Date: Apr 10, 2024

Location: Durham, NC, US, 27701

Company: Durham County

Durham County Government employs approximately 1,900 employees that work towards providing needed services throughout the community. With a wide array of services, Durham County Government is at the heart of a rapidly growing and diverse area offering residents, employees and visitors exciting opportunities to live, work, grow and play. For more information about Durham County Government, visit






Fire Marshal/Emergency Mgmt

DATE POSTED:         


March 12, 2024

CLOSING DATE:           


Open Until Filled



$63,819 -$108,748







Job posting subject to close at anytime.




The work performed is responsible protective services activities in firefighting, community risk reduction, fire prevention and life safety education, plan review, emergency vehicle driving, fire code administration and permitting, fire origin and cause investigation.



This position works under the direction of the Chief Fire Marshal of the Fire Marshal Division



•    Fire Inspector – inspects and evaluates public, commercial, and residential structures to ensure compliance with jurisdiction, state and federal fire codes and ordinances. Conducts inspections for compliance with jurisdiction, state, and federal regulations. Issues permits.


• Plans Examiner - Responds to fire code, law, and life safety inquiries from citizens. Reviews and evaluates routine and detailed building plans, site plans, and fire protection system plans in terms of fire code and life safety criteria.

• Fire Life Safety Educator - Schedules and conducts age- and audience-appropriate programs of instruction on community risk reduction with a focus on fire and life safety issues using prepared materials with identified objectives.

• Fire Investigator – The fire investigator is responsible to assist with investigations of fire events to determine origin and cause, conduct fire death investigations, collection of evidence, writing comprehensive reports, and working with law enforcement, interviewing witnesses, or involved persons who may possess information or knowledge pertaining to incident under investigation and provides testimony in court or other legal settings.

• Emergency Vehicle Driver - Operate a fire apparatus so that the vehicle is operated in compliance with all applicable state and local laws and departmental rules and regulations.

• Fire Officer - Assist with implementation of a community risk reduction (CRR) plan so that a community need is addressed.


• Fire Instructor - Assemble course materials, schedule single instructional sessions, complete training records and reports.

• Participates in Emergency Operations Center (EOC) activations during disasters and emergencies.

• Performs other duties as assigned.


• Position requires knowledge of the principles, practices, and techniques of modern suppression systems and fire prevention practices and must also possess the ability to apply this knowledge to fire prevention laws and ordinances, principles of public administration and code enforcement.

• Position requires basic knowledge of fire codes and laws: basic knowledge of the principles, techniques, and design of fixed fire suppression and detection systems; and the ability to read and interpret plans and blueprints.

• Must be able to make mathematical calculations. Position requires the ability to speak and deal tactfully and effectively with people he/she comes in contact; communicate orally and in writing to analyze the concepts necessary for accomplishment of required written and oral records and reports; and exhibit an ability to positively represent the department and jurisdiction in the community at large.

• Position requires knowledge of fire ground hazards, types of evidence, importance of fire scene security, evidence preservation and issues relating to spoilation. Position must be knowledgeable of the types of building construction and the effects of fire on construction materials, types of evidence commonly found in the perimeter, evidence preservation methods, the effects of fire suppression, fire behavior and spread, fire patterns, and a basic awareness of the dangers of hazardous materials.

• Assist with compiling, organizing, and storing printed or electronic information.


• Effective verbal and written communication skills.

• Must be available for call-back during significant emergencies and disasters.

• Position requires on-call status for fire investigations.


Requires an associate degree in Fire Prevention, Fire Science or related field and four years of fire services or related experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. A valid North Carolina Driver’s License and “safe” driving record is required.


North Carolina Fire Inspector Standard Level I

North Carolina Firefighter Level II

North Carolina Hazardous Materials Operations

Emergency Vehicle Driver





Durham County Government is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Nearest Major Market: Durham
Nearest Secondary Market: Raleigh