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.
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- 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.
- 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.
- 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.