Walker County Fire Rescue (WCFR) is currently accepting applications for the position of Fire Inspector/Investigator. The hourly pay range is $18.25 to $20.25 (based on a 40-hour work week). Applications will be received until the position is filled.
The Fire Inspector/ Investigator is responsible for the protection of lives and property within the jurisdiction of Walker County Fire Rescue and for the organization’s direction of all fire rescue functions. The position ranks below the Fire Marshal in authority. He/She consults with the Fire Marshal concerning all incident action plans, procedures, and policies; however, is expected to function independently of direct supervision with respects to technical fire and rescue procedures and practices.
- Shall assist with putting into effect the policies and procedures of the department.
- Respond to alarms and other emergencies as required by the Chief and may assume command.
- Make investigations and keep fully informed of conditions within such activity, heed all evidence of neglect, personnel problems or inefficiency and take corrective action as required and promptly report such actions to the Fire Marshal.
- Prepare and submit reports and records as required by the Fire marshal.
- Respond to any incident as requested or when a loss of life due to fire or disaster has occurred.
- Conduct fire inspections of all county buildings required by codes, maintains and files reports as required by the county, state and/or federal government.
- Must have a knowledge and understanding of basic investigation practices and the ability to deal with contractors and proprietors.
- Shall assist with all aspects of Public Education and Prevention.
- Work well with the public and have sufficient knowledge to handle any questions in regard to the responsibilities.
- Establish a good working relationship with the Walker County Sheriff’s Department and the various police departments in the county.
- Establish and maintain a good working relationship with all water departments and the Zoning and Planning Commission.
- Other duties as assigned. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.
- Select, assign, train, and lead subordinates.
- Maintain effective discipline and morale.
- Keep records and prepare reports; establish and maintain effective working relationships coworkers, other officials and the public.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCES
- Must have experience with the Incident Command System and the Insurance Services Office (ISO) Grading Schedule.
- Must have the ability to establish outside contacts for assistance in fire prevention education and investigation.
- Shall have and/or obtain Georgia certifications as a Fire Inspector, Fire Investigator, and Fire and Life Safety Educator.
- Accredited College Degree in a related field preferred.
- May substitute a combination of training, experience and/or education for the above requirements at the discretion of the Fire Chief.
SKILLS AND ABILITIES
- Comprehensive knowledge of modern methods of fire, rescue, and public safety administration; principles and practices of fire suppression and rescue.
- Understanding of departmental rules and regulations (SOGs); county geography, fire hazards and fire rescue resources, water supply and communications; state and county fire prevention laws, codes, and regulations; emergency medical care; training methods.
- Have knowledge and experience in the area of administrative procedures and non-discriminatory management techniques.
- Ability to plan and direct fire and rescue activities; operate all types of fire and rescue equipment and apparatus.
- Exercise judgment in evaluating situations and making sound decisions; enforce regulations firmly, tactfully, and impartially.
- Must be able to obtain state certification and shall be deputized as a State Fire Marshal.
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS
- Georgia certifications as a Fire Inspector, Fire Investigator, and Fire and Life Safety Educator.
- All certifications must be obtained within the specified time set forth by the Chief of the department.
- Must possess a valid Georgia Driver’s license and proof of insurance.
- Must meet the current requirements set forth by the National Fire Protection Association and the Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Act.
- Must be able to obtain CPR.
- The work is heavy to very heavy work, which includes exerting in excess of 100 pounds of force occasionally and/or in excess of 50 pounds of force frequently, and/or in excess of 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects.
- Balancing: Maintaining body equilibrium to prevent falling while walking, standing, or crouching on narrow, slippery, or erratically moving surfaces. The amount of balancing exceeds that needed for ordinary locomotion and maintenance of body equilibrium.
- Climbing: Ascending or descending ladders, stairs, scaffolding, ramps, poles and the like, using feet and legs and/or hands and arms. Body agility is emphasized.
- Crawling: Moving about on hands and knees or hands and feet.
- Crouching: Bending the body downward and forward by bending leg and spine.
