Fire Inspector  What They Do

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Fire Inspectors Career Video



Inspects buildings and equipment to detect fire hazards and enforce state and local regulations.

This career is part of the Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security cluster Emergency and Fire Management Services pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Conducts inspections and acceptance testing of newly installed fire protection systems.
  • Inspects buildings to locate hazardous conditions and fire code violations, such as accumulations of combustible material, electrical wiring problems, and inadequate or non-functional fire exits.
  • Conducts fire code compliance follow-ups to ensure that corrective actions have been taken in cases where violations were found.
  • Inspects properties that store, handle, and use hazardous materials to ensure compliance with laws, codes, and regulations, and issues hazardous materials permits to facilities found in compliance.
  • Writes detailed reports of fire inspections performed, fire code violations observed, and corrective recommendations offered.
  • Identifies corrective actions necessary to bring properties into compliance with applicable fire codes, laws, regulations, and standards, and explains these measures to property owners or their representatives.
  • Develops or reviews fire exit plans.
  • Inspects and tests fire protection or fire detection systems to verify that such systems are installed in accordance with appropriate laws, codes, ordinances, regulations, and standards.
  • Attends training classes to maintain current knowledge of fire prevention, safety, and firefighting procedures.
  • Inspects liquefied petroleum installations, storage containers, and transportation and delivery systems for compliance with fire laws.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Exposure to pollutants, gases, dust, fumes, odors, poor ventilation, etc.
  • Lighting is either extremely bright or inadequate
  • Conditions are very hot (above 90 F) or very cold (under 32 F)
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation requires being outside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves walking or running more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Identifying color and seeing differences in color, including shades and brightness
  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Overtime work

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Deputy Fire Marshal -- Assists the Fire Marshal in investigations, inspections and public fire education programs and enforces city and state fire and safety laws.
  • Fire Code Inspector --
  • Fire Marshal -- Supervises and coordinates activities of firefighting personnel of industrial establishment and inspects equipment and premises to ensure adherence to fire regulations.
  • Fire Official --
  • Fire Prevention Inspector --
  • Fire Prevention Specialist --
  • Fire Protection Specialist --
  • Fire Safety Inspector --
  • Inspector --