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FIRE SAFETY INSPECTOR: Riding The Life Wave

About this video 

Florence, a fire safety inspector, is currently the coordinator in charge of false alarms. Her typical day involves checking on false fire alarm calls and discerning what the cause was and taking care of billing and accounting. She is originally from France, but came to the US on what turned out to be a permanent vacation.

Degree: Foreign Languages - Philosophy
Job Title: Fire Safety Inspector
Employer: Sarasota County Fire Department

Job Summary: Fire Inspectors and Investigators

Job Description

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.

On-the-Job Training

Moderate-term on-the-job training

Additional Info

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.

Certification Requirement
Required by the National Fire Protection Association

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
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$35,000 - $85,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
0 to 9 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Travel, Indoor, Office, Outdoor
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Detail oriented, Problem solving skills, Verbal communication skills, Written communication skills

Educational Path

Education requirement
Education Requirement
High school degree
Trade/vocational School
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m='14740'>alarm,</span> <span m='15400'>if</span> <span m='15540'>somebody</span> <span m='16020'>burned</span> <span m='16460'>popcorn</span> <span m='17250'>or</span> <span m='17600'>if</span> <span m='18100'>a</span> <span m='18220'>device</span> <span m='18680'>is</span> <span m='18760'>not</span> <span m='18950'>working,</span> <span m='19820'>the</span> <span m='19970'>next</span> <span m='20320'>day</span> <span m='20700'>we</span> <span m='21170'>come,</span> <span m='21580'>we</span> <span m='21750'>inspect</span> <span m='22270'>it,</span> <span m='22790'>and</span> <span m='23020'>then</span> <span m='23150'>we</span> <span m='23270'>file</span> <span m='23600'>a</span> <span m='23650'>report.</span> <span m='24420'>I'm</span> <span m='24640'>in</span> <span m='24750'>charge</span> <span m='25100'>of</span> <span m='25190'>that</span> <span m='25280'>program.</span> </p><p><span m='26150'>And</span> <span m='26720'>like</span> <span m='27140'>some</span> <span m='27340'>other</span> <span m='27490'>inspectors</span> <span m='28170'>that</span> <span m='28400'>go</span> <span m='28730'>and</span> <span m='29060'>inspect</span> <span m='29610'>businesses</span> <span m='30440'>and</span> <span m='30610'>make</span> <span m='30770'>sure</span> <span m='31030'>everything is</span> <span m='31440'>safe,</span> <span m='32240'>I'm</span> <span m='32490'>handling</span> <span m='33840'>the</span> <span m='34030'>false</span> <span m='34370'>alarm</span> <span m='34660'>section.</span> <span m='35190'>So</span> <span m='35640'>my</span> <span m='36180'>work</span> <span m='36490'>is</span> <span m='36570'>more</span> <span m='37340'>billing.</span> <span m='38350'>It's</span> <span m='38560'>more</span> <span m='39430'>checking</span> <span m='40130'>to</span> <span m='40260'>see</span> <span m='40900'>if</span> <span m='41140'>it</span> <span m='41270'>was</span> <span m='41980'>coding</span> <span m='42330'>right,</span> <span m='42960'>what</span> <span m='43190'>exactly</span> <span m='43650'>happened,</span> <span m='45610'>what</span> <span m='45970'>do</span> <span m='46060'>we</span> <span m='46330'>need</span> <span m='46570'>to</span> <span m='46700'>do</span> <span m='46840'>to</span> <span m='46950'>fix</span> <span m='47330'>it,</span> <span m='47960'>and</span> <span m='50340'>I'm</span> <span m='50500'>more</span> <span m='50730'>an</span> <span m='50910'>accounting</span> <span m='52090'>in</span> <span m='52340'>facts</span> <span m='52920'>and in</span> <span m='53150'>number.</span> <span m='53740'>That</span> <span m='53920'>is</span> <span m='54040'>more</span> <span m='54160'>my</span> <span m='54300'>job.</span> </p><p><span m='55790'>My</span> <span m='56350'>education,</span> <span m='57650'>as</span> <span m='58090'>you</span> <span m='58600'>surely</span> <span m='58910'>can</span> <span m='59070'>hear</span> <span m='59300'>it,</span> <span m='59430'>I'm</span> <span m='59590'>French.