Details Report for:
33-2021.00 - Fire Inspectors and Investigators
Inspect buildings to detect fire hazards and enforce local ordinances and state laws, or investigate and gather facts to determine cause of fires and explosions.
Sample of reported job titles: Arson Investigator, Fire and Explosion Investigator, Fire Code Inspector, Fire Inspector, Fire Investigator, Fire Official, Fire Prevention Inspector, Fire Prevention Specialist, Fire Protection Specialist, Fire Safety Inspector
Tasks | Technology Skills | Tools Used | Knowledge | Skills | Abilities | Work Activities | Detailed Work Activities | Work Context | Job Zone | Credentials | Interests | Work Styles | Work Values | Related Occupations | Wages & Employment | Job Openings | Additional Information
- Analytical or scientific software — Consolidated Model of Fire and Smoke Transport CFAST; Fire Dynamics Software FDS
- Data base user interface and query software — Code database software; Microsoft Access ; National Fire Incident Reporting System NFIRS
- Electronic mail software — Email software; Microsoft Outlook
- Human resources software — Xerox Government systems FIREHOUSE Software
- Internet browser software — Web browser software
- Office suite software — Microsoft Office
- Presentation software — Microsoft PowerPoint
- Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel
- Word processing software — Microsoft Word
Hot Technology — a technology requirement frequently included in employer job postings.
- Adjustable wrenches — Adjustable hand wrenches
- Air velocity and temperature monitors — Magnehelic differential pressure gauges
- Anemometers — Digital anemometers
- Automobiles or cars — Passenger vehicles
- Ball peen hammer — Ball peen hammers
- Barometers — Digital barometers
- Battery testers — Battery analyzers
- Bolt cutters
- Box end wrenches
- Bullet proof vests — Ballistic vests
- Camera flashes or lighting — Camera flash attachments
- Camera lens — Camera lenses
- Camera tripods — Camera positioning tripods
- Circuit tester — Circuit continuity testers
- Claw hammer — Claw hammers
- Cold chisels — Flat cold chisels
- Digital camcorders or video cameras — Digital video cameras
- Digital cameras — Digital still cameras
- Digital voice recorders — Digital audio recorders
- Direction finding compasses — Magnetic compasses
- Dosing droppers — Eye droppers
- Ear muffs — Protective ear muffs
- Electrical frequency meters — Digital electrical frequency meters
- Emergency light unit — Emergency lights
- Emergency medical services first aid kits — Emergency first aid kits
- End cut pliers — Side-cutting pliers
- Fingerprint equipment — Fingerprint kits
- Fire alarm systems — Fire detection systems
- Fire extinguishers — Multipurpose fire extinguishers; Portable fire extinguishers
- Fire hoses or nozzles — High pressure fire hoses
- Fire suppression hand tools — Fire rakes
- Fire suppression system — Fire suppression sprinkler systems; Foam-water sprinkler systems; Water mist systems
- Flashlight — High powered flashlights
- Flood light — Flood lighting
- Flowmeters — Pitot tubes
- Forestry saws — Crosscut saws
- Fuse pullers — Fuse pulling tools
- Gas chromatographs
- Gas detectors — Multigas detectors; Photoionization detectors
- Gas generators — Gasoline powered generators
- GFI circuit testers — Ground fault testers
- Hacksaw — Hacksaws
- Handcuffs — Metal handcuffs
- Handguns — Law enforcement handguns
- Handheld thermometer — Dry bulb thermometers
- Hatchets — Fire axes
- Hydrocarbons analyzers or detectors — Catalytic combustion detectors CCD; Hydrocarbon detectors
- Laboratory forceps — Evidence collection forceps
- Ladders — Stepladders
- Laser fax machine — Laser facsimile machines
- Levels — Bar levels; Digital levels; Torpedo levels
- Lightmeters — Digital light meters; Photographic meters
- Linemans pliers — Linesman's pliers
- Locking pliers — Vise grip pliers
- Magnetic tools — Pencil magnets
- Magnifying glass — Magnifiers
- Masks or accessories — Dust masks
- Measuring wheels for distance — Distance measuring wheels
- Mobile phones — Smart phones
- Multimeters — Digital multimeters
- Notebook computers — Laptop computers
- Pad or keyhole saw — Keyhole saws
- Personal computers
- Pipe or tube cutter — Universal pipe cutters
- Pipe wrenches — Adjustable pipe wrenches
- Plumb bobs — Laser plumb bobs
- Pocket calculator — Handheld calculators
- Pocket knives
- Power drills — Cordless drills
- Protective coats — Firefighters' coats
- Protective pants — Firefighters' pants
- Pry bars — Crowbars; Pinch bars
- Psychrometers — Wet bulb thermometers
- Putty knives
- Rakes — Steel-tine garden rakes
- Rangefinders — Laser rangefinders
- Razor knives — Pen knives
- Respiration air supplying self contained breathing apparatus or accessories — Self-contained breathing apparatus
- Respirators — Filter mask respirators
- Rulers — Photographic rulers; Precision rulers
- Safety glasses — Protective eyewear
- Safety helmets — Fire helmets
- Safety hoods — Firefighting hoods
