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ESD Fire Safety

About the University of Georgia:

The University of Georgia (UGA), a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities is the state’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education ( UGA is currently ranked among the top 20 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University’s main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA was founded in 1785 by the Georgia General Assembly as the first state-chartered University in the country. UGA employs approximately 1,800 full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,600 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 36,000 students including over 27,500 undergraduates and over 8,500 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 17 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.

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Benefits Eligibility:

Benefits Eligible

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Full Time

Additional Schedule Information:

Monday-Friday 8-5
Occasional after hours and weekends

Advertised Salary:

Commensurate with Experience

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Open until filled:


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Location of Vacancy:

Athens Area

EEO Policy Statement:

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR ([email protected]).

Classification Title:

Safety/Risk Mgmt Technical/Paraprofessional/Professional



Job Family:

Environmental Safety



Minimum Qualifications:

Requires technical knowledge in the field acquired through an apprenticeship, a 2-year degree, or professional certificate. Please contact your Human Resources office for an evaluation of education/experience in lieu of the required minimum qualifications.

Position Summary:

This position answers directly to the University of Georgia Manager of Fire Safety and fulfill all the requirements of a Fire Safety Inspector In-Training prior to being elevated to the Fire Safety Inspector I position. The Fire Safety Inspector I position will work in close cooperation with the University of Georgia Manager of Fire Safety and the State of Georgia State Fire Marshal’s Office in the review and implementation of the State’s Minimum Fire Safety Standards. In collaboration with their manager, the incumbent will work to continuously improve business processes, procedures and practices through qualitative and quantitative performance metrics, while supporting a culture of safety and compliance. They will possess excellent communication skills that will embrace this role which is responsible for the hands-on implementation of the basic Fire Safety Standards.

A Fire Safety Inspector I is responsible for inspection of existing building structures, and the University as a whole, for compliance with the State of Georgia Minimum Fire Safety Standards (State Code 120-3-3), the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) Life Safety Code, the International Code Council’s (ICC) International Fire Code and all other applicable codes and regulations. The incumbent is responsible for the inspection of building renovation projects and new construction, and issuance of “hot work” and “fireworks and pyrotechnic” permits.

The Fire Safety Inspector I will also provide University departments with general recommendations and guidance for improving fire safety standards, and assist departments with resolving structural and non-structural code violations, accompany the State Fire Marshal during official visits and maintain a comprehensive building file system. This person will assist with Fire Safety training and development, emergency pre-planning, and perform other duties as assigned by the Fire Safety Manager. The Fire Safety Inspector I will also provide written reports in a professional manner, submit a weekly report of activities to the Fire Safety Manager, and be proficient in the use of basic computer skills including the use of Microsoft Office applications.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies:

Have working knowledge of NFPA and ICC codes as well as O.C.G.A. § 8, 25 and State regulation 120-3-3.
- Be proficient in the use of computers including e-mail, internet research, software programs and Microsoft Office applications: Access, Excel, PowerPoint, Word, and Outlook.
- Be able to communicate effectively both verbally and in written form.
- Be able to work effectively as part of a team and with other members of the University community including interaction with a variety of personalities at all levels, exercising tact, sound judgment, diplomacy, and flexibility to promote positive working relationships and job effectiveness.
- Have organizational and analytical skills with the ability to follow-through on assignments with minimal direction and oversight.
- Be able to interpret policies, procedures, codes and regulations and to propose solutions to problems.
- Be able to produce clear and well written inspection reports.
- Be able to operate a State of Georgia motor vehicle.
- Be able to work some weekends and non-traditional hours.
- Be able to travel outside of the Athens area for two to six weeks per year.

Physical Demands:

Generally in good health, capable of extensive walking, climbing stairs and ladders and lift a minimum of 40 lbs. Enter laboratories using chemicals, biological and radioactive agents, lasers and high powered magnetic fields.

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Does this position have direct interaction or care of children under the age of 18 or direct patient care?:


Does this position have Security Access (e.g., public safety, IT security, personnel records, patient records, or access to chemicals and medications):


Credit and P-Card policy:

Be advised a credit check will be required for all positions with financial responsibilities. For additional information about the credit check criteria, visit the UGA Credit Background Check website.


Inspection of University Structures

Perform annual and follow-up inspection of University structures on the main campus and other sites owned and operated by the University of Georgia state wide. Inspections will emphasis compliance with the Life Safety Code and other applicable fire safety codes and regulations. Check certification and maintenance of fire alarm systems, sprinkler systems, fire extinguishers, emergency lights, signage and other code/standard required items as well as structural compliance with the fire codes.

