The work involves responsibility for applying the principles and practices of engineering to a wide range of technical matters concerning the preservation of life and property by preventing or minimizing loss resulting from fires, explosions and hazards related to fires. Under the general supervision of a Fire Chief or Deputy Fire Chief, an employee in this class advises on proper design arrangement, the use and selection of building materials, the handling of equipment and materials, and the analysis of fire and explosion hazards. An employee in this class must be capable of understanding and designing fire extinguishing and detection systems and must understand the application of fire protection principles to fire department, water supply and building code aspects of community planning. An employee in this class is fully aware of the operating procedures and policies of the work unit. This position provides general supervision of the Fire Protection Engineer I and other unit staff. Does related work as required.


Reviews residential, commercial, and industrial plans and specifications for compliance with state and local fire prevention codes and ordinances.

Reviews and evaluates site construction and all other system plans to ensure compliance with applicable regulations, standards, and codes; issues written correspondence outlining code interpretations and deficiencies found in plan review.

Reviews and evaluates sprinkler systems, fire main installations, detection and alarm systems, smoke control systems, and other fire protection components for code compliance.

Reviews site development plans to ensure adequate water supply and fire hydrant availability; places hydrants and water main locations for new developments and annexations; conducts engineering computations such as fire flow, hydraulic design, building areas, and occupant loads.

Reviews proposals and recommends modifications; reviews technical literature and proposes new fire protection procedures; makes recommendations as to the allocation of departmental resources and program modifications to enable the department to meet public safety needs.

Provides technical assistance and guidance to architects, engineers, developers, contractors, building owners, and various fire department personnel by providing technical interpretations of building and fire codes as they apply to a jurisdiction.

Responsible for the training, evaluation, and supervision of assigned staff.

Trains and advises fire personnel about fire science, fire protection components, fire prevention inspection practices, and hazards of occupancy and codes compliance.

Writes comprehensive technical reports, analyzes complex fire protection issues, and makes recommendations.

Serves as subject matter expert in the areas of fire protection, life safety, and fire department emergency related services.


Comprehensive knowledge of modern and currently accepted fire protection engineering practices and safety standards.

Thorough knowledge of engineering requirements for fire protection, extinguishing and detection systems, inclusive of water supply system design and hazard control.

Thorough knowledge of basic principles of civil engineering and components of building construction, inclusive of heating, ventilation, and air condition systems

Good knowledge of building construction, fire prevention and fire inspection standards, codes, ordinances, rules and regulations.

Good knowledge of the theories of fire protection.

Good knowledge of computer modeling and fire simulations to test theories and materials for use in design.

. Good knowledge of basic principles of electrical, mechanical, and chemical engineering practices.

Good knowledge of Fire Protection Association Standards.

Good knowledge of risk management of fire and explosion, and related hazard loss.

Good knowledge of principles and practices of supervision.

Working knowledge of urban planning and fire department protection.

Skilled at determining human behavior in regard to fire safety.

Ability to read and interpret plans, blueprints and specifications including fire suppression,

Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.

Ability to supervise in a manner conducive to full performance and high morale.

Ability to maintain a calm and professional demeanor in a confrontational or difficult situation.

Ability to function independently under general supervision.



Two (2) years of permanent competitive class status in the title of Fire Protection Engineer.


  1. Graduation with a baccalaureate degree or higher in Fire Protection Engineering from a regionally accredited college or university or one accredited by the New York State Board of Regents to grant degrees; and three (3) years of full-time work experience in fire protection engineering; or,

  1. Graduation with a baccalaureate degree or higher in either Civil Engineering or Mechanical Engineering, with a Graduate Certificate in Fire Protection Engineering to indicate completion of four or more thematically related fire protection engineering courses from a regionally accredited college or university or one accredited by the New York State Board of Regents to grant degrees, and three (3) years of full-time experience in fire protection engineering.

  1. Possession of Engineer-in-Training (EIT) certification and three (3) years of full-time work experience in fire protection engineering.

Special Necessary Requirement

When required to operate a motor vehicle, possession of a valid New York State Non-CDL or CDL, including any special endorsements, as required for the type of vehicle being operated. Where possession of a license is required, eligibility for and continued possession of the license is required for employment.

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