Becoming A Fire Inspector

What Is Fire Inspector?

Fire inspectors play a vital role in protecting both life and property. They inspect buildings before and after their construction, locating hazardous conditions, and conformity to the fire code. During these inspections, inspectors identify any corrective actions necessary and work with building owners or occupants to bring buildings into compliance with applicable codes, standards, laws and regulations.

Public education is a key part of preventing a fire. Clackamas Fire’s inspectors work with the public to educate and raise awareness about fire and life safety in schools, apartments, senior living facilities, and throughout the community. Fire inspectors have many opportunities to participate in public education via station tours, school presentations, community group presentations and safety fairs.

When a fire occurs within the district, the inspectors are called in to determine both the cause and the origin. This can involve examination of the scene, conducting interviews and compiling reports.

We appreciate your interest in joining our team of professionals. Clackamas Fire District #1 is proud to be an internationally accredited organization, providing fire prevention, fire protection, emergency medical services and rescue operations to the communities we serve.

Becoming A Fire Inspector

Minimum Qualifications

  • High School Diploma or Equivalent
  • ICC Fire Inspector I
  • Valid Driver’s License and acceptable driving record

Testing Requirements

  • Successful Completion of Clackamas Fire District #1 Testing Process
  • Application process – NEOGOV
  • Resume and cover letter review
  • Written Assignment
  • Panel Interview

Post-Testing Clearance

  • Successful Background Check Clearance
  • Successful Completion of NFPA 1582 Physical
  • Successful Passing of Psychological Profile Evaluation

Preferred Qualifications

  • Associate’s degree
  • Bachelor’s degree in Fire Science or Fire Prevention
  • Experience and/or training in any type of inspections, investigations or fire service
  • ICC Plans Examiner
  • NFPA Fire Investigator
  • NFPA Fire Instructor I, II, III
  • NFPA Fire Inspector I, II, III
  • NFPA Public Fire & Life Safety Educator I, II, III


  • Paid Sick Leave
  • PERS Retirement
  • Tuition Assistance
  • Paid Vacation Leave, increasing with length of service
  • Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance
  • Post-Employment Health Plan (PEHP)
  • Deferred Compensation (457b) and Employer Match Retirement (401A)
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Comprehensive Wellness Program

*Subject to IAFF Contract