Fire Lieutenant - Fire Investigator - Non Shift - Westminster, CO

September 3, 2019


Fire Lieutenant - Fire Investigator - Non Shift




This Fire Lieutenant - Fire Investigator position performs highly skilled administrative and technical work. This position conducts and oversees the investigation of hazardous material incidents, citizens' complaints regarding fire code violations, citizen complaints concerning the activities of Fire Department personnel, and referrals from other departments and agencies pertaining to fire code related requirements.
This position will also be required to conduct fire inspections of buildings and facilities throughout the City of Westminster; perform fire protection system testing; and follow-up with businesses, citizens and employees regarding technical requirements of the fire code.
This position manages emergency scene investigations including fire, arson and hazardous materials and exercises general and technical supervision over members of the Fire Department Investigation Team and fire suppression personnel as it relates to investigation activities.
This position reports to the Fire Marshal and carries out their work under the direction of both the Deputy Chief/Administration and the Fire Marshal.  This is a safety sensitive position.
The full salary range for this position is stated above. Starting wages are negotiable and dependent on the qualifications and experience of each individual candidate. The City of Westminster offers a bonus of up to $1,500 per year depending on the employee's fluency in Spanish, Hmong, and/or Laotian.




The mission of every employee at the City of Westminster is to deliver exceptional value and quality of life through SPIRIT.  Each employee is measured by the ability to adhere to the City's core values of Service, Pride, Integrity, Responsibility, Innovation, and Teamwork.
This position promotes the mission and values of the City of Westminster by supporting the goals of the Fire Department, which is responsible for providing timely emergency response to fire and emergency medical calls; ensuring the safety of personnel, citizens, and visitors to the community; and educating residents and business owners on fire safety, emergency medical prevention and emergency preparedness.
Every employee is accountable to:
  • Demonstrate a high level of customer service; encourage others to focus on the customer; foster an environment where customer service is a priority
  • Communicate with customers to ensure that, where possible, they are satisfied and that their needs are being addressed; solicit and evaluate customer feedback
  • Act as an ambassador by understanding and fostering the organization's mission and vision
  • Exhibit pride in self, the department, the city and the community; conduct self in a professional manner
  • Demonstrate integrity and build trust through credibility, reliability, commitment, loyalty and ethical behavior
  • Address difficult or contentious issues in a constructive manner
  • Support/promote change; demonstrate flexibility and takes calculated risks when appropriate
  • Participate in personal growth opportunities and attend trainings designed to enhance capacity to bring new skills and ideas to the job and the organization
  • Work to continuously improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the service or product being delivered
  • Demonstrate support for team efforts by accepting new roles and responsibilities, and helping others achieve objectives
  • Value diversity; demonstrate an awareness of differences; demonstrate sensitivity and adapt behaviors and communication to accommodate these differences
Citywide - Every employee in this position is accountable to:
  • Establish effective interpersonal relationships through honest, open communication and follow-through on commitments
  • Recognize personal strengths and weaknesses and target areas for personal self-development
  • Demonstrate initiative in performing job tasks
  • Exhibit problem-solving skills leading to sound judgment and quality decisions
  • Achieve goals, handle assigned workload and new assignments effectively; demonstrate an ability to work independently
  • Communicate effectively with individuals and groups using clear and concise verbal and written communications
  • Demonstrate accountability for work and take ownership in job performance
  • Demonstrate concern for the accuracy and quality of work; take steps to correct mistakes and improve the overall product
Job Specific  Every employee in this position must be able to:
  • Demonstrate knowledge:
    • of theories, principles, procedures, techniques, and equipment used in the field of fire investigation
    • of technical and legal requirements of fire investigation including fire laws, rules, and regulations
    • used in fire and arson investigation including, but not limited to: incendiary devices; electrical, chemical, and flammable liquid fires; technical report writing; interview and interrogation techniques; and arson motives
    • of City of Westminster ordinances, state and federal laws, the International Fire, Building, and Mechanical Codes, the National Electrical Code, NFPA 70, and related codes and standards as they pertain to the duties and responsibilities of this position
    • of the planning, building and review processes; knowledge of and ability to interpret official development plans, comprehensive land use plan, and other related documents.
    • of and ability to review and approve business licenses to ensure code compliance
  • Supervise complex fire investigations, makes a determination as to the cause of fire, and brings the investigation to a successful conclusion
  • Provide employee training including curriculum development, classroom training, and field training
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
  • Interact and maintain effective working relationships with a wide variety of people
  • Demonstrate proficiency utilizing software and computer equipment relevant to the position
  • Respond timely and safely in emergencies and work within an incident command structure
  • Read and understand technical written materials such as building and fire codes
  • Communicate with others under stressful conditions and remain calm and calm others in emotionally charged situations




Essential Job Functions, Duties, Responsibilities and Tasks
1.   Directs and coordinates:
  • all fire investigation activities to ensure quality investigations and records maintenance
  • fire investigation activities with local, State, Federal and/or private agencies
  • departmental personnel investigations, candidate background investigations and administrative inquiries which will require coordination of investigation activities with other agencies and departments
2.   Coordinates and works with:
  • District Attorneys and prosecutors for the successful prosecution of arson cases or other illegal action
  • Police Department in conducting fire investigations; evidence collection, analysis, or retention; and the maintenance of required Police Officer/Fire Investigator certification
3.   Establishes:
  • programs, policies, and procedures for the Fire Investigation Team
  • training criteria and provides investigation training to fire investigators and fire suppression personnel
  • annual budget for the fire investigation team and manages expenditures to ensure a balanced budget
4.   Investigates complaints from citizens, other City departments, outside agencies and organizations regarding:
5.   Manages enforcement of and education regarding code issues such as barbeques, fire pits, bon fires, and tents
6.   Performs reviews of and approves permits for tents, bonfires, and events
7.   Records and tracks Tier II reports
8.   Manages all aspects of investigations
9.   This position:
  • is subject to call-out on emergency calls and will be required to respond to fire scenes or other designated locations to assist in the investigation of an incident or event
  • requires a general high level of physical and mental fitness and will be required to participate in the Department's physical fitness program and be tested at least once per year
  • requires, on occasion, to function as an emergency response personnel at the scene of an emergency
  • requires driving; must operate City vehicles in a safe manner
Other Duties and Responsibilities
1.   May provide input on performance evaluation of members of the Fire Investigation Team specific to investigation activities
Incumbent is accountable for all duties of this job and other projects and responsibilities may be added at the City's discretion.




