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FIRE SAFETY INSPECTOR, IN-DEPTH: The Best And Worst Things About The Job Are The Same Thing

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Florence, a fire safety inspector, describes the challenges of her job, what she likes most, her key decisions, how to get into the industry, and work-life balance. She tells us that working with the public is both the best and worst part of this job.

Degree: Philosophy - Foreign Languages
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
National Statistic Change Location
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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
Office, Travel, Outdoor, Indoor
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Detail oriented, Problem solving skills, Written communication skills, Verbal communication skills

Educational Path

Education requirement
Education Requirement
High school degree
Trade/vocational School
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<span m='27500'>the</span> <span m='27560'>best</span> <span m='27980'>and</span> <span m='28070'>the</span> <span m='28150'>worst</span> <span m='28545'>are</span> <span m='28940'>the</span> <span m='29220'>exact</span> <span m='29660'>same</span> <span m='29860'>thing.</span> <span m='30180'>It's</span> <span m='30990'>being</span> <span m='31250'>with</span> <span m='31390'>the</span> <span m='31450'>public</span> <span m='31900'>and</span> <span m='31990'>helping</span> <span m='32369'>people.</span> </p><p><span m='33890'>What</span> <span m='34060'>are</span> <span m='34120'>some</span> <span m='34250'>of</span> <span m='34290'>the</span> <span m='34420'>key</span> <span m='34650'>decisions</span> <span m='34930'>you</span> <span m='35210'>made</span> <span m='35550'>in your</span> <span m='35800'>career</span> <span m='35970'>that</span> <span m='36140'>led</span> <span m='36290'>you</span> <span m='36470'>to where</span> <span m='36680'>you</span> <span m='36860'>are</span> <span m='37020'>today?</span> </p><p><span m='40950'>Well,</span> <span m='41240'>first</span> <span m='41580'>would</span> <span m='41650'>be</span> <span m='41800'>moving</span> <span m='42110'>to</span> <span m='42190'>the</span> <span m='42290'>United</span> <span m='42660'>States.</span> <span m='43970'>Second</span> <span m='44770'>would</span> <span m='44990'>be</span> <span m='45650'>stopping</span> <span m='46250'>my</span> <span m='46380'>study</span> <span m='47240'>after</span> <span m='47540'>Bachelor,</span> <span m='48070'>not</span> <span m='48310'>going</span> <span m='48600'>any</span> <span m='48730'>further.</span> <span m='49800'>And</span> <span m='50080'>the</span> <span m='50170'>third</span> <span m='50540'>big</span> <span m='50740'>one</span> <span m='50980'>would</span> <span m='51130'>be</span> <span m='51370'>having</span> <span m='51680'>children</span> <span m='52280'>and</span> <span m='52440'>deciding</span> <span m='52880'>to</span> <span m='52970'>stop</span> <span m='53300'>working</span> <span m='53680'>for</span> <span m='53890'>a</span> <span m='53920'>few</span> <span m='54130'>years.</span> <span m='55670'>So</span> <span m='55880'>those</span> <span m='56430'>really</span> <span m='56840'>affected.</span> <span m='58310'>Once</span> <span m='58680'>I</span> <span m='59660'>was</span> <span m='59860'>able</span> <span m='60170'>to</span> <span m='60270'>and</span> <span m='60460'>went</span> <span m='60860'>back</span> <span m='61150'>onto</span> <span m='61570'>working,</span> <span m='62100'>it's</span> <span m='62350'>definitely</span> <span m='63520'>taking</span> <span m='63900'>additional</span> <span m='64400'>classes.</span> </p><p><span m='65370'>And</span> <span m='66600'>even</span> <span m='66920'>at</span> <span m='67100'>my</span> <span m='67390'>age</span> <span m='67840'>and</span> <span m='67960'>in</span> <span m='68070'>my</span> <span m='68240'>position,</span> <span m='69300'>it's</span> <span m='70290'>still</span> <span m='70570'>good</span> <span m='70860'>to</span> <span m='70990'>keep</span> <span m='71280'>on</span> <span m='71400'>taking</span> <span m='71730'>classes,</span> <span m='72320'>never</span> <span m='72650'>stopping.</span> <span m='73880'>You</span> <span m='74080'>always</span> <span m='74530'>will</span> <span m='75040'>need</span> <span m='75550'>an</span> <span m='75720'>extra</span> <span m='76190'>knowledge.</span> <span m='76690'>You</span> <span m='76810'>always</span> <span m='77270'>will</span> <span m='77470'>need</span> <span m='77740'>an</span> <span m='77860'>extra</span> <span m='78230'>degree</span> <span m='78680'>to</span> <span m='78790'>just</span> <span m='79090'>keep</span> <span m='79290'>on</span> <span m='79420'>going.