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Fire Inspectors - 33-2021.01

O*NET-SOC Description

Inspect buildings and equipment to detect fire hazards and enforce state and local regulations.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Deputy Fire Marshal
  • Fire Code Inspector
  • Fire Inspector
  • Fire Marshal
  • Fire Official
  • Fire Prevention Inspector
  • Fire Prevention Specialist
  • Fire Protection Specialist
  • Fire Safety Inspector
  • Inspector

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations


  • Arrange for the replacement of defective fire fighting equipment and for repair of fire alarm and sprinkler systems, making minor repairs such as servicing fire extinguishers when feasible.
  • Attend training classes to maintain current knowledge of fire prevention, safety, and firefighting procedures.
  • Collect fees for permits and licenses.
  • Conduct fire code compliance follow-ups to ensure that corrective actions have been taken in cases where violations were found.
  • Conduct fire exit drills to monitor and evaluate evacuation procedures.
  • Conduct inspections and acceptance testing of newly installed fire protection systems.
  • Develop and coordinate fire prevention programs, such as false alarm billing, fire inspection reporting, and hazardous materials management.
  • Develop or review fire exit plans.
  • Identify corrective actions necessary to bring properties into compliance with applicable fire codes, laws, regulations, and standards, and explain these measures to property owners or their representatives.
  • Inspect and test fire protection or fire detection systems to verify that such systems are installed in accordance with appropriate laws, codes, ordinances, regulations, and standards.
  • Inspect buildings to locate hazardous conditions and fire code violations, such as accumulations of combustible material, electrical wiring problems, and inadequate or non-functional fire exits.
  • Inspect liquefied petroleum installations, storage containers, and transportation and delivery systems for compliance with fire laws.
  • Inspect properties that store, handle, and use hazardous materials to ensure compliance with laws, codes, and regulations, and issue hazardous materials permits to facilities found in compliance.
  • Investigate causes of fires, collecting and preparing evidence and presenting it in court when necessary.
  • Issue permits for public assemblies.
  • Present and explain fire code requirements and fire prevention information to architects, contractors, attorneys, engineers, developers, fire service personnel, and the general public.
  • Recommend changes to fire prevention, inspection, and fire code endorsement procedures.
  • Review blueprints and plans for new or remodeled buildings to ensure the structures meet fire safety codes.
  • Search for clues as to the cause of a fire, once the fire is completely extinguished.
  • Serve court appearance summonses or condemnation notices on parties responsible for violations of fire codes, laws, and ordinances.
  • Supervise staff, training them, planning their work, and evaluating their performance.
  • Teach public education programs on fire safety and prevention.
  • Testify in court regarding fire code and fire safety issues.
  • Write detailed reports of fire inspections performed, fire code violations observed, and corrective recommendations offered.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Attend training to learn new skills or update knowledge.
  • Develop fire safety or prevention programs or plans.
  • Direct fire fighting or prevention activities.
  • Educate the public about fire safety or prevention.
  • Evaluate employee performance.
  • Examine debris to obtain information about causes of fires.
  • Identify actions needed to bring properties or facilities into compliance with regulations.
  • Inform others about laws or regulations.
  • Inspect equipment to ensure safety or proper functioning.
  • Inspect facilities to ensure compliance with fire regulations.
  • Inspect facilities to ensure compliance with security or safety regulations.
  • Issue permits or other legal documents.
  • Maintain fire fighting tools or equipment.
  • Provide safety training.
  • Recommend improvements to increase safety or reduce risks.
  • Review documents or materials for compliance with policies or regulations.
  • Serve court ordered documents.
  • Testify at legal or legislative proceedings.
  • Train employees in proper work procedures.
  • Write operational reports.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Aviation Boatswain's Mate, Aircraft Handling (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Cannon Crewmember (Army - Enlisted)
  • Cavalry Scout (Army - Enlisted)
  • Combat Engineer (Army - Enlisted)
  • Combat Medic Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Damage Controlman (Coast Guard - Enlisted)
  • Damage Controlman (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Expeditionary Airfield Systems Technician (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Fire Protection (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Fire Protection Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Fire Protection Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Fire Protection Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Fire Protection Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Fire Protection Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Firefighter (Army - Enlisted)
  • Infantryman (Army - Enlisted)
  • Intelligence Analyst (Army - Enlisted)
  • M1 Armor Crewman (Army - Enlisted)
  • Military Police (Army - Enlisted)
  • Small Arms Repairer/Technician (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Unit Supply Specialist (Army - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

  • Fire Inspector

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Building Inspector
  • Fire Inspector
  • Fire-Extinguisher-Sprinkler Inspector