City of Ventura


Fire Department
Recruitment #18-J04-001
Salary: $64,467.73 - $78,360.88/year

Do you have proven experience performing technical and specialized fire prevention inspections and plan reviews?  The City of Ventura is accepting applications for a Fire Prevention Specialist vacancy on the collaborative Fire Prevention team in the Fire Department. To be considered for this exciting career opportunity, apply online at now as this recruitment may close at any time.

NOTE:  To be considered during the first review of applications, please apply by 9/10/2018.

To learn more about the Fire department, visit

Under general supervision, to perform technical and specialized inspections and investigative work in the area of fire prevention; to review and approve construction plans and specifications; and conduct fire prevention inspections. This is a civilian, non-safety position.


  • Is team-oriented, with the ability to work creatively and collaboratively within the organization and the community
  • Has proven experience performing fire protection engineering duties, including plan checking and field inspection
  • Is sensitive to the needs of citizens, business owners and contractors, while enforcing regulations and gaining compliance
  • Maintains composure while responding to people who may be upset, irate or frustrated
  • Has experience conducting presentations and providing training
  • Has excellent communication and public relation skills
  • Has valid PC832 and International Code Council Fire Inspector certifications 

Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

Reviews fire protection and building plans to ensure that fire and hazardous materials protection devices and systems comply with local and state codes, ordinances and national standards.  Consults with engineers, architects and developers to design fire protection equipment to be used in buildings and properties.  Conducts inspections of buildings and properties to determine whether fire protection equipment is properly designed, installed and maintained and to provide fire clearance for certificate of occupancy.  Investigates complaints pertaining to violation of Fire Prevention laws and gives correction orders as necessary.  Initiates civil and/or criminal actions as necessary.  Appears as expert witness at hearings/court proceedings.  Provides technical advice to other departments and agencies for permit approval of various processes and installations.  Reviews the City's Fire Prevention Codes for adherence to accepted fire protection engineering standards and recommends code revisions.  Develops policies and procedures where local, state and federal laws do not clearly provide fire prevention regulation.  Reviews investigation information to assist in determining cause of certain fires.  Prepares and presents Fire Code application education to City personnel and to the public and interprets and clarifies code requirements.  Prepares detailed narrative reports and maintains required records.  Assists in budget preparation for assigned area. Performs non-hazardous staff duties during major emergencies.  Assists in preparing community promotions and public information related to assigned programs.  May serve on the Emergency Operations Center team.  Performs other duties as assigned.

A combination of education, training and experience equivalent to graduation from college with a bachelor's degree in Fire Protection Engineering or a closely related field and two years’ experience performing fire protection engineering duties, including responsibility for plan checking or field inspection of fire protection systems or graduation from college with an associate’s degree in Fire Protection Engineering or related field and five years’ experience performing fire protection engineering duties, including responsibility for plan checking or field inspection of fire protection systems.  

License:  Possession of a valid California Class C Driver's License and an acceptable driving record is required. 
Certificates: Certificate of completion of PC 832 is highly desirable prior to appointment and is required within one year of appointment.  Possession of, or ability to obtain within one year, an International Code Council Fire Inspector certification.
Desirable: Plans Examiner certification from the International Code Council or California State Fire Marshal’s Office.  Successful completion of California State Fire Marshal Fire Inspector 1A, 1B, 1C, and 1D or Fire Prevention I series courses or International Code Council Fire Inspector I or II certifications; State of California registered Fire Protection Engineer.

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Submit a City application and supplemental questionnaire by the filing deadline. The preferred method of application is on-line and you are highly encouraged to apply at If you are unable to apply electronically, you may request paper application materials by calling (805) 654-7853 during regular business hours. Paper applications can be FAXed to (805) 648-4467, or mailed, or hand delivered to City Hall at: 501 Poli Street, Room 210; Ventura, CA 93002. If you FAX, it is highly recommended that you also send the original documents. The Eligibility List established may be used to fill other regular and temporary vacancies at the discretion of the City.
Once your application has been submitted, all future correspondence from the City will be via e-mail. Please keep your contact information up-to-date and ensure that your email spam filter allows you to receive messages from You may also view notices send to you by the City in the "My Applications" tab at
Department Selection Interview
A select number of candidates will be invited to a department selection interview being held in October 2018, date to be determined.


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