</span> <span m='79790'>Not</span> <span m='80020'>just</span> <span m='80310'>thinking</span> <span m='80690'>that</span> <span m='81380'>because</span> <span m='81730'>you're</span> <span m='81900'>in</span> <span m='82000'>a</span> <span m='82530'>position</span> <span m='83940'>you</span> <span m='84200'>are</span> <span m='84360'>done</span> <span m='84550'>with</span> <span m='84710'>it.</span> </p><p><span m='85230'>There</span> <span m='85420'>are</span> <span m='85470'>many</span> <span m='85790'>young</span> <span m='86120'>firefighters</span> <span m='86760'>that</span> <span m='87220'>are</span> <span m='87310'>starting</span> <span m='87840'>with</span> <span m='88160'>a</span> <span m='88560'>degree</span> <span m='89160'>and</span> <span m='89330'>that</span> <span m='89530'>keep</span> <span m='89870'>on</span> <span m='90110'>going.</span> <span m='90650'>They</span> <span m='90750'>keep</span> <span m='90940'>studying</span> <span m='91420'>and</span> <span m='91520'>studying</span> <span m='92170'>and</span> <span m='92910'>they</span> <span m='93060'>might</span> <span m='93340'>not</span> <span m='93580'>need</span> <span m='93930'>most of</span> <span m='94080'>their</span> <span m='94570'>degrees,</span> <span m='95090'>but</span> <span m='95250'>they</span> <span m='95340'>have</span> <span m='95610'>them</span> <span m='96170'>should</span> <span m='96500'>they</span> <span m='96820'>ever</span> <span m='96870'>need</span> <span m='97130'>them.</span> <span m='97385'>So</span> <span m='98090'>always</span> <span m='98470'>keep</span> <span m='98690'>on</span> <span m='98800'>studying</span> <span m='99390'>and</span> <span m='99960'>getting</span> <span m='100260'>more</span> <span m='100410'>knowledge.</span> </p><p><span m='101940'>How</span> <span m='102020'>difficult</span> <span m='102230'>is</span> <span m='102320'>it</span> <span m='102720'>to</span> <span m='102830'>get</span> <span m='102950'>a</span> <span m='103010'>job</span> <span m='103300'>in your</span> <span m='103772'>industry?</span> </p><p><span m='105660'>A</span> <span m='105680'>few</span> <span m='105940'>years</span> <span m='106270'>ago</span> <span m='106470'>it</span> <span m='106630'>was</span> <span m='106780'>a</span> <span m='106820'>lot</span> <span m='107060'>easier.</span> <span m='107790'>Nowadays</span> <span m='110740'>the</span> <span m='110850'>fire</span> <span m='111090'>marshal's</span> <span m='111460'>office</span> <span m='111800'>is</span> <span m='111920'>not</span> <span m='112110'>hiring</span> <span m='112590'>as</span> <span m='112740'>much.</span> <span m='113370'>So</span> <span m='113760'>it's</span> <span m='114220'>a</span> <span m='114300'>question</span> <span m='114740'>of</span> <span m='114860'>having</span> <span m='115180'>people</span> <span m='116230'>retire</span> <span m='117280'>and</span> <span m='117840'>then</span> <span m='118330'>you</span> <span m='118610'>have</span> <span m='119040'>an</span> <span m='119190'>opening.</span> <span m='119590'>But</span> <span m='119790'>you</span> <span m='119980'>do</span> <span m='120240'>have</span> <span m='120620'>a</span> <span m='120670'>lot</span> <span m='120900'>of</span> <span m='120990'>people</span> <span m='122420'>with</span> <span m='123710'>a</span> <span m='123780'>fire</span> <span m='124110'>safety</span> <span m='125010'>inspector's</span> <span m='125530'>license</span> <span m='126180'>that</span> <span m='126410'>are</span> <span m='126530'>looking</span> <span m='126850'>for</span> <span m='127020'>work.</span> <span m='127800'>So</span> <span m='128500'>once</span> <span m='129050'>there</span> <span m='129210'>is</span> <span m='129320'>a</span> <span m='129400'>job</span> <span m='129830'>you</span> <span m='129919'>have</span> <span m='130180'>very</span> <span m='130419'>many</span> <span m='130970'>applicants.</span> <span m='131510'>So</span> <span m='131620'>once</span> <span m='131940'>again,</span> <span m='132600'>having</span> <span m='132780'>the</span> <span m='133870'>most</span> <span m='134790'>knowledge</span> <span m='135370'>and</span> <span m='135550'>the</span> <span m='135650'>most</span> <span m='135920'>degree</span> <span m='136340'>will</span> <span m='136590'>help</span> <span m='136900'>you</span> <span m='137100'>getting</span> <span m='137460'>a</span> <span m='137520'>job</span> <span m='137870'>when</span> <span m='138010'>one</span> <span m='138800'>becomes</span> <span m='139140'>available.</span> </p><p><span m='141000'>What</span> <span m='141160'>is</span> <span m='141260'>your</span> <span m='141430'>work</span> <span m='141790'>life</span> <span m='142150'>balance</span> <span m='142590'>like?</span> </p><p><span m='145000'>Unlike</span> <span m='145670'>regular</span> <span m='146070'>firefighters</span> <span m='146970'>we</span> <span m='147130'>are</span> <span m='147300'>very</span> <span m='147540'>lucky.