Fire Inspector

Assess buildings to see if they're safe from fires.

What does a Fire Inspector do?

The location of a Fire Inspector’s job changes from day to day, but the responsibilities remain the same. Your job as a Fire Inspector is to ensure that buildings are built to code and have the proper safety features. You also fine violators, and revisit sites to make sure the required changes were made.

A Fire Inspector comes in at different phases of a project. Contractors, Engineers, and Architects consult with you regarding new construction plans. You ensure, for example, that the doors swing in the right direction, the windows are the correct width, and the sprinkler systems are in place. When the project reaches completion, you make sure there are enough smoke alarms, and that heating and wiring systems are properly installed.

For large venues, such as community concert halls, you inspect the stage, buildings, and systems; advise staff on proper usage; and formulate an escape plan in case of an emergency. You also regularly inspect businesses that work with flammable substances, such as gas stations.

In addition to structural inspections, you are called to fires where arson is suspected. You contribute your knowledge to the team of Investigators, and write up a report on your findings.

In small towns, you might also hold the title of Fire Chief or Firefighter. You might even have law enforcement training. Whatever road you take towards this position though, you have a strong background in fire safety, building structures, electricity, and chemicals. You are vigilant about details, communicate clearly, and take pride in your work.