Deputy Fire Marshal

King County   Auburn, WA   Full-time
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UPDATE: This recruitment will be used to fill multiple Term-Limited Temporary (TLT) and/or Special Duty Assignment (SDA) positions.  The TLT/SDA is anticipated to last up to December 30th, 2022. This recruitment will remain open until filled. Applications will be reviewed as received.

In order to hire and maintain a quality workforce that reflects the diversity of the community and works well within our True North values-based organization, the Permitting Division of the Department of Local Services (DLS) is accepting applications for the position of Deputy Fire Marshal II. 
 The primary focus of this position is to perform journey level fire protection engineering review and site inspections.  Responsibilities include the review of building and land development permits, and the review of fire systems permits to ensure compliance with applicable fire and life safety codes. This includes reviewing construction documents and supporting engineering, interpreting and applying fire codes and standards, evaluating new materials, conducting formal meetings with clients in office and field and performing site inspections.

Job Duties

Applying equity and social justice principles is a daily responsibility and a foundational expectation for all King County employees. In this role, you will apply equity and social justice principles that exemplify shared values, behaviors, and practices to all aspects of the work.

  • Review of building and related permit applications documents to ensure construction proposals meet code requirements for life and safety, including fire, building, mechanical and other applicable codes.  
  • Perform field inspections on new and existing construction, fire protection systems, hazardous materials, and places of assembly to ensure fire, building, and other life safety requirements are met. 
  • Review building and land permits to ensure adequate fire department access and fire flow are provided. Review fire system permits including fire sprinklers, alarms, monitoring systems, hydrants, and water supply systems.  
  • Provide direct customer assistance for the public, design professionals, property owners regarding fire and building code questions, their application, and the permit process.  
  • Offer alternatives and initiate problem-solving conferences with owners, contractors, and design professionals.  
  • Occasionally perform scheduled, after-hours inspections, including weekends, to conduct inspections of events requiring special fire event permits. 
  • Interact with multiple fire districts to coordinate on fire safety issues and inspections.
  • Receive and respond to complaints about buildings/construction from citizens, other agencies and jurisdictions, King County Council, and Executive staff.  
  • Communicate on the job in ways that reflects well upon King County, the County Executive, the department, and the incumbent.  
  • Exhibit and support a culture of superior customer service.  
  • Scrupulously honor commitments made to customers and others.  
  • Other duties as assigned. 

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications: 

  • Plans examination or inspection experience or education and experience in Fire Engineering and inspections or related field. 
  • International Fire Code Certification 
  • Demonstrated experience in the application and interpretation of national, state, and local building and fire codes and standards 
  • Knowledge of the permitting process. 
  • Knowledge of and demonstrated experience in the review of fire protection system. 
  • Skill in reading, interpreting, and explaining construction documents, specifications, codes, ordinances, and policies. 
  • Conducting meetings with builders, professionals, or other customers to review construction, code, or other technical requirements. 
  • Handle multiple competing priorities and producing quality detailed work within tight timeframes. 
  • Working effectively and cooperatively with a variety of individuals from diverse backgrounds. 
  • Must work well in a fast-paced, results oriented, team environment with the ability to think quickly and independently.  
  • Strong communication skills, collaborative working style, and the ability to handle stressful situations in a positive manner. 
  • Experience with electronic review of construction documents. 
  • ICC certification as a building inspector and/or plans examiner  
  • Engineer or architect license or professional degree 
  •  An offer of employment will be contingent on the success of a pre-employment physical examination. 
  • Must be able to lift 20lbs.   
  • Must have a valid Washington State driver's license. 
  • Must operate a motor vehicle safely throughout the County.     
  • Must be able to use office equipment and software. 

Supplemental Information

First Review of Applications June 27, 2021

Interviews Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Second Review of Applications July 18, 2021

 Interviews  Monday, August 2, 2021


  • First consideration will be given to current PROTEC17 members in the same classification that are eligible for lateral transfer
  • SDAs are open to current King County career service or appointed employees who have passed their initial probationary period.
  • Career Service and TLTs are open to all King County employees and the general public
This recruitment may be used to create an eligibility list for future Deputy Fire Marshall II Career Service, TLT, and SDA vacancies. Lists may be active up to 6 months at the discretion of the hiring authority. As with Career Service and SDA positions, the TLT positions will have full benefits. 
 WORK SCHEDULE: The work week is normally Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., but may at times require work outside of normal business hours and/or on weekends.  This full-time position is overtime eligible.


The work associated with this position will be performed through a combination of teleworking complemented by field/onsite work and meetings as informed by business needs. Employees will have access to shared workspaces at various King County facilities.  Employees must reside in WA state and within a reasonable distance to their King County worksite to respond to workplace reporting requirements.