</span> <span m='148020'>We</span> <span m='148260'>work</span> <span m='149500'>10</span> <span m='149720'>hour</span> <span m='149840'>shifts.</span> <span m='151010'>So</span> <span m='151510'>from</span> <span m='151940'>7:00</span> <span m='152570'>to</span> <span m='153010'>5:00</span> <span m='153330'>PM.</span> <span m='154200'>And</span> <span m='154640'>we</span> <span m='155830'>almost</span> <span m='156300'>never</span> <span m='156730'>get</span> <span m='157100'>any</span> <span m='158030'>calls</span> <span m='158520'>at</span> <span m='158670'>night.</span> <span m='159670'>We</span> <span m='159810'>would</span> <span m='159990'>only</span> <span m='160300'>work</span> <span m='161110'>additional</span> <span m='161560'>hours</span> <span m='162445'>if</span> <span m='162740'>there</span> <span m='162870'>was</span> <span m='163030'>a</span> <span m='163070'>hurricane</span> <span m='163940'>or</span> <span m='164320'>any</span> <span m='164540'>issue.</span> <span m='165270'>So</span> <span m='165540'>we're</span> <span m='165750'>really</span> <span m='166190'>able</span> <span m='166580'>to--</span> <span m='167450'>working</span> <span m='167830'>the</span> <span m='167950'>10</span> <span m='168150'>hour</span> <span m='168320'>shift</span> <span m='168870'>we</span> <span m='169420'>have</span> <span m='169700'>an</span> <span m='169790'>extra</span> <span m='170140'>day</span> <span m='170310'>during</span> <span m='170550'>the</span> <span m='170670'>week</span> <span m='171400'>to</span> <span m='171520'>take</span> <span m='171750'>care</span> <span m='172030'>of</span> <span m='172340'>the</span> <span m='172450'>children,</span> <span m='173100'>doctor's</span> <span m='173310'>appointment</span> <span m='174130'>and</span> <span m='174290'>everything</span> <span m='174740'>we</span> <span m='174860'>can</span> <span m='175080'>do.</span> </p><p><span m='175260'>So</span> <span m='175490'>it's</span> <span m='175750'>really,</span> <span m='176280'>really</span> <span m='176550'>the</span> <span m='176630'>best</span> <span m='177020'>of</span> <span m='177380'>both</span> <span m='177650'>worlds.</span> <span m='178440'>We</span> <span m='178740'>have</span> <span m='179820'>set</span> <span m='180510'>hours,</span> <span m='181260'>but</span> <span m='181500'>we</span> <span m='181690'>also</span> <span m='182070'>get</span> <span m='182420'>extra</span> <span m='182860'>hours</span> <span m='183380'>to</span> <span m='184270'>go</span> <span m='184430'>take</span> <span m='184650'>care</span> <span m='184830'>of</span> <span m='184960'>our</span> <span m='185070'>lives.</span> <span m='185440'>So</span> <span m='186440'>I</span> <span m='186540'>think</span> <span m='186850'>we're</span> <span m='186990'>very</span> <span m='187350'>well-balanced.</span> </p><p><span m='188260'>We're</span> <span m='188450'>also</span> <span m='188730'>very</span> <span m='189040'>lucky</span> <span m='189410'>to</span> <span m='189530'>be,</span> <span m='189910'>you</span> <span m='190030'>know,</span> <span m='190110'>the</span> <span m='190250'>fire</span> <span m='190570'>department</span> <span m='191320'>that</span> <span m='191620'>is</span> <span m='191940'>accepting</span> <span m='192620'>us</span> <span m='192820'>as</span> <span m='193010'>a</span> <span m='193050'>whole,</span> <span m='193810'>not</span> <span m='193970'>only</span> <span m='194260'>as</span> <span m='194410'>an</span> <span m='194520'>employee,</span> <span m='195220'>but</span> <span m='195390'>that</span> <span m='195550'>also</span> <span m='196000'>cares</span> <span m='196540'>about</span> <span m='196940'>our</span> <span m='197200'>families.</span> <span m='198380'>And</span> <span m='198600'>we're</span> <span m='198950'>always</span> <span m='199290'>very</span> <span m='199520'>welcome</span> <span m='200050'>to</span> <span m='200570'>talk</span> <span m='200890'>about</span> <span m='201260'>them</span> <span m='201730'>and</span> <span m='202130'>to</span> <span m='203280'>take</span> <span m='203530'>time</span> <span m='203840'>off</span> <span m='204070'>if</span> <span m='204220'>there's</span> <span m='204400'>an</span> <span m='204510'>issue.</span> <span m='205610'>So</span> <span m='207530'>the</span> <span m='207610'>department</span> <span m='208160'>is</span> <span m='208280'>making</span> <span m='208690'>it</span> <span m='208820'>very</span> <span m='209160'>easy</span> <span m='209450'>to</span> <span m='209560'>balance</span> <span m='210160'>both</span> <span m='210460'>lives.</span> </p>","file":{"id":255783,"video_id":"2700148297001","name":"69908415","duration":212393,"thumbnail_url":null}});

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