Deputy Fire Marshal I / II

  • King County Department of Local Services, Permitting Division
  • Renton, WA
  • Nov 21, 2022
Full time Construction Engineering Government

Job Description


 **This Career Service recruitment will remain open until filled. Applications will be reviewed as received.

 In order to hire and maintain a quality workforce that reflects the diversity of the community and works well within our True North values-based organization, the Permitting Division of the Department of Local Services (DLS) is accepting applications for the position of Deputy Fire Marshal I / II.  
The primary focus of this position is to perform fire protection engineering review and site inspections.  Responsibilities include the review of building and land development permits, and the review of fire systems permits to ensure compliance with applicable fire and life safety codes. This includes reviewing construction documents and supporting engineering, interpreting and applying fire codes and standards, evaluating new materials, conducting formal meetings with clients virtually, in-person and in the field and performing site inspections. 

The Deputy Fire Marshal (DFM) I position works under the direction of the Fire Marshal or designee and is assigned standard reviews and inspections. The Deputy Fire Marshal II is a journey level position working independently and may be assigned complex reviews and inspections. Placement into the DFM I or II position depends on the experience, qualifications, knowledge, and skills described in that section.


To be considered for this opportunity, you must at a minimum, demonstrate knowledge, skill and ability to:  

Applying equity and social justice principles is a daily responsibility and a foundational expectation for all King County employees. In this role, you will apply equity and social justice principles that exemplify shared values, behaviors, and practices to all aspects of the work.

  • Review of fire, building and related permit applications documents to ensure construction proposals meet code requirements for life and safety, including fire, building, mechanical and other applicable codes.  
  • Perform field inspections on new and existing construction, fire protection systems, hazardous materials, and places of assembly to ensure fire, building, and other life safety requirements are met. 
  • Review building and land permits to ensure adequate fire department access and fire flow are provided.
  • Review fire system permits including fire sprinklers, alarms, monitoring systems, hydrants, and water supply systems.  
  • Provide direct customer assistance for the public, design professionals, property owners regarding fire and building code questions, their application, and the permit process.  
  • Receive and respond to complaints about buildings/construction from citizens, other agencies and jurisdictions, King County Council, and Executive staff.  
  • Communicate on the job in ways that reflects well upon King County, the County Executive, the department, and the incumbent.  
  • Exhibit and support a culture of superior customer service.  
  • Scrupulously honor commitments made to customers and others.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Additional Deputy Fire Marshal II Duties:

  • Occasionally perform scheduled, after-hours inspections, including weekends, to conduct inspections of events requiring special fire event permits. 
  • Interact with multiple fire districts to coordinate on fire safety issues and inspections.
  • Offer alternatives and initiate problem-solving conferences with owners, contractors, and design professionals.  


The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications:

  • Plans examination or inspection experience or education and experience in Fire Engineering and inspections or related field.  
  • Knowledge of the permitting process.
  • Skill in reading, interpreting, and explaining construction documents, specifications, codes, ordinances, and policies.  
  • Handle multiple competing priorities and producing quality detailed work within tight timeframes.
  • Working effectively and cooperatively with a variety of individuals from diverse backgrounds.  
  • Must work well in a fast-paced, results oriented, team environment with the ability to think quickly and independently.   
  • Strong communication skills, collaborative working style, and the ability to handle stressful situations in a positive manner.  
  • Experience with electronic review of construction documents.  

Additional Deputy Fire Marshal I Experience and Qualifications:

  • International Fire Code Certification within one year of employment 
  • Basic knowledge of national, state, and local building and fire codes and standards  
  • Basic knowledge in the review of fire protection system.  

Additional Deputy Fire Marshal II Experience and Qualifications:

  • International Fire Code Certification  
  • Demonstrated experience in the application and interpretation of national, state, and local building and fire codes and standards  
  • Knowledge of and demonstrated experience in the review of fire protection system.  
  • Conducting meetings with builders, professionals, or other customers to review construction, code, or other technical requirements.  

