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Salary: $4,344.00 - $5,761.00
Posted: 12/17/2012

Job Description:


The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) is California's fire department and resource management agency. The organization is comprised of nearly 8,000 permanent and seasonal employees. The mission of the Department is to serve and safeguard the people and protect the property and resources of California.

CAL FIRE is an equal opportunity employer, providing equal opportunity to all regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, marital status, disability, religious or political affiliation, age or sexual orientation. CAL FIRE offers well-paying careers and opportunities for advancement.

When you join CAL FIRE, you join a family of employees that function as a team. You will build trust and friendship with your co-workers, as together you respond to emergencies and challenging situations. CAL FIRE provides employees with a variety of career choices and opportunities. We hope that you will consider a rewarding and challenging career with CAL FIRE!


Under the close supervision of the Deputy State Fire Marshal III (Supervisor), performs specialized inspection work under specific contracts; enforces all laws and regulations of the State Fire Marshal, including fire prevention engineering, education, enforcement and planning. Inspection and law enforcement functions also include fireworks and fire extinguisher programs, court appearances, and performance in emergency activities through the California Emergency Management Agency.

  • 30% *Enforces regulations in all state owned/occupied structures according to established inspection priority schedule; meet with occupants to assist in compliance; assist in development of alternate means of protection requests to the Division Chief in accordance with established policy.

  • 30% *Review plans and specifications for compliance with adopted regulations and standards; meet with architects, engineers and project managers, field inspection of site during construction; witness acceptance tests of fire alarm, sprinkler systems, Halon, and other suppression systems; conduct final walk through inspection and fire clearance. Prepares letters of instruction and recommendation to building owners; maintains records of inspections, enforcement and compliance with State Fire Marshal laws and regulations; prepares workload and inspection activity reports for supervisor; attends meetings of fire prevention groups to give fire prevention talks; conducts informal hearings and prepares cases for court, as required.

  • 10%*Administer State Fire Marshal adopted regulations and Health & Safety Code Section 13145, 13146.1, 13146.2 for all detention facilities, schools, R-1 occupancies within State Fire Marshal jurisdiction and assist local authorities having jurisdiction.

  • 10% *Conducts specialized fire and life safety inspections of facilities, such as Hazardous Occupancies, Public Assemblies, Colleges and Universities and obtains compliance through fire protection engineering, education, and enforcement; conducts enforcement activities in the area of Fire Extinguisher Regulations, Fireworks Regulations, and fire cause investigations. May be required to administer and proctor Portable Fire Extinguisher Exams in the absence of a DSFM III (Supervisor).

  • 10% Provides specialized fire protection consulting, plan review and field inspections to other state agencies such as Division of the State Architect, CalTrans, Trustees of California State University, State Fairs, and other political entities as requested by contract, plan review and field inspections.

  • 5% Performs fire cause and investigations; administers fire extinguisher and pyrotechnic exams in branch offices; conduct/administer course of instruction in accordance with H&S 13105.5 and other related subjects. Represents the California State Fire Marshal at meetings of and speaks to fire services organizations and associations, local government, industry groups, public organizations, etc.

  • 5%*Enforce State Fire Marshal regulations for all specialized contracts such as Department of Transportation, Board of Corrections, Department of Corrections, State Universities, the UC Regents, Department of Health Services; performs function of local fire marshal for contract cities and counties.

*These are the essential functions for this position. Essential functions are those functions that the individual who holds the position must be able to perform unaided or with the assistance of a reasonable accommodation.


Include position number 544-534-9086-033 and working title in the Job Title Section of the Examination and/or Employment Application (STD. 678). Send your completed STD. 678 and resume to CAL FIRE Office of the State Fire Marshal, Attention: Ernie Paez, P.O. Box 944246, Sacramento, California 94244-2460.

Additional Information:

Working Title Position Number
Deputy State Fire Marshal 544 - 534 - 9086 - 033
Location County
Timebase Tenure
Full Time Permanent   month(s)
Final Filing Date: Department Link:
Contact Unit/Address Contact Name/Phone
State Fire Marshal
PO Box 944246
Sacramento, 94244-2460
Ernie Paez
(626) 705-7636

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The State of California is an equal opportunity employer to all, regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability (mental and physical), exercising the right to family care and medical leave, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religious creed, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), and sexual orientation.