</span> <span m='60140'>I</span> <span m='60360'>grew</span> <span m='60640'>up</span> <span m='60790'>in</span> <span m='60910'>France.</span> <span m='61830'>There</span> <span m='63170'>I</span> <span m='63430'>graduated</span> <span m='64519'>high</span> <span m='64670'>school.</span> <span m='65170'>Then</span> <span m='65370'>I</span> <span m='65450'>went</span> <span m='65760'>to</span> <span m='66160'>university.</span> <span m='66930'>We</span> <span m='67080'>call</span> <span m='67330'>it</span> <span m='67440'>university,</span> <span m='68100'>not</span> <span m='68370'>college.</span> <span m='71170'>The</span> <span m='71300'>university</span> <span m='72040'>was</span> <span m='72320'>Lyon</span> <span m='72410'>3,</span> <span m='73630'>number</span> <span m='73960'>three,</span> <span m='74630'>and</span> <span m='74895'>Lyon</span> <span m='75160'>is</span> <span m='75260'>my</span> <span m='75390'>city.</span> <span m='76040'>And</span> <span m='76490'>I</span> <span m='76570'>studied</span> <span m='77500'>foreign</span> <span m='77950'>languages</span> <span m='78590'>and</span> <span m='78750'>philosophy.</span> <span m='79930'>I</span> <span m='80220'>have</span> <span m='80470'>the</span> <span m='80560'>equivalent</span> <span m='81110'>of</span> <span m='81210'>a</span> <span m='81480'>Bachelor</span> <span m='82620'>of</span> <span m='82700'>Arts.</span> <span m='84200'>I</span> <span m='84400'>moved</span> <span m='85070'>when</span> <span m='85290'>I</span> <span m='85360'>graduated.</span> <span m='86110'>I</span> <span m='86160'>moved</span> <span m='86470'>to</span> <span m='86680'>the</span> <span m='86780'>United</span> <span m='87140'>States</span> <span m='87830'>for</span> <span m='88340'>what</span> <span m='88510'>was</span> <span m='88670'>supposed</span> <span m='88980'>to</span> <span m='89040'>be</span> <span m='89160'>a</span> <span m='89200'>vacation</span> <span m='89800'>and</span> <span m='89990'>ended</span> <span m='90280'>up</span> <span m='90380'>staying.</span> </p><p><span m='91840'>For</span> <span m='91940'>many</span> <span m='92220'>years</span> <span m='92600'>I</span> <span m='92650'>worked</span> <span m='92970'>for</span> <span m='93080'>the</span> <span m='93180'>travel</span> <span m='93540'>industry</span> <span m='94570'>and</span> <span m='95570'>had</span> <span m='95790'>children.</span> <span m='96370'>And</span> <span m='96650'>I</span> <span m='96730'>needed</span> <span m='97280'>to</span> <span m='97440'>have</span> <span m='97930'>a</span> <span m='99220'>job</span> <span m='99600'>that</span> <span m='99820'>was</span> <span m='100020'>more</span> <span m='100340'>eight</span> <span m='100530'>to</span> <span m='100620'>five</span> <span m='101210'>since</span> <span m='101940'>I</span> <span m='102020'>didn't</span> <span m='102280'>have</span> <span m='102580'>family</span> <span m='102770'>here</span> <span m='103160'>to</span> <span m='103250'>help me</span> <span m='103560'>with the</span> <span m='103760'>children.</span> <span m='104710'>I</span> <span m='104930'>applied</span> <span m='105470'>and</span> <span m='105580'>found</span> <span m='105900'>an</span> <span m='106040'>administrative</span> <span m='106860'>assistant</span> <span m='107390'>position</span> <span m='108180'>with</span> <span m='108820'>the</span> <span m='109180'>county,</span> <span m='109770'>with</span> <span m='109940'>the</span> <span m='109990'>fire</span> <span m='110240'>department.</span> <span m='111660'>I</span> <span m='111770'>got</span> <span m='112000'>that</span> <span m='112180'>position</span> <span m='112830'>and</span> <span m='113120'>when</span> <span m='113310'>I</span> <span m='113380'>got</span> <span m='113710'>there</span> <span m='114620'>I</span> <span m='114800'>was</span> <span m='115090'>very</span> <span m='115380'>interested.</span> <span m='115665'>I</span> <span m='115950'>always</span> <span m='116540'>admired</span> <span m='117280'>and</span> <span m='117430'>respected</span> <span m='118440'>the</span> <span m='118480'>firefighter</span> <span m='119200'>and</span> <span m='119420'>the</span> <span m='119500'>fire</span> <span m='119870'>department</span> <span m='120760'>itself.