SUMMARY – The Fire Marshal (FM) within the Department of the Fire Marshal and Permit Services (FMPS) is an integral part of the leadership and management of the Enforcement and Services Division of FMPS. The FM works under the general direction of the FMPS Assistant Director. The FM is responsible for the supervision and oversight of staff that review, analyze, and evaluate fire protection plans and systems for compliance with fire protection laws, codes, standards, and ordinances. The employee in this position represents the City as the Fire Marshal when dealing with fire protection and safety issues.  The work includes responsibility for enforcing City codes related to life safety and fire protection and recommending amendments to and adoption of new City codes in these areas.  The employee is expected to understand the entire permitting application process and anticipate systemic changes when necessary.


  • Manage and oversee assigned operations to achieve goals within available resources; plans and organizes workloads and staff assignments; trains and evaluates assigned staff; reviews progress and directs changes as needed.
  • Establish department programs, priorities, and objectives within the area assigned.
  • Strong communication skills and ability to work cooperative and effectively with employees, related agencies, and the general public.
  • Demonstrate a great deal of discretion and independent judgment in the performance of duties.
  • Ability to interact with internal and external customers in a professional and timely manner and within limits established by FMPS department.
  • Apply common sense along with known practices to achieve goals.
  • Work closely with all divisions within the department to provide for the highest degree of efficiency and accuracy.
  • Continually maintain, develop, and implement industry Best Practices.
  • Work with various agencies in the promotion and development of fire, life, and injury prevention safety programs.
  • Recommend and assist with the development of codes and ordinances.
  • Research and locate needed information to deal with code applications and violations.
  • Management of the plan review process for commercial, industrial business, multi-family housing units, residential plats, schools, nursing homes, churches, public assemblies, and similar buildings.
  • Responsible for management of the plan review process for fire protection systems, fire alarm systems, and water supply systems submitted for approval.
  • Maintain records of inspections, investigation, and plans review.
  • Manage the various programs for inspections of properties for hazard identification, risk reductions, and code enforcement.
  • Prepare and recommend the budget of assigned areas and manage the approved budget
  • Attend meetings of elected officials when assigned and provide reports with the concurrence of the FMPS Director and Assistant Director.
  • Respond off duty when requested and available.
  • Attend training courses, seminars, and meetings to maintain knowledge and learn new trends in the field.
  • Perform other administrative duties as required by the FMPS Director and Assistant Director or designee.
  • Develop, implement, and enforce policies of the department within the division.
  • Administer directives such as policies and procedures and memoranda from the State Fire Marshal's Office and files reports as needed.
  • Implement policies and procedures and interpret construction and fire protection codes; examine all new codes and amendments; issue interpretations and oversee implementation /enforcement of newly adopted codes, standards, procedures, and laws.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES – This person is responsible for the overall direction, coordination, and evaluation of FMPS Enforcement and Services Division personnel and carries out supervisory responsibilities following the policies of the City, the Department, and applicable laws. Responsibilities include making recommendations for hiring, training, planning, assigning, directing, completing performance evaluations, rewarding, and disciplining employees, addressing complaints, and solving problems.


  • Education / Experience - Any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation from an accredited college or university with an Associate degree in fire sciences, fire administration, or a related field and seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience in the fire service including knowledge and experience of fire and building codes, fire inspection, plans review or public education.
  • Five (5) years fire service supervisory and management experience.
  • Certificates, Licenses, Registrations – Must possess NFPA or other nationally recognized certifying agency as a Fire Inspector I and obtain Fire Inspector II certification within 6 months of appointment.
  • Must possess a NFPA Fire Officer II certification or other nationally recognized certifying agency.
  • Must possess designation (or be eligible to obtain designation) as a Maryland Assistant State Fire Marshal under Title 6 of the Code of Maryland within six (6) months of employment with the City.
  • Must possess a current and valid Class “C” Maryland drivers license, or comparable drivers license issued by the applicant's state of residence, and a proven safe driving record.
  • Completion of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) command courses required by the City Office of Emergency Management within six (6) months of employment with the City. 
  • Must be able to complete the NIMS Compliance Training, Incident Command System (ICS) 100, 200, 800 and 700 within 6 months of employment
  • Computer Skills - Ability to operate a personal computer.  Proficient in the use of typical word processing software such as Microsoft Word and the use of spreadsheet software such as Microsoft Excel.  Able to perform research in a Geographical Information System (GIS).  Able to learn and apply other office software and automated office procedures.



Fire Marshal & Permit Services

The Department of the Fire Marshal and Permit Services (FMPS) is divided into two Divisions who are responsible for the management and enforcement of the City’s codes and ordinances as it relates to wide range of areas, to include building and property standards, fire and life safety standards, rental housing licenses and permitting services.  

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