Fire Safety Coord

Rochester, Monroe County
Jan 23, 2014
The University of Rochester is one of the country's top-tier research universities. Our 158 buildings house more than 200 academic majors, more than 2,000 faculty and instructional staff, and some 10,500 students–approximately half of whom are women. Learning at the University of Rochester is on a very personal scale. Rochester remains one of the smallest and most collegiate among top research universities, with smaller classes, a low 10:1 student to teacher ratio, and increased interactions with faculty.

Location: Central Admin-Sr VP & CFO

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular


Full Time   40 hours   Grade 053   Environmental Health & Safety


8 AM-5 PM

General Purpose

Directs, plans, and manages fire safety and prevention program, establishes fire prevention measures and insures conformance to fire prevention codes and practices for area University property and programs assigned by Supervisor.

Specific Responsibilities

Under general direction and with wide latitude for the exercise of independent judgment:

Directs fire protection and prevention program for the area of assignment including the testing of existing fire protection equipment, the inspection of all assigned properties for fire safety, and training of employees and students in fire safety, prevention, and the conducting of fire drills.

Directs or performs inspections of buildings, construction, and renovation sites for fire hazards and for compliance with existing regulatory codes and standards related to fire and general safety. 

Represents the University internally and with outside agencies on matters concerning fire prevention and protection.  Serves as a member of appropriate University and local governmental safety committees.

Advises internal and consultant architects and engineers on all new construction and renovation projects during the design stage.  Reviews plans and specifications to assure compliance with codes and standards.

Responds to emergencies in assigned area, and other areas if necessary, and participates in Incident Command System to resolve incident.  Investigates fires.  Collaborates with Rochester Fire Department to determine cause and extent of fires.  Reports findings and recommends corrective actions to prevent recurrence of fires.  Follows-up on corrective actions taken.

Investigates all fire-related and employee injuries in assigned area.  Recommends corrective action and follows-up on actions taken.  Reports findings to supervisor.

Keeps departments informed of rules, regulations, and policies relating to fire safety, protection, prevention, and general safety; assures compliance with those regulations.  Provides technical assistance and training to departments in achieving code compliance with fire safety regulations.  Keeps departments informed of regulations and changes in regulations and the impact on operations.   Advises area department and EH & S management of significant fire protection/prevention deficiencies and assists in defining priorities for corrective action.

Conducts training sessions and provides consultation to staff and students on fire related subjects such as fire prevention, laboratory safety, fire survival, and regulatory codes.

Maintains files of findings on all activities;  recommends corrective action where needed.  Directs follow-up to assure completion of recommended actions.

Maintains current familiarity with all existing codes, regulations, University policies, and standards related to fire prevention, protection, and general safety.  Keeps management informed of impact on University of changes in regulations.  Plans and directs new fire protection and prevention programs when needed.

Advises departments on safe office layouts and advises on fire-retardant interior finishes and furnishings.

Collaborates with representatives of governmental agencies, insurance carriers, and accreditation organizations in inspections of facilities and reviews of procedures.

Works with other Fire Safety Unit staff to formulate and maintain standards and policies related to University-wide fire prevention and protection.  Works with affected departments and University administrators to develop policies and implementation programs.

Maintains relationship with Rochester Fire Department concerning fire prevention and building familiarization and with the Building Bureau for code interpretation.

Maintains extensive documentation of all Fire Safety Unit activities related to assigned area including inspections, fire drills, fires, and any other fire related activities.

Recommends ways to improve fire protection, fire prevention, and fire safety at the University.


Associate's degree in Fire Science, and 2 years of fire prevention experience or 5 years of code review and enforcement experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.  Within 1 year of appointment be qualified to test fire alarm systems as permitted by National Fire Protection Association 72, National Fire Alarm Code, for inspection, testing and maintenance of fire alarm systems. Preferred Certified as a New York State Code Enforcement Officer.

How To Apply

All applicants must apply online.

The University of Rochester is an Equal Opportunity Employer.