Fire Prevention Inspector Career Information
Thanks for your interest in becoming a fire prevention inspector. Several fire departments throughout the state utilize fire inspectors for a myriad of tasks including: annual fire and life safety inspections, new building construction inspections, fire related building & site plan review, etc. Pursuing this type of career is both rewarding and interesting. Depending upon a person’s level of education, experience, and other related qualifications, preparation for a career in fire prevention may include the following:
Attending a local community college and passing the following fire technology classes:
a. Fire Protection Organization.
b. Fire Prevention Technology.
c. Fire Protection Equipment and Systems.
d. Building Construction for Fire Protection.
e. Fire Behavior and Combustion.
Note: These classes must be completed from an accredited California community college to count towards California State Fire Training Certification.
Once completed, another series of classes to take include;
Fire Inspector 1A- Duties and Administration
Fire Inspector 1B- Fire and Life Safety
Fire Inspector 1C- Field Inspection
Fire Inspector 1D- California Specific Codes
Fire Inspector 2A- Duties and Administration
Fire Inspector 2B- Fire and Life Safety Req.
Fire Inspector 2C- Systems and Equipment
Fire Inspector 2D- Haz-Mat Operations
Plans Examiner 1A- Building Plan Review
Plans Examiner 1B- Plan Review for Fire Protection and Life Safety Systems
Plans Examiner 1C- Plan Review for Hazardous and Special Operations
These classes will give a person the foundation in fire prevention that most California agencies look for, and minimize the training costs they have to incur. Another approach may be to take these courses and volunteer for a local agency. The City of Fresno, has a volunteer Fire Corps program. Please contact our office for additional information on becoming a Fire Corps volunteer.