</span> </p><p><span m='121800'>And</span> <span m='122560'>the</span> <span m='122620'>Fire</span> <span m='122900'>Marshal</span> <span m='123340'>pushed</span> <span m='123730'>me</span> <span m='124000'>to</span> <span m='124690'>take</span> <span m='124970'>additional</span> <span m='125510'>classes</span> <span m='126340'>to</span> <span m='126470'>learn</span> <span m='126810'>about</span> <span m='127240'>fire</span> <span m='127480'>safety.</span> <span m='128320'>So</span> <span m='128560'>while</span> <span m='128850'>I</span> <span m='129000'>was</span> <span m='129190'>working</span> <span m='129570'>as</span> <span m='129800'>an</span> <span m='129919'>administrative</span> <span m='130530'>assistant,</span> <span m='131240'>I</span> <span m='131440'>took</span> <span m='131690'>my</span> <span m='131820'>classes,</span> <span m='132830'>got</span> <span m='133030'>my</span> <span m='133190'>license,</span> <span m='133810'>and</span> <span m='133910'>a</span> <span m='133970'>few</span> <span m='134240'>months</span> <span m='134540'>after</span> <span m='134780'>I</span> <span m='134870'>got</span> <span m='135070'>a</span> <span m='135180'>license</span> <span m='135700'>a</span> <span m='135770'>position</span> <span m='136320'>opened</span> <span m='136650'>up</span> <span m='137120'>and</span> <span m='137350'>I</span> <span m='137440'>became</span> <span m='138220'>an</span> <span m='138360'>inspector.</span> <span m='139100'>and</span> <span m='139760'>as</span> <span m='139980'>I</span> <span m='140060'>said,</span> <span m='140440'>first</span> <span m='140890'>I</span> <span m='140960'>did</span> <span m='141170'>regular</span> <span m='141520'>inspection</span> <span m='142090'>and</span> <span m='142280'>then</span> <span m='142470'>I</span> <span m='142900'>moved</span> <span m='143310'>to</span> <span m='143760'>false</span> <span m='143990'>alarms.</span> </p><p><span m='145850'>If</span> <span m='146030'>I</span> <span m='146100'>could</span> <span m='146310'>go</span> <span m='146460'>back</span> <span m='146750'>in</span> <span m='146900'>time</span> <span m='147700'>and</span> <span m='149140'>either</span> <span m='149760'>know</span> <span m='150120'>something</span> <span m='150500'>better</span> <span m='150770'>or</span> <span m='150910'>change,</span> <span m='152090'>I</span> <span m='152310'>would</span> <span m='152580'>think</span> <span m='153100'>about</span> <span m='153430'>my</span> <span m='153600'>life</span> <span m='154150'>plan</span> <span m='154790'>very</span> <span m='155140'>early</span> <span m='155510'>on.</span> <span m='156620'>I</span> <span m='156760'>guess</span> <span m='157090'>with</span> <span m='157320'>life</span> <span m='157780'>we</span> <span m='157890'>start</span> <span m='158240'>with</span> <span m='158350'>something,</span> <span m='158880'>we</span> <span m='159130'>do</span> <span m='159290'>some</span> <span m='159490'>certain</span> <span m='159830'>studies</span> <span m='160510'>and</span> <span m='160630'>then</span> <span m='160760'>we</span> <span m='160850'>change</span> <span m='161350'>jobs,</span> <span m='162680'>and</span> <span m='163040'>then</span> <span m='163250'>you</span> <span m='163490'>end</span> <span m='163720'>up</span> <span m='163940'>when</span> <span m='164100'>you're</span> <span m='164200'>older</span> <span m='164860'>and</span> <span m='165530'>you</span> <span m='165770'>don't</span> <span m='165980'>necessarily</span> <span m='166590'>have</span> <span m='166890'>a</span> <span m='166990'>career</span> <span m='167560'>that</span> <span m='167780'>you</span> <span m='167930'>did</span> <span m='168150'>for</span> <span m='168340'>20,</span> <span m='168690'>30</span> <span m='169390'>years.</span> <span m='170000'>So</span> <span m='170240'>I</span> <span m='170430'>think</span> <span m='170810'>I</span> <span m='170880'>wish</span> <span m='171470'>I</span> <span m='171650'>had</span> <span m='171870'>thought</span> <span m='172290'>about</span> <span m='172900'>a</span> <span m='173390'>career</span> <span m='173880'>and</span> <span m='174440'>stuck</span> <span m='174790'>to</span> <span m='174970'>it</span> <span m='175160'>my</span> <span m='175420'>whole</span> <span m='176050'>work</span> <span m='176540'>life.