Reserve Fire Inspector Program

The Reserve Fire Inspector Program is a part time training program designed to provide men and women who wish to pursue a career in the fire service with valuable on the job training and experience. Reserves will have the opportunity to apply their acquired skills and knowledge while gaining insight into what it takes to become a fire inspector.

How to apply

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Reserve Fire Inspectors will be expected to commit to one year of service. The schedule for this program is one 8 hour shift per week. Each Reserve Fire Inspector will be assigned the same day each week. The option of making trades to cover a shift will be available.

Minimum Requirements

  • At least 18 years of age & high school diploma or GED
  • Valid CA Driver’s license
  • Completed City application
  • Must be able to work at least one 8-hour shift per week
  • Adhere to the Department's Uniform and Grooming Standards

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Duties & Responsibilities

The role of the Reserve Fire Inspector is to assist the Fire Department, under the direct supervision of a fire inspector, in a variety of tasks including:

Office responsibilities

  • Provide public assistance on the telephone and at the public counter to developers, architects and property owners by providing information related to procedures and policies for fire prevention permits.
  • Accept and route plan check applications. 
  • Issue permits, collect fees, file and/or route plans and applications to City departments and staff.
  • Assist with the processing and tracking of invoices relating to monthly fire inspection fees.
  • Assist with the follow up on OTC’s (Orders to Comply) issued by fire companies or Community Risk Reduction personnel.
  • Assist with receiving calls, gathering information, and investigating complaints for reported fire hazards. 
  • Provide administrative support to the Community Risk Reduction office including assisting with public records requests, fire incident report requests, various memos, correspondence, reports and documents.  

Field responsibilities 

  • Assist with inspections of schools, convalescent homes, churches, hospitals, city buildings, day cares, brush clearance, Title 19 compliance, residential fire sprinklers, commercial fire alarm/sprinkler systems, spray booths, and various components of fire-related systems.
  • Assist with filming permits and studio lot inspections.
  • Assist with public education events and activities.

Selection Process

The selection process will consist of an application review and an oral interview. If selected to participate in the program, you will be required to pass a background investigation. Selected members will be expected to obtain required vaccinations and supply their own uniforms.