Fire and Life Safety Specialist 1

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Fire & Life Safety Specialist administers the fire prevention programs by providing education, training, inspections, drills, permits, and consulting. The Fire & Life Safety Specialist will work in a collaborative fashion with EHS staff, facility managers, faculty, staff, and other members of the University community in order to develop risk management approaches concerning fire and life safety. Facilities inspections will be used to find risks and to track the fire programs effectiveness. Additional duties will include consultation regarding fire code requirements in high hazard situations, consultation with the fire department on high hazard issues, and assistance with obtaining materials related permits. This position will also assist in planning of university functions concerning proper layout and fire department inspections.



  1. Conduct fire safety inspections and building inspections for fire, safety, and life safety issues. Inspect all CWRU building and rental properties for fire code compliance. Maintain joint records with EHS, Protective Systems, and Plant Services for all fire detection and suppression equipment to ensure compliance. Record and follow-up on complaints and/or suggestions regarding fire and life safety issues. Assist with the investigation in any fire and life safety incident. (40%)
  2. Assist with freshman orientation activities/training. Provide fire extinguisher training as required for all CWRU groups and associates. Train Fire Floor Captains in regards to evacuation plans. Coordinate and facilitate fire prevention educational programs for faculty, staff, and students. (10%)
  3. Provide emergency response; on call 24/7.  Create and maintain building emergency action plans for all university owned facilities. Conduct fire and emergency drills for all university owned facilities. Assist with emergency response activities as needed. Create the annual fire safety report in compliance with the Federal Higher Education Opportunity Act. (20%)
  4. Ensure the university’s compliance with the Ohio Fire Code as well as other federal and local codes and standards. Work with Facilities and Construction, and architects with regards to building renovations and designs. Ensure CWRU standards, the Ohio Fire Code, as well as other federal and local codes and standards are compliant in regards to building renovations and designs. Assist with writing CWRU standards in regards to laboratory safety, building construction, and other safety items as they pertain to EHS. (10%)
  5. Manage the Hot Work and Red Tag program. Issue university fire safety permits for events that occur on campus. Assist Protective Systems with fire alarm bypasses/re-enables. Assist Protective Systems with testing of fire protection equipment. Gather and maintain data regarding fire alarm activations and fires on campus. Conduct fire watch activities for special events or fire systems shutdowns, as needed. Assist individuals with obtaining the proper permits from the local authority having jurisdiction. (18%)



  1. Contribute to web site, newsletter, and other EHS communication methods. (1%)
  2. Perform other duties as assigned. (1%)



Department: Regular contact with EHS staff, University faculty and staff, campus service personnel, lab personnel, and service personnel to create a safe environment for all students, employees, and patrons.

University: Regular contact with University departments to coordinate emergency evacuation drills and fire inspections. Consults with University architects and engineers in review of design for fire and life safety issues on a request basis. Consults with Housing and Property to arrange Occasional contact with directors, managers and project coordinators for design and bid of fire and life safety equipment. Contact with University service groups to coordinate integration and resources related to fire and life safety.

External: Regular contact with external governing agencies for review and inspection of new and existing fire and life safety equipment and issues, such as Cleveland Fire Department, Cleveland Heights Fire Department.

Students: Regular contact with students during fire inspections, emergency evacuation drills, and fire safety training programs.






Experience: 1 to 3 years of experience conducting fire inspections (insurance or firefighting or university), firefighting, or fire investigation; prefer experience to include 2 years fire safety experience in an academic setting; Experience in insurance industry with emphasis on fire and building inspections preferred

Education/Licensing: Bachelor’s or higher required. Certification as a Fire Inspector preferred (Ohio Administrative Code 4765-11-14). Valid driver’s license with acceptable record required. Employee must be able to pass an FBI background check and to work with children



  1. Familiarity with the current Ohio Fire Code, Ohio Building Code, and NFPA Standards.
  2. Good communications skills and ability to effectively multi-task.
  3. Excellent problem solving skills.
  4. Ability to work under deadlines to achieve positive results.
  5. Proficient in Microsoft computer applications.
  6. Required ability to read blueprints and be familiar with AutoCAD drafting program.



On call 24/7.  Required to carry CWRU issued phone. Will be required to work on evenings and weekends.  Typical physical demands require full body motion including ability to perform work while bending, stooping, stretching, and climbing ladders. Typically required to lift or push 25 to 100 pounds and/or assist exceeding 100 pounds. The employee will be required to drive either University owned vehicle or personal vehicle to conduct job responsibilities. The employee will work in tunnels, mechanical rooms, attics, garages, and other areas of campus buildings. The employee will use a computer regularly. The employee will work in and around various environments that include labs, animals, infectious agents, moving machinery, lasers, pesticides, radioactive materials, bloodborne pathogens, repetitive motion, chemicals, restricted access areas, chemicals, powered industrial vehicle (fork/ reach/ bucket lift), confined space entry, excessive noise, UV light, X-ray, fumes and dust. The employee may need personal protective equipment such as gloves, protective eyewear, hardhat, respiratory protection, hearing protection, and protective clothing.




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Posted: 12/12/2018
Application Due: 1/20/2019
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