  • Associate Degree or 60 college credit hours toward a Bachelor Degree
  • EMT-B Certification
  • Haz-Mat operations level
  • ICS 300
  • NAFI or IAAI Certification
  • CFEI Certification
  • IFC Inspector II Certification
  • Proficiency utilizing software and computer equipment relevant to the position
  • Minimum two (2) years of experience as Paramedic/Engineer with cumulative fire service experience of five (5) years; or with cumulative fire service experience of nine (9) years at the firefighter level
  • Maintain a valid Colorado Driver's License and safe driving record throughout employment
  • Accommodation of any of the requirements defined in NFPA 1033, Professional Qualifications for Fire Investigator
Any equivalent combination of education, training and experience, which would provide the required knowledge and skills, may be considered.
Physical Requirements
This position is physical in nature, requires a high level of fitness and involves:
  • Constant standing and walking on uneven terrain in various conditions to perform inspections; constant squatting, bending and kneeling to perform inspections at various sites
  • Frequent sitting to write reports and drive to and from inspection sites; frequent twisting to inspect site structure and electrical wiring
  • Occasional crawling to inspect multi-level structures; occasional climbing and balancing on ladders, stairs, framing and step ladders at unprotected heights to look for structural hazards; occasional reaching overhead and below shoulder to manipulate tools and equipment
  • Frequent light grasp, hand manipulation and handling needed to use equipment; occasional firm grasp is needed to manipulate tools
  • Frequent stepping up/down to get in and out of vehicles, trenches and foundations; frequent actuate mechanism needed to safely operate vehicles
  • Frequent use of far acuity to detect hazards; constant use of near acuity to write reports and perform office tasks
  • Occasional lifting and carrying of up to thirty (30) pounds 100 feet to move ladders from vehicle to inspection site; occasional pushing/pulling of up to twenty (20) pounds to open garage doors and overhead doors
This position involves significant administrative office work.  During investigations and inspections, this position will physically spend time in the out-of-doors environment, operate vehicles in all weather conditions and be subject to mentally and physically stressful environments.  This position is occasionally exposed to situations of extreme heat or cold, wet/humid conditions, environmental contamination, or other less than safe or comfortable conditions.  The nature of on-scene investigation work is physically demanding and strenuous.
Position will be exposed on a limited basis to potential burns; radiant energy; explosive, electrical and mechanical hazards; and to working at heights.  Potential for exposure to catastrophic conditions such as high wind, blizzard, flooding, hail, etc., exists on a limited basis.  Moderate potential for exposure to toxic or caustic chemicals, stress, blood-borne pathogens, and motor vehicle traffic hazards associated with emergency situations.
Employee may enter areas of loud and/or irritating noises such as engines and generators on a limited basis.  Potential for exposure to fumes, odors, dusts, mists, and gases under poorly ventilated conditions exists on a limited basis.
Required Materials and Equipment
Vehicles and equipment related to fire inspections, hazardous materials, and fire investigations, including photographic equipment, evidence handling equipment, personal protective equipment, standard fire fighting equipment, emergency medical equipment, authorized weapons, shovels & other hand or power tools, radio, pager, computer, telephone, copier, and various related business equipment.
Operation of computer programs including Microsoft Windows, Word, Excel, Outlook, Records Management, Incident Reporting, and Internet Explorer.
Equipment related to other fire prevention functions, including but not limited to, flow test gauges, wrenches, hand tools, and ladders.
  • Background checks will include employment references and criminal history and when applicable, credit check, driver's license record, education verification
  • Pre-employment drug screen
  • Pre-employment physical
  • Must be legally entitled to work in the United States



The City of Westminster offers a comprehensive benefit package including:
         Health and Dental
         Flexible Spending
         Deferred Compensation
         Term Life Insurance
         Long-term Disability
         Survivor Benefits
         Wellness Program
         Education and Training Reimbursement
         General leave that provides vacation, holidays, and illness leave


The minimum requirements to be considered for this Fire Investigator position are: Associate Degree or 60 college credit hours toward a Bachelor's Degree EMT-B Certification Haz-Mat operations level ICS 300 NAFI or IAAI Certification CFEI Certification IFC Inspector II Certification Proficiency utilizing software and computer equipment relevant to the position Minimum two (2) years of experience as Paramedic/Engineer with cumulative fire service experience of five (5) years; or with cumulative fire service experience of nine (9) years at the firefighter level Maintain a valid Colorado Driver's License and safe driving record throughout employment As of the application deadline, will you meet all of these requirements?
  • Yes
  • No
Do you have a valid driver's license and safe driving record?
  • Yes
  • No
A copy of your college transcript showing the number of college hours you have completed to date must be attached to the application. A copy will suffice; it does not need to be a sealed, certified transcript. Have you attached this information to the application?
  • Yes
  • No
What specifically has prepared you to assume the role of Fire Lieutenant - Fire Investigator?

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Closing Date / Removed from Database Date
September 23, 2019

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