</span> <span m='177640'>It</span> <span m='177810'>would</span> <span m='177920'>have</span> <span m='178040'>been</span> <span m='178650'>really</span> <span m='178930'>good</span> <span m='179250'>to</span> <span m='179360'>now</span> <span m='179600'>be</span> <span m='179900'>able</span> <span m='180060'>to</span> <span m='180160'>say</span> <span m='180490'>I've</span> <span m='180640'>been</span> <span m='180910'>in</span> <span m='180970'>the</span> <span m='181070'>fire</span> <span m='181620'>department</span> <span m='182160'>for</span> <span m='182290'>20</span> <span m='182670'>years.</span> <span m='183420'>So</span> <span m='183670'>I</span> <span m='183810'>wish</span> <span m='184170'>I</span> <span m='184260'>had</span> <span m='184870'>worked</span> <span m='185280'>on</span> <span m='185380'>my</span> <span m='185540'>life</span> <span m='185870'>plan</span> <span m='186190'>before</span> <span m='186670'>instead</span> <span m='187100'>of</span> <span m='187490'>riding</span> <span m='187830'>the</span> <span m='188170'>life</span> <span m='188430'>wave.</span> </p><p><span m='189560'>What</span> <span m='189830'>to</span> <span m='189990'>expect</span> <span m='190940'>in</span> <span m='191240'>our</span> <span m='191880'>job,</span> <span m='193050'>what</span> <span m='193310'>we</span> <span m='193400'>don't</span> <span m='193770'>know</span> <span m='193920'>before</span> <span m='194230'>we</span> <span m='194380'>do</span> <span m='194610'>it</span> <span m='195200'>is</span> <span m='195580'>how</span> <span m='196750'>the</span> <span m='196860'>public</span> <span m='197450'>sees</span> <span m='197860'>us.</span> <span m='198930'>We're</span> <span m='199070'>not</span> <span m='199350'>seen</span> <span m='199760'>as</span> <span m='199930'>a</span> <span m='199990'>fire</span> <span m='200340'>department.</span> <span m='200960'>We're</span> <span m='201120'>seen</span> <span m='201550'>as</span> <span m='201860'>code</span> <span m='202170'>enforcer.</span> <span m='203010'>And</span> <span m='203370'>as</span> <span m='203560'>such</span> <span m='204500'>people</span> <span m='205100'>and</span> <span m='205240'>not</span> <span m='205450'>very</span> <span m='206530'>necessary</span> <span m='207030'>happy</span> <span m='207410'>to</span> <span m='207610'>see</span> <span m='207990'>us.</span> <span m='209100'>We</span> <span m='209400'>go</span> <span m='209760'>tell</span> <span m='210130'>them</span> <span m='210370'>what</span> <span m='210620'>they're</span> <span m='210790'>not doing</span> <span m='211210'>right.</span> <span m='211640'>We</span> <span m='211760'>tell</span> <span m='212020'>them</span> <span m='212170'>to</span> <span m='212290'>fix</span> <span m='212720'>things,</span> <span m='213040'>which</span> <span m='213340'>costs</span> <span m='213620'>them</span> <span m='213780'>money.</span> <span m='214310'>We</span> <span m='214500'>give</span> <span m='214680'>them</span> <span m='214830'>a</span> <span m='214890'>bill.</span> <span m='216200'>So</span> <span m='218300'>I</span> <span m='218430'>was</span> <span m='218680'>not</span> <span m='218880'>expecting</span> <span m='219440'>people</span> <span m='220080'>to</span> <span m='220220'>be</span> <span m='220990'>not</span> <span m='221240'>very</span> <span m='221480'>happy</span> <span m='221790'>to</span> <span m='221970'>see</span> <span m='222260'>us.</span> <span m='222530'>I</span> <span m='222710'>thought</span> <span m='223050'>they</span> <span m='223150'>would</span> <span m='223310'>see</span> <span m='223450'>the</span> <span m='223540'>fire</span> <span m='223840'>department</span> <span m='224510'>and</span> <span m='224790'>that</span> <span m='224980'>is</span> <span m='225150'>not</span> <span m='225340'>what they</span> <span m='225820'>see.</span> <span m='226670'>They</span> <span m='226985'>see</span> <span m='227300'>code</span> <span m='227740'>enforcement.</span> <span m='228690'>So</span> <span m='229000'>you</span> <span m='229230'>have</span> <span m='229550'>to</span> <span m='229690'>be</span> <span m='230560'>ready</span> <span m='230890'>for</span> <span m='231200'>it</span> <span m='231280'>and</span> <span m='231430'>expect</span> <span m='231730'>it.</span> 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