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Review Submitted Plans and Shop Drawings

The Fire Safety Inspector I position will be able to read plans* and recognize standard fire symbols and terminology. Under supervision of the Fire Safety Manager, the incumbent will learn to review submitted plans, shop drawings, and engineering submittals of all types for construction and renovation at the University regarding fire safety considerations as agreed to in the Memorandum of Understanding with the State Fire Marshal’s Office. Plans will be reviewed for compliance with State Law, N.F.P.A. and ICC standards as well as other applicable codes and regulations. Provide written comments to the submitting person/organization and issue building permits as needed.

The Incumbent is to be able to review plans** independently within three (3) years of their hire date through hands-on learning and/or formal classroom training and certification through a recognized agency (i.e. NFPA, National Fire Academy or the State of Georgia Public Safety Training Center) plus a formal recommendation of competency by the Fire Safety Manager.

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Provide Guidance on Fire Safety Standards

Provide University departments with general recommendations and guidance for improving fire safety standards. Facility inspections shall be prepared in a professional, legible and understandable manner and submitted to designated individuals within five working days of completion of inspection.

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Consult With Departments to Resolve Code Violations

Consult with departments to resolve structural and non-structural code violations noted during first-time, follow-up, special, or annul inspections. Provide the inspected department and other involved departments and divisions with accurate information and assistance in correcting noted deficiencies. Provide written reports on consultations to the consult department and the Fire Safety Manager. Conduct follow-up inspections on consultations and provide updated reports within 90 days. Stay abreast of current fire codes applicable to University facilities and operations.

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Accompany State Fire Marshal of Official Visits

Accompany the State Fire Marshal on 80% inspections, 100% inspections, follow-up inspections and consultative visits for new construction, renovation projects and other needed activities. Provide information and set appointments to facilitate visits from the State Fire Marshal’s Office.

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Assist With Emergency Pre-Planning

Assess current University facilities and provide/update emergency pre-plan information in the format determined by the Fire Safety Manager. The Fire Safety Inspector I position will work closely with the Facilities Management Division and the Athens-Clarke County Fire Department/or other applicable Fire Departments in reviewing emergency pre-plan information and needs assessment. A copy of pre-planning documents will be provided to the Fire Safety Manager, Facilities Management Division, University Police, UGA Office of Security Preparedness and the Athens-Clarke County Fire Department. Files will also be kept electronically.

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Provide Written Reports

Provide a weekly report to the Fire Safety Manager on job task activities. Weekly reports are to be completed by the end of the business day on Mondays or the first business day after holidays or personal leave days. Work with supervisor to set goals which promote department productivity and/or facilitate the department in the achievement of its mission. The Fire Safety Inspector I position will also provide written inspection reports and other reports as directed by the Fire Safety Manager.

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Other Duties

Perform other duties as assigned by the Fire Safety Manager. This includes but is not limited to attending needed meetings, writing reports, assisting with emergency situations when needed, traveling to UGA facilities around the state addressing fire safety issues, working sporting event venues and other special events as needed. The Fire Safety Inspector I position will also participate in continuing education to maintain professional certifications and complete other assignments and projects as assigned.

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Assist With Fire Safety Training

Assist with fire safety training activities. The Fire Safety Inspector I position will have knowledge of general fire safety codes, fire safety prevention and emergency response techniques. This includes knowledge of fire extinguisher types and appropriate use as well as evacuation methods and emergency pre-planning. The Fire Safety Inspector I position will also learn to use a fire extinguisher simulator and assist in the development and delivery of training programs including, but not limited to, fire safety in the following areas:

Fire Drills and Emergency Evacuation
Commercial Kitchens
University Housing
Laboratories as defined by NFPA 45
Laboratory Assistants and Science Teachers
Fire Safety in Greek Housing
Facilities Management Division – Grounds Department

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Maintain a Comprehensive Filing System

Maintain a comprehensive building file containing all pertinent fire safety documents. Files are maintained in a manner that can be easily understood and accessed by management. All reports and letters received and /or sent out are to be posted on a weekly basis. The Fire Safety Inspector I position will use the existing forms and filing system of the UGA Office of Fire Safety, and assist in the development and/or up-date of new and existing documents as needed.

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Posted: 1/12/2021
Application Due: 3/13/2021
Work Type: Full Time