- Feeling: Perceiving attributes of objects, such as size, shape, temperature or texture by touching with skin, particularly that of fingertips.
- Fingering: Picking, pinching, typing, or otherwise working, primarily with fingers rather than with the whole hand as in handling.
- Grasping: Applying pressure to an object with the fingers and palm
- Handling: Picking, holding, or otherwise working, primarily with the whole hand
- Hearing 1: Perceiving the nature of sounds at normal speaking levels with or without correction. Ability to receive detailed information through oral communication, and to make the discrimination in sound.
- Hearing 2: Ability to receive detailed information through oral communication, and to make the discrimination in sound.
- Kneeling: Bending legs at knee to come to a rest on knee or knees.
- Lifting: Raising objects from a lower to a higher position or moving objects horizontally from position-to-position. Occurs to a considerable degree and requires substantial use of upper extremities and back muscles.
- Mental Acuity: Ability to make rational decisions through sound logic and deductive processes.
- Pulling: Using upper extremities to exert force in order to draw haul or tug objects in a sustained motion.
- Pushing: Using upper extremities to press against something with steady force in order to thrust forward, downward, or outward.
- Reaching: Extending hand(s) and arm(s) in any direction.
- Repetitive Motion: Substantial movements (motions) of the wrist, hands, and/or fingers.
- Speaking: Expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word including the ability to convey detailed or important spoken instructions to other workers accurately and concisely.
- Standing: Particularly for sustained periods of time.
- Stooping: Bending body downward and forward by bending spine at the waist. Occurs to a considerable degree and requires full motion of the lower extremities and back muscles.
- Talking 1: Expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word including those activities in which they must convey detailed or important spoken instructions to other workers accurately, loudly, or quickly.
- Talking 2: Shouting in order to be heard above ambient noise level.
- Visual Acuity 1: Have close visual acuity to perform an activity Such as preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal; and/or extensive reading.
- Visual Acuity 2: Including color, depth perception, and field vision.
- Visual Acuity 3: Visual Acuity to determine the accuracy, neatness, and thoroughness of the work assigned or to make general observations of facilities or structures.
- Visual Acuity 4: Have visual acuity to operate motor vehicles and/or heavy equipment.
- Visual Acuity 5: Have close visual acuity to perform an activity Such as visual inspection involving small defects, small parts, operation of machines; using measurement devices; and/or assembly or fabrication parts at distances close to the eyes.
- Walking: Moving about on foot to accomplish tasks, particularly for long distances or moving from one work site to another.
- This job is performed primarily in office, vehicles, and outdoor settings, in all weather conditions, including temperature extremes, during day and night shifts.
- Work is often performed in emergency and stressful situations. Individual is exposed to hearing alarms and hazards associated with fighting fires and rendering emergency medical assistance, including smoke, noxious odors, fumes, chemicals, liquid chemicals, solvents, and oils.
- The employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts and in high, precarious places and is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, risks of electrical shock, and vibration.
- Possible exposure to blood-borne pathogens in body fluids.
- The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet in office settings, and loud at emergency scenes.
STANDARDS FOR MEASURING PERFORMANCE
- Successful development and implementation of objectives; continuous growth in service provided.
- Appropriate and positive interaction with staff, management, volunteers, community groups and professional associates.
- Accomplishment of job functions in effective and timely manner.
- Proficiency in oral and written communication.
- Effectiveness in establishing priorities, working on multiple assignments and concurrent projects.
- Exercise of sound judgment in the absence of specific guidelines.
- Demonstrated ability to thoroughly analyze problems; to meet demanding and changing deadlines in spite of interruptions.
- Achievement of budgeted expense goals.
- Adherence to established policies and procedures.
To apply for this position, click here to access the application packet. Fill it out and send the application packet, a resume and cover letter to:
Walker County Government
c/o Tabitha Cantrell, Human Resources Department
P.O. Box 445
LaFayette, GA 30728
You may also e-mail your resume, cover letter and application packet forms to Tabitha Cantrell.