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Fire Inspector

Fire and Emergency Management Services


The successful person will play a key role in promoting fire and life safety in the community through inspection and delivery of public education initiatives.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Preparing reports and issue Fire Inspection Orders and maintain records detailing information about the property, identifying non-compliance issues and follow-up.
  • Reviews and provides comments on fire safety plans.
  • Initiates prosecutions and provides testimony and evidence in court.
  • Conducting fire and life safety inspections (complaint, request and routine) in all type of occupancies to ensure compliance with all required Codes, Standards, By-laws and Fire Marshal Directives.
  • Conduct fire scene investigations for origin and cause and liaise with all other agencies that may be involved in the investigation including the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management, Niagara Regional Police, Electrical Safety Authority and TSSA.
  • Prepares and presents seminars and implements fire safety programs within the community.
  • Monitors and assesses fire drills.
  • Conducts portable fire extinguisher training to internal/external stakeholders.
  • Record all investigations accurately and in accordance with departmental policy.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Position Requirements

  • Advanced Diploma in Fire Inspection and Fire Safety Education or Post-Secondary education in Fire Protection Technology in the field of fire protection or related discipline.
  • Preference will be given to applicants that possess certification in NFPA 1031, Level I, Level II Standard for Professional Qualifications for Fire Inspector and Plan Examiner; NFPA 1035 Standard on Fire and Life Safety Educator, Public Information Officer, Youth Fire-setter Intervention Specialist and Youth Fire-setter Program Manager Professional Qualifications; NFPA 1033 Standard for Professional Qualifications for Fire Investigator, and NFPA 921, Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations.
  • Sound knowledge of Ontario Fire and Building Codes and other fire protection standards, codes, and regulations coupled with an understanding of technical and operational aspects of sprinkler, standpipe, fire alarm and voice communication systems, hazardous materials, and other factors relating to fire protection.
  • Background in conducting inspections, the ability to interpret building construction, design drawings and experience in the delivery of educational programs are valuable assets.
  • Ability to work rotational on-call responsibilities with other staff for fire scene investigation.
  • Must be willing to complete any courses necessary as part of the Provincial Fire Prevention (NFPA) Certification process, and required courses under the Ontario Building Code, within the first three years of employment.
  • Attend any other relevant courses/training required for the performance of his/her duties.
  • Operational level of computer proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Word and PowerPoint.
  • Valid Ontario driver’s licence is required.


Salary Range:  $64,175.80 – $98,732.00 (January 1, 2018 rates)


Applications will be accepted online at  Please reference the recruitment number 2019-92 in your cover letter.  Applications received any other way will not be accepted.


The City of St. Catharines is an equal opportunity employer committed to inclusive, barrier-free recruitment and selection processes and work environments. We will accommodate the needs of applicants under the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) throughout all stages of the recruitment and selection process. Please advise the Human Resources Division to ensure your accessibility needs are accommodated throughout this process.