Fire/Arson Investigator
Houston, TX 
Posted 12 days ago
Job Description
Fire/Arson Investigator

Depends on Qualifications

Houston, TX

Job Type
Regular Full-time

Fire Marshal's Office

Job Number


Position Description

A Fire/Arson Investigator is a certified peace officer that investigates the origin and cause of fires or explosions that threaten life, property, or the environment. The Fire/Arson Investigator reports to a supervisor and any management member and may work from either office or field location, depending on work assignment. The incumbent has a working knowledge of recognized standards for fire investigations, fire inspections, fireworks, fire and life safety hazards, including LGC. 352.016.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Investigates the origin and circumstances of assigned fires and explosions and determines whether the event was the result of design, carelessness, or natural cause based on nationally recognized standards.
  • Ensures quality, accuracy, and timely completion of assigned tasks including program management in accordance with Harris County Fire Marshal's Office (HCFMO) policies and procedures.
  • Assist in preparing a case to present to the district attorney or other proper authority where there is evidence of an incendiary fire.
  • Performs administrative functions in accordance with policies and procedures, to include completing, reviewing, and maintaining records and reports; and developing summary data reports, as required.
  • Performs as a member of an Incident Management Team during emergency or disaster situations.
  • Maintains situational awareness of all HCFMO activities.
  • Serves on committees, boards, or other teams as assigned by the Fire Marshal.
  • Performs assigned tasks safely and documents and reports initial accidents, injuries, or health exposures in accordance with accepted safety practices and HCFMO policy.
  • May be assigned to any division within the HCFMO.
  • Performs other duties as directed by a supervisor or senior staff member.
Harris County is an Equal Opportunity Employer

If you need special services or accommodations, please call (713) 274-5445 or email


  • High School diploma or GED equivalent; and
  • At the time of appointment, be certified by the Texas Commission on Fire Protection ("TCFP") as a Fire/Arson Investigator.
  • Must be a licensed Peace Officer, eligible to be commissioned by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) and appointed by HCFMO.
  • Possess a valid State of Texas Class C driver's license at the date of hire.
  • Working knowledge of recognized standards for fire investigations, fire inspections, fireworks, fire and life safety hazards, and including LGC.352.016.
  • Basic computer skills.
  • Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office Software.
  • Independent decision-making skills.
  • A high level of interpersonal skills.
  • Oral and written communication skills to develop and maintain effective working relationships with the public, government officials, other emergency response partners, and the media.
  • Ability to work as part of a team or independently to accomplish complex tasks simultaneously.
  • Ability to function effectively as a member of the Incident Management Team in accordance with the National Incident Management System (NIMS) protocols during emergency or disaster situations.

Additional Requirements:
  • Continued employment is contingent upon obtaining Incident Command System (ICS) certification at the IS-100, 200, 300, 400, 700, 800, levels within one (1) year of employment.
  • NOTE: Qualifying education, experience, knowledge and skills must be documented on your job application. You may attach a resume to the application as supporting documentation but ONLY information stated on the application will be used for consideration. "See Resume" will not be accepted for qualifications.


  • A minimum of one (1) year of fire service or law enforcement experience.
  • Previously trained in NIMS (IS-700, 800, 100, 200, 300, and 400).
  • Demonstrated working knowledge of recognized standards for fire inspections, fire investigations, fireworks, and other fire and life safety hazards.

General Information


  • 40 Hours per Week
  • Various Shifts
  • Includes Nights, Weekends, and Holidays

  • Depends on Qualifications
  • Based on 26 Pay Periods

Employment is contingent upon passing a background check and drug screen.

Due to a high volume of applications positions may close prior to the advertised closing date or at the discretion of the Hiring Department.


Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Salary and Benefits
Depends on Qualifications
Required Education
High School or Equivalent
Required Experience
1 year
Email this Job to Yourself or a Friend
Indicates required fields