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Career Details :: Fire Inspectors
Inspect buildings and equipment to detect fire hazards and enforce state and local regulations.
Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience may be helpful in these occupations, but usually is not needed. For example, a drywall installer might benefit from experience installing drywall, but an inexperienced person could still learn to be an installer with little difficulty.
These occupations usually require a high school diploma and may require some vocational training or job-related course work. In some cases, an associate's or bachelor's degree could be needed.
Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees.
- Inspects interiors and exteriors of buildings to detect hazardous conditions or violations of fire codes.
- Issues permits and summons and enforces fire codes.
- Tests equipment, such as gasoline storage tanks, air compressors, and fire-extinguishing and fire-protection equipment to ensure conformance to fire and safety codes.
- Discusses violations and unsafe conditions with facility representative, makes recommendations, and instructs in fire-safety practices.
- Prepares reports, such as inspections performed, code violations, and recommendations for eliminating fire hazards.
- Gives first aid in emergencies.
- Collects fees for permits and licenses.
- Fire Investigators
- Government Property Inspectors and Investigators
- Immigration and Customs Inspectors
- Motor Vehicle Inspectors
- Occupational Health and Safety Specialists
- Private Detectives and Investigators
- Product Safety Engineers
General Work Activities
- Inspecting Equipment, Structures, Material
- Evaluating Information Against Standards
- Communicating With Persons Outside Organization
- Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
- Provide Consultation & Advice to Others
Frequent Work Context
- Consequence of Error
- Responsible for Others' Health & Safety
- Importance of Being Sure All Is Done
- Importance of Being Exact or Accurate
- Job-Required Social Interaction