Fire Prevention Specialist (7146U) Environment, Health & Safety 38326
University of California Berkeley
Location: Berkeley, California
Internal Number: 3200800
Fire Prevention Specialist (7146U) Environment, Health & Safety 38326
At the University of California, Berkeley, we are committed to creating a community that fosters equity of experience and opportunity, and ensures that students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds feel safe, welcome and included. Our culture of openness, freedom and belonging make it a special place for students, faculty and staff.
The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's leading institutions of higher education, distinguished by its combination of internationally recognized academic and research excellence; the transformative opportunity it provides to a large and diverse student body; its public mission and commitment to equity and social justice; and its roots in the California experience, animated by such values as innovation, questioning the status quo, and respect for the environment and nature. Since its founding in 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world.
We are looking for equity-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community. When you join the team at Berkeley, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, staff, students and community partners. In deciding whether to apply for a position at Berkeley, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our Guiding Values and Principles, our Principles of Community, and our Strategic Plan.
The Office of Environment, Health & Safety's (EH&S) mission is to provide guidance and services to the campus community that promote health, safety, and environmental stewardship.
EH&S is a highly dynamic, fast paced, committed organization focused on promoting workplace safety and environmental protection for the campus community. We are comprised of many scientific, technical, and administrative professionals, working in an evolving, learning, and sometimes challenging environment with a unified goal of supporting the University's mission of teaching, research and public service. EH&S strives to be an inclusive, service oriented, and operationally excellent organization and is seeking highly motivated individuals who want to learn, be creative, seek continuous competency development, and contribute to our mission.
The Fire Prevention Specialist conducts regularly scheduled fire and life safety inspections of campus buildings for code compliance; and develops and provides required fire prevention and life safety training to the campus community, including campus-operated residential sites. The incumbent must apply professional fire and life safety knowledge, federal, state and local laws and codes to address complex fire and life safety issues.
The First Review Date for this job is: July 12, 2022
Develops, implements, and monitors campus fire and life safety compliance program under California Code of Regulations Title 19 and Title 24, Parts 1-9.
Performs technical work related to fire and life safety:
Provides guidance and acts as the technical resource to campus community members (including building Coordinators, department safety committees, and the Office of Emergency Management) on fire and life safety issues.
Conducts regularly scheduled fire and life safety inspections of campus buildings for code compliance, noting imminent hazards and ensuring immediate correction
Prepares reports noting deficiencies
Conducts follow-up inspections on corrective actions in a timely manner; follows up on recommended corrective actions; and works closely with management to support change.
For self-supporting campus departments, performs lead role in providing training, building inspections and follow-up activities
May serve as principal person in charge of KNOX box program for assigned buildings
Coordinates and acts as official witness to annual fire drills in all student residential housing; may serve as authorized fire marshal during drill.
Assists in resolving recharge questions and issues associated with the program.
Drives university vehicles to fulfill job requirements.
Within specific field maintains knowledge/expertise on existing/proposed changes in all regulations; interprets and applies relevant laws, regulations, codes and standards, including making recommendations for work environment changes based on interpretations and principles of professional practices. **See 'Governing Laws and Regulations' below.
Performs outreach and communication to campus community including faculty, staff, and students to promote code compliance and fire safety. Designs new and/or recommends improvements to existing processes and procedures.
Provides construction plan review and inspection support. Documents deficiencies in construction plans and during inspections under the guidance of senior Fire Prevention Division staff.
Performs document tracking and control for FPD as builds, building records and inspection record files.
Program responsibility for all campus special events, coordinating with campus departments, UCPD, and other campus officials to resolve issues. Responsible for monitoring compliance at these events and may serve as campus liaison with regulatory agencies. If necessary, attend events to monitor compliance and maintains accurate permitting records.
May manage, update, and submit the Clery Act required 'Annual Fire Safety Report.'
Inspects, investigates incidents and complaints, and recommends corrective action as needed. Assists the Campus Fire Marshal during Fire Cause investigations.
