What is a Fire Inspector?

Also known as: Fire Protection Specialist, Fire Prevention Specialist, Fire Safety Inspector, Fire Prevention Inspector, Fire Protection Inspector.

Fire inspectors visit and inspect buildings and other structures, such as sports arenas and shopping malls, to search for fire hazards and to ensure that federal, state, and local fire codes are met. They also test and inspect fire protection and fire extinguishing equipment to ensure that it works. Fire inspectors work both in offices and in the field. In the field, inspectors examine public buildings and multi-family residential buildings.

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What does a Fire Inspector do?

Fire inspectors typically do the following:

  • Search for fire hazards
  • Ensure that buildings comply with fire codes
  • Test fire alarms, sprinklers, and other fire protection and extinguishing equipment
  • Inspect equipment such as gasoline storage tanks and air compressors
  • Review emergency evacuation plans
  • Conduct follow-up visits when an infraction is found
  • Confer with developers and planners to review plans for residential and commercial buildings
  • Conduct fire and life safety education programs
  • Keep detailed records that can be used in a court of law

Forest fire inspectors and prevention specialists assess fire hazards in both public and residential areas. They look for issues that pose a wildfire risk and recommend ways to reduce the fire hazard. During patrols, they ensure that the public is following fire regulations and report fire conditions to central command.

What is the workplace of a Fire Inspector like?

Most fire inspectors work for state and local fire departments and law enforcement agencies, although some work for private companies and organizations, such as insurance companies or an attorney’s office. Fire inspectors work both in offices and in the field. In the field, inspectors examine public buildings and multi-family residential buildings. They may also visit and inspect other structures, such as arenas and industrial plants. Inspectors must usually wear a uniform. They may also need to wear protective clothing, such as boots, gloves, and a helmet, when working in the field.

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