Current Job Opportunities

Job Title: Fire Marshall
Department: Chelan County
Job Type: Exempt
Salary: $ 65,000.00 - $ 85,000.00 / Annually  
Posted: April 17, 2017
Position open until filled.

Job Location

Chelan County
350 Orondo Ave
Wenatchee, WA 98801


The current vacancy in the Fire Marshal Department is a full-time, non-represented, exempt position with benefits expected to begin as soon as possible.  This is an appointed position reporting directly to the Board of County Commissioners.  First review of the applications will be May 12th and continue until a suitable candidate has been found.



The Fire Marshall is responsible for the below essential functions, fire prevention activities and working with various stakeholder groups to ensure fire and life safety of the citizens of Chelan County.


Administration and Supervision

  1. Supervise assigned staff to include: Working with HR for recruitment, discipline, and terminations; performance evaluations; approval of hours worked & time off; creation of work schedules/assignments; training and professional development.
  2. Develop and manage annual department budget;
  3. Develop and manage sub-contracts as necessary to effect programs;
  4. Coordinate necessary training;
  5. Develop County programming related to the following responsibilities.

Fire Investigation

  1. Coordinate investigation of fires for cause & origin at the scene, both structure and wildland
  2. Coordinate with on scene command
  3. Provide detailed reports for fire scene investigations
  4. Process and maintain evidence for criminal investigations in conjunction with law enforcement
  5. Determine if additional investigators are required for fire scenes
  6. Create and  implement  departmental  policy  and  procedures  in  regards  to  safety,  process  and administration

Code Compliance

  1. Coordinate fire safety inspections of businesses (conduct inspections as needed)
  2. Coordinate inspections of public buildings for fire & life safety (when required)
  3. Investigate complaints of alleged fire code violations and implement enforcement actions
  4. Organize & maintain tracking system for fire code compliance

Community Wildfire Planning and Implementation

  1. Participate in the development and update of community wildfire protection plans and other related wildfire planning effortsCarry out activities under the Firewise Communities program to provide to homeowners education and assistance with implementing techniques in home siting, home construction, and home landscaping that can increase the protection of people and property from wildfires

Code Development

Work with Fire districts, Chelan County Department of Community development and other stakeholder groups on Code updates and developmentFacilitate Code Development Committees (as needed or directed)

Supervise Plans Review for Fire Code Compliance

  1. Responsible for review of all adopted fire regulations
  2. Coordinate with Community Development in the review and approval of applicable land use and building permits.
  3. Coordinate with Fire Districts (as needed)

Oversee Inspections of New Construction for Fire Code Compliance

  1. Coordinate/perform Field inspections for construction (as required)

  2. Be available to Community Development and public re: new applications, pre-application meetings.

  3. Authorize Issuance of Stop Work Orderswhen appropriate

Coordination with Fire Districts

  1. Attend & participate in County Fire Chief meetings and other coordination meetings as necessary.

  2. Provide information & training on emerging laws and policies

  3. Facilitate Fire&Life Safety educationalmeetings&workshops and coordinate with Fire Districts.

  4. Assist with campaigns and prepare displays fo revents; representation at safety fairs and home shows to increase awareness of firecode issues

  5. Create partnerships with various community associations andorganizations

This job description is a summary of the primary functions and expectations for this position.  Additional department- related duties may be assigned.


  1. Extensive knowledge of modern fire prevention principles, procedures, techniques; equipment, building, electrical, mechanical and fire codes; inspection techniques; first aid
  2. Proficient with computer systems, including Microsoft Office software and the ability to learn/use other associated department-specific software

  3. Ability to plan, organize, and monitor activities according to priorities, established schedules, and deadlines.

  4. Ability to create and/or maintain an employee safety program, to include training and compliance

  5. Effectively interpret and apply laws, regulations, policies

  6. Manage stressful situations with a calm manner

  7. Ability to follow verbal and written instructions

  8. Ability to communicate in a clear and concise manner, with tact and diplomacy, in verbal and written format, to promote understanding and cooperation with a diverse population

  9. Ability to establish professional and cooperative working relationships with employees, other agencies, and the public

  10. Ability to present a wide variety of technical concepts to audiences ranging from laypeople to professional technicians and top level executives

  11. Make funding decisions and recommendations, create/manage a budget, and obtain/manage grants

  12. Must be engaged and self-motivated


    A valid Washington State Driver's License. A criminal history and background check will be performed. An Associate’s degree in Fire Science, Fire Administration, or Criminal Justice or a Bachelor’s degree in a closely related field and technical training in fire prevention, fire engineering or fire science; AND three - five (3-5) years progressive work experience in fire or criminal investigation, fire inspection, fire code compliance and fire system plans examination, or as a fire fighter of a recognized fire department is required; AND three - five (3-5) years of progressively related experience in community outreach or public relations. Prior experience working as a Fire Marshal may be considered in lieu of some of these above requirements.

    A combination of education and experience that meets job requirements may be considered

    Certification by the International Code Council as a Fire Inspector I is required within six (6) months of employment. Certified as a Fire Plan Reviewer within (12) months of employment. Certified as a Fire Marshal within (36) months of employment. (Preference given to qualified candidates with current Fire Inspector I, Fire Plan Reviewer and/or Fire Marshall certifications.)


    Bachelor’s degree in Fire related field. Certification by either the National Fire Association of Fire Investigators (NAFI) as a Fire and Explosion Investigator, or the International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI) as a Fire Investigator or Criminal Justice Training Commission certification as a Washington State Commissioned Law Enforcement Officer.


    Work is performed in a variety of locations, to include offices, various public meeting locations, and outdoors. Indoor environments are relatively quiet. Outdoor environments include urban and rural settings throughout Chelan County; occasional exposure to inclement weather, smoke, and other potentially hazardous materials. Must have the ability to traverse a variety of surfaces; PPE must be worn when required.

    Other physical requirements include the ability to bend, squat, kneel, crawl, sit, climb, balance, and stand for prolonged periods of time. May be required to push, pull, lift and/or carry up to 50 lbs. for operation of safety equipment and potentially in the course of general office duties. Duties require the ability to use fingers/hands to handle, feel, or operate objects, tools, or controls, and arms to reach. Must be able to see near and far, and have peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus; must be able to communicate clearly in person, over the phone, and by radio.

    This position will require frequent local and occasional out-of-town travel. Employee must have the ability to safely operate a motor vehicle in varied weather conditions and all levels of daylight.

    This position is an exempt/management position expected to work the number of hours required to complete the duties of the position, which may include evenings and weekends. This position is subject to call-out as the need arises, which can include calls in the late night/early morning.

    Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position.

Additional Information

To Apply:

A complete application will include: 1) Chelan County Employment Application; 2) Resume; 3) Letter of Interest; 4) Three personal and three professional references; 4) Responses to Supplemental Questions


Submit Completed Application Materials To:

  • Chelan County Human Resources
  • 400 Douglas Street, #201
  • Wenatchee, WA 98802
  • or email to
  • Position is open until filled, with the first review occurring on May 12th.