Our Most competitive Candidate Will Also Have:

  • ICC certification as a building inspector and/or plans examiner
  • Engineer or architect license or professional degree 


  • An offer of employment will be contingent on the success of a pre-employment physical examination.
  • Must be able to lift 20lbs.
  • Must have a valid Washington State driver's license.  
  • Must operate a motor vehicle safely throughout the County.
  • Must be able to use office equipment and software. 


Those applicants who pass the initial screening will be invited to interview the week of December 12th, 2022.

This recruitment may be used to fill vacancies for up to 6 months. Including career service, special duty assignments, STT and TLT opportunities.

Salary Information (depending on qualifications):

Deputy Fire Marshal I: $36.11 – $45.77 Hourly

Deputy Fire Marshal II: $40.65 – $51.53 Hourly

WHO MAY APPLY: This position is open to all qualified applicants. First consideration will be given to current PROTEC17 members in the same classification that are eligible for lateral transfer.

WORK SCHEDULE: The work week is normally Monday through Friday, 7.00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., but may at times require work outside of normal business hours. This full-time position is overtime eligible.
FORMS AND MATERIALS: The recruitment for this position is open to all applicants. A completed King County Application is required. We highly recommend that you also provide a cover letter and resume.

SELECTION PROCESS: Applicants will be screened for clarity, completeness, and competitiveness. The most competitive candidates may be invited to participate in one or more interviews.  Interviews will be conducted via Teams.  Reference checks and file reviews will be conducted.
For more information regarding this recruitment, please contact:
Vivienne Swai
   Human Resources Analyst

Covid-19 Vaccination Requirement
King County Executive Branch employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If you are the successful candidate for the position you applied for, the County will send you a conditional offer letter.
 As a condition of employment, prior to a final offer of employment, you will be required to:
 • submit proof of vaccination or
 • have an approved request for medical or religious exemption and an approved accommodation. Philosophical, political, scientific, or sociological objections to vaccination will not be considered for an exemption or accommodation.

People are considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks after receiving the final dose of a vaccination approved by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The Executive Branch includes employees in the Executive branch, the Assessor’s Office, Elections, the King County Sheriff’s Office, and the Executive Office.

Teleworking Requirement 
The work associated with this position will be performed by teleworking, field work, onsite work and meetings as needed. The responsibilities of this position may include regular and ongoing in-office work involving in person customer service in accordance with the division's available customer service options.
Employees will have access to shared workspaces at various King County facilities. Employees must reside in Washington state and within a reasonable distance to their King County worksite to respond to workplace reporting requirements.
Employees will be provided with a County issued laptop and must maintain a workspace with an internet connection (access may be supplemented in some situations) where they can reliably perform work and remain available and responsive during scheduled work hours. Please note that when an employee conducts work that is likely to bring them in contact with another individual, safety precautions are required, including the wearing of masks in some situations. King County is doing its part to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and remains committed to reducing our carbon footprint.
King County has a robust collection of tools and resources to support working remotely. The individual selected for this opportunity will be joining an innovative and progressive team that is redefining how we work as we transition to the department's hybrid environment.  
Forbes recently named King County as one of Washington State's best employers. 
Together, with leadership and our employees, we're changing the way government delivers service and winning national recognition as a model of excellence. Are you ready to make a difference? Come join the team dedicated to serving one of the nation's best places to live, work and play. 
Guided by our "True North", we are making King County a welcoming community where every person can thrive. We value diversity, inclusion and belonging in our workplace and workforce. To reach this goal we are committed to workforce equity. Equitable recruiting, support, and retention is how we will obtain the highest quality workforce in our region; a workforce that shares and will help advance our guiding principles--we are one team; we solve problems; we focus on the customer; we drive for results; we are racially just; we respect all people; we lead the way; and we are responsible stewards. We encourage people of all backgrounds and identities to apply, including Native American and people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ+, people living with disabilities, and veterans.
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Building-Construction Inspection, Civil & Structural Engineering



$36.11 - $51.53 Hourly (Depends on Qualifications)

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