 Employees will be provided with a County issued laptop and must maintain a workspace with an internet connection (access may be supplemented in some situations) where they can reliably perform work and remain available and responsive during scheduled work hours. Please note that when an employee conducts work that is likely to bring them in contact with another individual, safety precautions are required by the department in alignment with the Public Health Directive from the Seattle & King County Public Health Officer. King County is doing its part to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and remains committed to reducing our carbon footprint.
 King County has a robust collection of tools and resources to support working remotely. The individual selected for this opportunity will be joining an innovative and progressive team that is redefining how we work as we transition to the department's hybrid environment.  
Forbes recently named King County as one of Washington State's best employers. 

Together, with leadership and our employees, we're changing the way government delivers service and winning national recognition as a model of excellence. Are you ready to make a difference? Come join the team dedicated to serving one of the nation's best places to live, work and play. 

Guided by our "True North", we are making King County a welcoming community where every person can thrive. We value diversity, inclusion and belonging in our workplace and workforce. To reach this goal we are committed to workforce equity. Equitable recruiting, support, and retention is how we will obtain the highest quality workforce in our region; a workforce that shares and will help advance our guiding principles--we are one team; we solve problems; we focus on the customer; we drive for results; we are racially just; we respect all people; we lead the way; and we are responsible stewards. We encourage people of all backgrounds and identities to apply, including Native American and people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ+, people living with disabilities, and veterans.

Covid-19 Vaccination Requirement 

King County Executive Branch employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If you are the successful candidate for the position you applied for, the County will send you a conditional offer letter.

As a condition of employment, prior to a final offer of employment, you will be required to: 

• submit proof of vaccination or 

• have an approved request for medical or religious exemption and an approved accommodation. Philosophical, political, scientific, or sociological objections to vaccination will not be considered for an exemption or accommodation. 

People are considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks after receiving the final dose of a vaccination approved by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The Executive Branch includes employees in the Executive branch, the Assessor’s Office, Elections, the King County Sheriff’s Office, and the Executive Office.

King County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer
No person is unlawfully excluded from employment opportunities based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or other protected class. Our EEO policy applies to all employment actions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, selection for training, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation.

To Apply
If you are interested in pursuing this position, please follow the application instructions carefully. If you need this announcement in an alternate language or format, would like to request accommodation or assistance in the application or assessment process or if you have questions please contact your recruiter listed on this job announcement.

King County offers a highly-competitive compensation and benefits package designed to meet the diverse needs of our employees and support our employees' health and well-being.  Eligible positions receive the following benefits and have access to the following programs:

  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage: King County pays 100% of the premiums for eligible employees and family members
  • Life and disability insurance: employees are provided basic coverage and given the opportunity to purchase additional insurance for both the employee and eligible dependents
  • Retirement: King County employees are eligible to participate in a pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems and a 457(b) deferred-compensation plan
  • Transportation program and ORCA transit pass
  • 10 paid holidays each year (plus 2 personal holidays)
  • Generous vacation and paid sick leave
  • Paid parental leave, family and medical leaves, and volunteer leave
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Wellness programs
  • Onsite gyms and activity centers
  • Employee giving program
  • Employee assistance programs
  • Flexible schedules and telecommuting options, depending on position
  • Training and career development programs
For additional information about employee benefits please visit our Benefits, Payroll, and Retirement Page.

This is a general description of the benefits offered to eligible King County employees, and every effort has been made to ensure its accuracy.  If any information on this document conflicts with the provisions of a collective bargaining agreement (CBA), the CBA prevails.  Also, in the event of any incorrect information in this document, applicable laws, policies, rules, CBAs, or official plan documents will prevail.
NOTE:  Benefits for Term Limited Temporary (TLT) or Short Term Temporary (STT) positions, including leave eligibility and/or participation in the pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems, will vary based upon the terms and details of the position. Short Term Temporary positions are not eligible for an ORCA transit pass.
For inquiries about the specifics of this position, please contact the recruiter identified on this job posting.

Are you applying to this position as an eligible Current or Previous King County Employee Priority Placement Program Participant AND Is this position the same or lower percentage of full-time when compared to the position held at the point of the notification of layoff AND Do you possess the skills and abilities to qualify for this position?
  • Yes, I was given a layoff notice from my role at King County AND I am within two years of the effective date of my layoff. AND The position I was laid off from was the same or a higher percentage of FT status when compared to this one.
  • No.
If you answered yes to the question above and you are applying for this position as a Priority Placement Participant, to be considered, you must provide the following three pieces of information in the space provided: 1. The title you held when you received your layoff notice 2. The department you worked in 3. The effective date of your layoff

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King County

Auburn, WA