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City of Reno, NV Fire Marshal in Reno, Nevada

Fire Marshal

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Fire Marshal

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Classification Description Summary

Plan, organize, direct manage and oversee the activities and operations of the Fire Prevention Division including all activities involving fire prevention, investigation and inspection of commercial, industrial and residential property; coordinate with other city departments and outside agencies. An incumbent in this classification exercises independent judgment and discretion; is responsible for administration, formulating policy, developing goals and objectives, managing staff, administering the budget of the Division and for overall direction of all fire prevention and public education activities.


Receives general administrative direction from the Fire Chief.

Exercises direct supervision over supervisory, professional, technical and clerical staff.

Essential Functions

Essential responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

Manage all services and activities of the Fire Prevention Division, including fire prevention and inspections of commercial, industrial and residential property; assign, supervise and review inspection and enforcement work performed by personnel; recommend and administer policies and procedures;

Direct and participate in the enforcement of city, county and state fire prevention codes;

Direct the investigation of fire scenes to determine cause; study investigation results and recommend preventative measures;

Assist in developing and implementing goals, objectives, regulations, policies and priorities for the division; identify resource needs; recommend the implementation of policies and procedures;

Select supervisory, technical and support staff and ensure effective morale, productivity and discipline; plan, organize, administer, review and evaluate the activities and performance of staff directly and through subordinate supervisors; work with staff to establish work priorities and schedules; interpret city policies and procedures for staff; prepare and conduct formal performance evaluations; work with employees to develop short and long term goals, monitor accomplishments, establish performance requirements and personal development targets and provide coaching for performance improvement and development.

Establish, within city policy, appropriate service and staffing levels; monitor and evaluate efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods and procedures; allocate resources accordingly;

Assess and monitor work load, administrative and support systems, and internal reporting relationships; identify opportunities for improvement, direct and implement changes.

Participate in the development and administration of the division budget; provide a forecast of funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; approve expenditures and implement budgetary adjustments as appropriate and necessary.

Inspect various facilities including schools, hospitals, factories and buildings to ensure adherence to fire safety standards.

Develop and implement procedural methods and practices for reviewing plans, conducting inspections, investigating incidents and related activities as required; provide staff with continued technical support and training as required.

Oversee and direct fire prevention education program and specialized educational programs for the public to discourage arson, eliminate fire hazards in homes and buildings and that stress safety; review and assess available educational programs.

Represent the Fire Marshal's Office to other city departments, elected officials and outside agencies; coordinate Fire Marshal's activities with those of other departments and outside agencies and organizations. Consult with architects, builders, engineers and developers on matters pertaining to fire protection and fire safety requirements;

Perform assigned administrative functions. Provide staff assistance to the Fire Chief or designee; participate on a variety of boards, commissions and committees' prepare and present staff reports and other necessary correspondence.

Respond to and resolve difficult and sensitive citizen inquiries and complaints.


Knowledge of:

Operations, services and activities of a comprehensive fire prevention and inspection program.

Operational characteristics, services and activities of a comprehensive fire operation and emergency medical services programs.

Principles, practices and procedures of fire prevention, operation and emergency medical services.

Current City Council-adopted fire and building codes.

National Fire Protection Association standards.

Mechanical, chemical and related characteristics of a wide variety of flammable and explosive materials and objects.

Department policies, rules and regulations.

Local geography including the location of water mains and hydrants and major fire hazards of the city.

Management skills to analyze programs, policies and operational needs.

Principles and practices of program development and administration.

Principles and practices of municipal budget preparation and administration.

Principles of supervision, training and performance evaluations.

Pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes and regulations.

Ability to:

Plan, organize, direct and coordinate the work of assigned staff.

Select, manage, train and evaluate staff.

Delegate authority and responsibility.

Direct and manage operations, services and activities of the Fire Prevention Division.

Interpret and explain city fire operation, prevention and emergency medical policies and procedures.

Conduct training on fire prevention.

Make sound decisions in accordance with laws, regulations and policies.

Conduct thorough fact-finding investigations and enforce regulations firmly, tactfully and impartially.

Identify and respond to community and City Council issues, concerns and needs.

Develop and administer departmental goals, objectives and procedures.

Prepare clear and concise administrative and financial reports.

Prepare and administer large and complex budgets.

Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions and implement recommendations in support of goals.

Research, analyze and evaluate new service delivery methods and techniques.

Interpret and apply federal, state and local policies, laws and regulations.

Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

Coordinate multiple projects and complex tasks simultaneously.

Develop creative and practical solutions to complex and difficult problems.

Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Work in a team based environment and establish common goals.

Meet the physical requirements to safely and effectively perform the assigned duties.

Minimum Qualifications

Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:


Five years experience as a Fire Prevention Captain or Fire Marshal employed by an urban fire department that is comparable to the City of Reno.


A Bachelor's degree in fire science, fire administration, business administration or a related field.

License or Certificate:

Possession of a valid class 3 driver's license on the date of application.

Certification as a Fire Inspector I, Fire Inspector II and Plans Examiner from a nationally recognized certification board i.e. ICC, NFPA, DOD, IFSAC etc.

To maintain his/her position the Fire Marshal must acquire the Certified Fire Investigator I certificate from the Nevada State Fire Marshal's office within two (2) years of appointment or the Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator certificate through the National Association of Fire Investigators within three (3) years of appointment or the Certified Fire Investigator certificate through the International Association of Investigators.

Supplemental Information


Last Update: 11/17/2016

JD 11/2018

No state income tax.

Nevada PERS retirement plan fully paid by the City. Vesting in 5 years.

No social security participation, but Medicare deduction required (1.45%).

City paid medical, dental and vision and life insurance coverage for employee. City pays a substantial amount for dependent coverage.

City paid life insurance.

Thirteen paid holidays.

Deferred compensation plans 457 and 401 (a) available.

Vacation and Sick leave available.

City paid long term disability insurance.


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