Jim is a fire safety inspector who, in a typical week, performs fire safety inspections all over the county, gives fire safety talks and runs evacuation drills. After trying out various jobs, he found out about the fire safety inspector position and has been doing work that he loves ever since.
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 investigators determine the origin and cause of fires by searching the surrounding scene and collecting evidence.
Moderate-term on-the-job training
Most fire inspectors and investigators are required to have work experience in a related occupation. Some fire departments or law enforcement agencies require investigators to have a certain number of years within the organization or to be a certain rank, such as lieutenant or captain, before they are eligible for promotion to an inspector or investigator position.
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