New job Fire Marshal in California

Fire Marshal

Company : City of Santa Maria, CA
Salary : $11,456 - $13,924 a month
Location : California

Full Description

Closing Date: 07/06/21 12:00 PM

Interview Date: 07/20/21

Second Interview Date: TBD

Desired Start Date: TBD

Please see the SELECTION PROCESS below for required attachment(s) to the electronic application. Applicants will not be able to "submit" the application, without first electronically attaching the required documents.

If you have further job-related questions, please contact Fire Administration at 805-925-0951 x2255. If you are experiencing any technical (computer related) difficulties, please call the NEOGOV help line for technical assistance at 1-855-524-5627.


The City of Santa Maria is a full-service City with a City Council/City Manager form of government with over 700 employees, an annual budget of approximately $222 million for FY 2020-21 and serves approximately 108,000 constituents. The City of Santa Maria is located on the beautiful central coast of California and covers over 23 square miles. The City has a harmonious balance of maintaining coastal and agricultural lands while promoting business. Santa Maria has been recognized nationally as an All-America City by the National Civic League and offers reasonably priced housing, community festivals, quality schools, and is in close proximity to beaches, cultural arts, a local airport, wineries, and higher education institutions.


Under general direction of assigned supervisor, responsible for fire prevention activities, enforcement of applicable life and safety codes and ordinances, and daily supervision of assigned staff. This position will oversee other department staff.

The Fire Marshal position is a Middle Manager role that provides safety inspection and public education, to carry out the mission of the preservation of life and protection of property within the City of Santa Maria. Their role enables the Santa Maria Fire Department to provide the highest quality service through prevention efforts.


The ideal candidate exhibits the following qualities:

  • Talent Development
  • Organizing & Planning
  • Organization Knowledge
  • Relationship Building
  • Results Orientation
  • Industry Knowledge
  • Written Communication
  • Financial Acumen
  • Change Agility
  • Technology Savvy


Fire Marshal

Due upon application:
  • Cover letter
  • Résumé


These duties are a representative example; position assignments may vary depending on the business needs of the department and organization. This position:

  • Is responsible for fire prevention activities, enforcement of applicable life and safety codes and ordinances, and daily supervision of assigned staff.
  • Participates in the development and implementation of department policies, goals, objectives and priorities.
  • Develops, supervises, recommends and implements a comprehensive fire prevention and loss management program.
  • Directs, trains, supervises and evaluates the activities and work assignments of assigned personnel; provides responsible staff assistance to the Fire Chief.
  • Evaluates existing fire safety conditions and federal, state and local codes applicable to fire safety and recommends policies, procedures, and ordinance revisions.
  • Develops and implements procedural methods and practices for reviewing plans, conducting inspections, and investigating fire loss incidents.
  • Checks building plans for compliance with current federal, state and local regulations.
  • Coordinates the activities of the Fire Prevention Division with other programs of the Fire Department.
  • Meets with architects, engineers, contractors and others involved in development and construction activities that affect fire loss management programs; determines maximum occupancy allowable for new businesses; etc.
  • Supervises and participates in the investigation of the cause and loss value of fire incidents.
  • Makes presentations before the City Council, city commissions, boards, committees and the general public on fire prevention matters; oversees and manages the Fire Department’s community outreach program.
  • Coordinates with the City’s risk management division to develop safety programs.
  • Oversees and participates in management of fire scene cause and origin investigations.
  • Manages the development and administration of the fire prevention division budget.
  • Responds to and resolves difficult and sensitive citizen inquiries and complaints.
  • Scope of assigned area will depend on departmental structure and is at the discretion of the Fire Chief.
  • Upholds the values of the organization and has strong customer service orientation.
  • Performs other related projects and duties as assigned.
  • Demonstrates regular, reliable and punctual attendance.


  • Ideally, five years of increasingly responsible experience in an agency providing prevention activities and inspection of structures for conformance to safety standards and systems including supervisory responsibility; and
  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with an associate’s degree in Fire Science is required;
  • A bachelor’s degree in Fire Science, Business Administration, Management, Public Administration or other related course of study, from an accredited educational institution, is desired.
  • Required licenses and/or certifications associated with the assignment, such as:
    • Completion of California State Fire Marshal Certification within eighteen (18) months of appointment required.
    • Possession of Fire Inspector II, Fire Investigator and Plans Examiner certifications within (18) eighteen months of appointment.
    • Hazardous Materials Specialist certification is desired.

      Possession of a valid and appropriate Driver License. Must have and maintain a satisfactory driving record and meet City liability requirements to drive for City business.

      • Requires completion of a background investigation to the satisfaction of the City.
      • The incumbent must meet the physical requirements of the job class and have mobility, balance, coordination, vision, hearing and dexterity levels appropriate to the duties to be performed.

      May require completion of a pre-employment physical to the satisfaction of the City.

      • Reasonable accommodation(s) for an individual with a qualified disability will be considered on a case-by-case basis.


The completed electronic application packet will include the online application and electronic attachments of a cover letter, resume.

If you are experiencing any technical (computer related) difficulties or need help with attaching documents to your application, please call the NEOGOV help line for assistance at 1-855-524-5627.

The most qualified candidates will be selected to appear before a panel for an oral interview. Those applicants invited to interview will be notified electronically at the e-mail address provided by each candidate through application process. Therefore, it is the applicant's responsibility to provide an accurate email address and to allow their inbox to receive emails in regard to this recruitment. A tentative oral interview date has been scheduled for July 20, 2021. The oral board will recommend a limited number of candidates to the eligibility list from which the new Fire Marshal may be selected.

A "No Smoking" policy has been adopted in all City facilities to promote a health-based, smoke-free work place as part of the City's commitment to a pollution-free environment.

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