Fire Inspectors and Investigators

Fire inspectors perform examinations to enforce fire-prevention laws, ordinances, and codes; promote the development and use of effective fire-prevention methods; and provide instruction to the fire department and the general public regarding fire codes and prevention. They are employed by local fire departments and private companies, including factories, sawmills, chemical plants, and universities. Fire investigators analyze the cause, origin, and circumstances of fires involving loss of life and considerable property damage; interrogate witnesses and prepare investigation reports; and arrest and seek prosecution of arsonists. They work for local fire departments, state fire marshal's offices, and private companies. Approximately 11,520 fire inspectors and invesigators are employed in the United States.


Quick Facts
Duties Conduct examinations to enforce fire-prevention laws, ordinances, and codes (fire inspectors); analyze the cause, origin, and circumstances of fires involving loss of life and considerable property damage (fire investigators)
Alternate Title(s) Fire Marshals
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Good
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in large, metropolitan areas
Education and Training
  • High School Diploma
  • Some Postsecondary Training
Related School Subjects
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
Experience Several years' experience as a fire fighter or police officer
Skills
  • Interpersonal
  • Math
  • Scientific
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Scientific
  • Technical
Licensure/Certification Recommended
Special Requirements Most employers require inspectors to be U.S. citizens.
Career Ladder
  • Fire Marshal, or Fire Captain, or Plant Risk Manager
  • Fire Inspector or Investigator
  • Firefighter or Fire Safety Technician

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