Organizes and works efficiently to maintain the targeted rechargeable hours within the fiscal year.
Develops and provides fire and life safety training for UC Berkeley departments, faculty, staff and students:
Conducts fire and life safety awareness and fire prevention training.
Leads training/education on fire and life safety program for UC Berkeley self-supporting departments, staff, and students.
Makes presentations to local fire agencies regarding campus safety programs..
Staff development: Works on professional committees and assignments, participates in professional training and attends relevant conferences, and/or is mentored or coached on a formal or informal basis.
Performs other duties as assigned, including, but not limited to:
As part of Urgent Response Support Program (URSP), serves as member of Fire Emergency Response Support Team (FERST), including after-hours requirement.
During assigned rotation, serve as primary contact for UC Police Department (UCPD) and other municipal emergency response units related to campus fire events.
Respond to fire scenes, returning to campus if appropriate and required.
Performs fire cause and origin investigations and limited arson investigation.
Maintains incident log and prepares investigation report.
Must be accessible by UCPD via telephone and readily available to respond on-scene to fire incidents (emergencies) during non-business hours.
Must be within one hour of campus and may not engage in activity that will affect the ability to respond.
Thorough knowledge/understanding of fire and life safety including related laws and regulations; and general knowledge/understanding of all EH&S fields.
Demonstrated working knowledge of: California Code of Regulations, Title 19, and Title 24, Parts 1-9; National Fire Codes (published by the National Fire Protection Association); working knowledge of the Flammable and Combustible Liquids and Hazardous Materials Regulations in the California Fire Code.
Thorough knowledge and skill in applying and interpreting applicable local, state, and federal regulations and related standards and guidelines.
Thorough written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills, including political acumen and skill to communicate effectively in a diverse environment.
Strong analytical and organizational skills to organize, prioritize and manage the successful completion of projects within time and budget constraints.
Skill to appropriately use technology and relevant scientific equipment as required.
Proven presentation and training skills to conduct classes to diverse audiences.
Basic computer skills to manipulate database information and work within a computer-networked environment.
Must be able to perform required functions before 8am, after 5pm on workdays, or on weekends, as directed by the supervisor or as needed by the client.
Completion of SFM Fire Investigation 1A course within 6 months of hire, or equivalent experience.
As requested or warranted, ability to properly wear N-95 dust mask respirators, for protection from soot and airborne combustion particulates.
At the request of campus management (EH&S Director, VC Research, UCPD Chief, or designated alternate), must be available in a campus disaster or campus hazardous material release/threatened release, to serve in the appropriate emergency response role based upon expertise and, where applicable, designated departmental role.
Education and Training
Bachelor's degree in science, engineering, architecture, engineering technology, architectural technology, or related field and/or equivalent experience/training.
Successful completion of the Statutes and Regulations course offered by the California State Fire Marshal's Office within 12 months.
Licenses or certifications, if any:
Valid CA Driver's License with initial and periodic review of DMV driving record.
Designated Campus Fire Marshal (DCFM) appointment eligibility, as determined by the California State Fire Marshal.
Professional certification in related area preferred.
Fire Inspector I - International Code Council's National Certification Examination Program.
Fire Inspector II - International Code Council's National Certification Examination Program.
**Governing Laws and Regulations
California Code of Regulations - Title 19 Public Safety
California Code of Regulations - Title 24 Building Standards Code Parts 1-9 with emphasis on:
California Building Code
California Fire Code
California Mechanical Code
California Plumbing Code
California Electrical Code
National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standards
Applicable federal laws and regulations
Salary & Benefits
This is an exempt, monthly paid position. The annual salary range of the position is $69,200.00-$101,500.00 commensurate with experience.
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Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying. Please upload the document in the Resume section, then skip the (optional) Cover Letter upload section.
A valid driver's license and DMV check for driving record is required.
This appointment is eligible for up to 40% remote work.
The incumbent must be flexible/available to work some nights and weekends, per operational needs.
Conviction History Background
This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.
Equal Employment Opportunity
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see:
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