent statewide enforcement of SFM codes and regulation.

Review, analyze and recommend Oregon adoption of and modifications to the model fire code, state fire protection statutes and administrative rule. (Note: The percentage of time spent on these duties may significantly increase during years where major code adoption takes place and months leading up to/during legislative sessions)

- Develop and recommends code changes for submittal to the model fire code. Review and analyze code change proposals from other parties and recommend official action. Research and prepare testimony for or against code changes that are submitted to the model code groups. Present testimony to state code groups and at adoption hearings to support the SFM and Oregon fire service agenda. Represent the SFM as a voting member at annual model code adoption meetings.

- Assist in managing the process of developing Oregon amendments to the model code, and organize and coordinate the adoption of the Oregon Fire code as an Oregon Administrative Rule. Identify and solicit input from stakeholders to develop rule; chair the Oregon Fire Code Committee. Schedule and hold code adoption hearings; file rule adoptions. Maintain effective communication and cooperative working relationships with Oregon fire service partners, and with fire and life safety code and rule development and adoption agencies, organizations and associations.

- Recommends changes to state fire protection statutes. May analyze and monitor pertinent bills during legislative session, may prepare and present testimony for legislative hearings.

- Provides accurate court testimony and qualifies results, conclusions and opinions appropriately so their significance is understood. Must be able to provide sworn credible testimony in a criminal or civil proceeding arising from the performance of duties.

- Specializes in providing Deputy State Fire Marshal services to Oregon Fire Service and State Agencies throughout the State of Oregon. These include, but are not limited to include correctional institutions and other state properties.

Working Conditions

Frequent long distance travel, often with overnight stays away from duty station. May be called out before and after work shifts and on weekends for fire code compliance, fire investigations, mobilizations and conflagrations. May travel and work under adverse weather conditions such as rain, snow, and extreme cold and heat for extended periods of time. Has telephone and personal contact with hostile and angry people. Encounters remains of fire fatalities; interacts with emotionally distressed people in determining cause and origin of fires. Determining the cause of fires requires lifting, shoveling, climbing ladders, using hand tools and power tools both inside and outside structures. Conducts fire investigations and building inspections under potentially life-threatening conditions and within structures weakened from fire, explosion, and earthquake; exposure to hazardous environments; periods of inclement weather; and dealing with criminal elements. May enter areas where toxic chemicals and explosives are stored or used that present an unusual hazard to health and safety. Conducting inspections requires extended walking on hard, smooth and on rough, uneven surfaces; climbing ladders and stairs; entering attics and other small spaces; and working and traveling in adverse weather. May be exposed to persons with contagious diseases and chronic illnesses and some who are physically aggressive.

Qualifications, Required & Requested Skills

Minimum Qualifications

Your answers to the supplemental questions must be consistent with your described work experience. Your application will be reviewed to determine if you meet minimum qualifications based on your responses to the 'Supplemental Questions'. If you meet minimum qualifications, your responses will be further reviewed to determine if you possess the requested skills for this position. Applicants with backgrounds that most closely match the needs of the position will be invited to interview.

+ Five years of full-time fire service experience. This must include two years of full-time code enforcement and one year of fire cause investigation.

An Associate's degree in fire prevention, fire science or related fire service field may substitute for up to two years of the required experience, but will not substitute for the three years of code enforcement and fire cause investigation experience.

A Bachelor's degree in fire service administration or fire protection, fire science, or closely related fire service field may substitute for up to two years of the required experience, but will not substitute for the three years of code enforcement and fire cause investigation experience.

Meet the following certification requirements in OAR 837-039-0110 within six months from date of employment:

o An ICC Fire Inspector II Certification or ability to obtain certification

o An ICC Fire Plans Examiner Certification or ability to obtain certification

Meet the competency recognition requirements for Fire and Life Safety Specialist II certificate per OAR837-039-0120 within 12 months from the date of employment.

Applicants who already possess these certifications must show proof of certification by attaching a photocopy with the application.

Preferred Skills:

+ ICC Fire Inspector II certification

+ ICC Fire Plans Examiner certification

+ OSFM Competency recognition as a Fire and Life Safety Specialist II

+ Good communication skills

Resumes will not replace the completed work history experience. You may be disqualified if your work history does not include information used to meet minimum qualifications of the job and to answer the Supplemental Questions.

Transcripts must be attached and submitted to receive credit for education coursework at the time of application (if using education to meet minimum qualifications of this position).

Additional Information

TO APPLY, follow the "Apply" link above.

Only complete applications will be considered. Be sure to answer all supplemental questions and attach all required documents.

The pay and benefits on all announcements may change without notice.

Employee is required to maintain a drug/alcohol free workplace in accordance with the 1988 DrugFree Workplace Act and Department Policy.

"In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire." Please note, this employer will not sponsor applicants for H1-B visas.


Selection Process: The selection process consists of a review of your application and an evaluation of your education, experience and training. Resumes will not be reviewed unless we request them. Please note that your responses will also be evaluated for grammar, spelling and punctuation. Qualified applicants whose background most closely matches the needs of the position will be invited to interview.

Communication: All communication regarding your application and status will be done by e-mail. To insure clear communication, please unfilter emails from and

Background check: Prior to being offered a position, finalists must pass a fingerprint-based security/criminal record background check, and some higher level positions may include a thorough background investigation. Conviction of a crime will not automatically preclude appointment. Adverse background data may be grounds for immediate disqualification.

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The Oregon State Police is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer committed to workforce diversity and inclusion.

Core benefits

Medical, vision and dental insurance

+ Comprehensive medical, dental and vision plans for the employee and qualified family members

+ $5,000 in employee basic life insurance

Retirement benefits

+ Membership in the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS)/Oregon Public Service Retirement Plan (OPSRP)

+ Employer paid defined benefit and defined contribution programs

**Effective November 1, 2016, SEIU represented employees who are Public Employee Retirement System (PERS) participating members will have their base salary increased by 6.95%. Upon becoming a PERS participating member, SEIU employees pay the employee 6% contribution to PERS.

Paid leaves and other benefits

+ Sick leave earned at the rate of 8 hours per a month with no maximum accumulation

+ Vacation leave earned at a minimum rate of 8 hours per month with accrual rate increases at 5-year increments

+ 24 hours personal leave earned each fiscal year

+ Ten paid holidays a year

The state also provides access to an innovative Employee Assistance Program that offers work-life counseling, along with homeowner, legal and family resources.

Optional benefits

+ Term life (employee, spouse or domestic partner, and dependents

+ Long-term and short-term disability

+ Accidental Death and Dismemberment

+ Long-term care (self and eligible family members)

+ Flexible spending accounts

+ Option to enroll in the Oregon Savings Growth Plan, a deferred compensation program offering a wide variety of investment options.

The following information describes typical benefits available for employees. Actual benefits received may differ by position or branch of government or be prorated for other than full time work.

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