Office of the State Fire Marshal Careers

The mission of CAL FIRE – Office of the State Fire Marshal is to protect life, property, and the environment through the development and application of fire prevention engineering, education, and enforcement. That mission is accomplished through several major program elements including code enforcement, training, engineering, hazardous material safety, pyrotechnic display permitting, arson investigation, wildland fire prevention, land use planning and fire incident reporting. All program elements promote fire and life safety for California residents, visitors, and emergency responders.



  • Conduct detailed building and fire safety inspections and enforce fire safety standards as specified in Title 19 and 24 of the California Code of Regulations
  • Arson investigations, illegal fireworks, and fraud enforcement
  • Special event and motion picture permitting; pyrotechnic operator licensing
  • Building damage inspection during/after fires and other incidents
  • Positions in this classification are designated peace officers and persons appointed to this class must meet all necessary standards and requirements

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This position requires taking an exam prior to applying. To view current exam schedule, click here.


DEPUTY STATE FIRE MARSHAL III Specialist (Journey Level)

  • Performs more difficult specialized field enforcement work
  • Develop fire training curriculum and accredits local academies and colleges
  • Consults with local fire and building officials, architects, engineers, and contractors on problems of fire and panic safety in the design and construction processes
  • Cooperates with other public agencies on mutual concerns relating to fire safety
  • Reviews reports and recommendations from field inspectors
  • Conducts training meetings for field personnel; trains new field personnel on inspection work and enforcement
  • Administers laws and regulations governing the flame-retardant treatment of tents and flammable decorative materials, and the sale and discharge of fireworks
  • Reviews plans and specifications for state regulated occupancies, and revisions to existing buildings for compliance with panic and fire safety laws and regulations

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  • Supervises the office and field inspection staff
  • Consult with State and/or local fire and building officials, architects, engineers, and contractors on sensitive issues regarding panic and fire safety in the design, construction, and operation of buildings and other facilities subject to regulation by the State Fire Marshal
  • Grant code alternatives; make special field inspections with personnel in unusual or complex construction projects
  • Conduct informal hearings and prepares cases for court
  • Initiate, prepare, and/or analyze legislative or regulatory proposals for State and program impact, assist in the preparation of legal actions and prepare and/or review technical articles for publications
  • Supervises and trains subordinates and evaluates performance; counsel staff regarding disciplinary problems and initiate progressive discipline as necessary
  • Represent the State Fire Marshal while attending meetings of fire prevention associations, service clubs and similar groups to give fire prevention presentations

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  • Plan, organize, and direct the fire protection, law enforcement, and administrative work performed by California State Fire Marshal's peace officer and non-peace officer personnel
  • Implement and enforce the departmental policies, and procedures and ensure compliance
  • Train, and evaluate the performance of staff
  • Coordinate the work of the assigned division with other divisions, state departments, federal government, fire and law enforcement authorities, local jurisdictions, and industry representatives
  • Conduct meetings, conferences, and training sessions; serve as chair or staff for various advisory committees
  • Prepare material for, and testify before, administrative, judicial, and legislative hearings
  • Conduct analysis related to workload and related personnel, fiscal, management and work flow processes; develop annual divisional goals and objectives; research and develop budget change proposals
  • Enforce, review and evaluate fire safety codes and standards and investigate complaints
  • Develop and deliver fire service and staff training programs

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  • Inspections of design, construction, modification, operations and maintenance of liquid pipeline systems
  • Investigation of pipeline incident
  • Provide technical advice to State and local emergency response plans as related to hazardous liquid pipelines
  • Technical review and inspection work in conjunction with the enforcement of federal and state hazardous liquid pipeline safety laws, rules, regulations, and policies

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  • Provide technical advice for development, implementation and revision of State and local emergency response plans
  • Ensure staff are informed and trained on safe work practices during a spill response or field inspection
  • Work with industry representatives, local and state government and oil company executives to ensure compliance with state and federal regulations
  • Represent the State Fire Marshal on the National Association of Pipeline Safety Representatives sub-committees and other public meetings, trails, and city council meetings
  • Supervise and trains subordinates; counsel staff regarding disciplinary problems and initiate punitive action as necessary

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  • Conduct detailed and complex fire and explosion investigations
  • Interrogate suspects and interview witnesses; obtain criminal complaints and serve subpoenas and make arrests
  • Consult with district attorneys and prosecutors in preparing cases for court; testify in court as expert witness
  • Train and provide technical assistance in the latest techniques of fire and explosion to local fire protection and law enforcement authorities
  • Administer specialized arson and explosives training programs or projects
  • Investigators in this series are peace officers

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This position requires taking an exam prior to applying. To view current exam schedule, click here.


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