- Screwdrivers — Bit drivers; Phillips screwdrivers; Straight blade screwdrivers
- Shears — Carpet cutters
- Shovels — Flathead shovels
- Single gas monitors — Single gas detectors
- Sledge hammer — Sledgehammers
- Slip or groove joint pliers — Slip-lock pliers
- Smoke detectors — Battery powered smoke detectors; Hard-wired smoke detectors
- Sound measuring apparatus or decibel meter — Decibel meters
- Specialty wrenches — Hydrant wrenches
- Spectrophotometers — Portable spectroscopes
- Still cameras — 35 millimeter cameras
- Sump pumps — Portable sump pumps
- Tablet computers — Handheld computers; Portable computers
- Tape measures — Measuring tapes; Steel tape measures
- Tinners snips — Tin snips
- Trowels — Masonry trowels
- Tweezers — Evidence tweezers
- Two way radios — Mobile radios
- Ultraviolet UV lamps — Ultraviolet UV lights
- Utility knives — Multipurpose knives
- Voltage or current meters — Voltage indicators; Voltage testers
- Water storage tanks — Water reservoirs
- Wire cutters — Wire cutting tools
- Wire gauge — Wire gauges
- Wire-stripping pliers — Wire strippers
- Wood chisels
- X ray radiography examination equipment — X ray inspection equipment
- Prepare investigation or incident reports.
- Record information about suspects or criminals.
- Testify at legal or legislative proceedings.
- Process forensic or legal evidence in accordance with procedures.
- Inspect equipment to ensure safety or proper functioning.
- Analyze crime scene evidence.
- Interview people to gather information about criminal activities.
- Examine debris to obtain information about causes of fires.
- Inspect facilities to ensure compliance with fire regulations.
- Record crime or accident scene evidence with video or still cameras.
- Educate the public about fire safety or prevention.
- Issue permits or other legal documents.
- Inspect facilities to ensure compliance with security or safety regulations.
- Write operational reports.
- Investigate crimes committed within organizations.
- Identify actions needed to bring properties or facilities into compliance with regulations.
- Inform others about laws or regulations.
- Develop fire safety or prevention programs or plans.
- Attend training to learn new skills or update knowledge.
- Collaborate with law enforcement or security agencies to respond to incidents.
- Review documents or materials for compliance with policies or regulations.
- Examine crime scenes to obtain evidence.
- Train personnel in technical or scientific procedures.
- Train personnel to enhance job skills.
- Maintain fire fighting tools or equipment.
- Provide safety training.
- Direct fire fighting or prevention activities.
- Evaluate employee performance.
- Train employees in proper work procedures.
- Recommend improvements to increase safety or reduce risks.
|Title||Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed|
|Education||Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.|
|Related Experience||Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.|
|Job Training||Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.|
|Job Zone Examples||These occupations usually involve using communication and organizational skills to coordinate, supervise, manage, or train others to accomplish goals. Examples include hydroelectric production managers, travel guides, electricians, agricultural technicians, barbers, court reporters, and medical assistants.|
|SVP Range||(6.0 to < 7.0)|
|19-5012.00||Occupational Health and Safety Technicians Bright Outlook|
|33-1021.00||First-Line Supervisors of Firefighting and Prevention Workers|
|33-2022.00||Forest Fire Inspectors and Prevention Specialists|
|33-3021.00||Detectives and Criminal Investigators|
|33-3021.02||Police Identification and Records Officers|
|33-3051.00||Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers|
|47-4011.00||Construction and Building Inspectors|
|53-2022.00||Airfield Operations Specialists|
Wages & Employment Trends
|Median wages (2020)||$31.06 hourly, $64,610 annual|
|Employment (2019)||14,200 employees|
|Projected growth (2019-2029)||Faster than average (5% to 7%)|
|Projected job openings (2019-2029)||1,500|
|Top industries (2019)||
Government (85% employed in this sector)
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2020 wage data and 2019-2029 employment projections . "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2019-2029). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.
Job Openings on the Web
Sources of Additional Information
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- Fraternal Order of Police
- IAFF FireFighters
- International Association of Arson Investigators
- International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators
- International Association of Fire Chiefs
- International Code Council
- National Association of Fire Investigators
- National Association of State Fire Marshals
- National Fire Protection Association
- National Fire Sprinkler Association
- Occupational Outlook Handbook: Fire inspectors
- Society of Fire Protection Engineers