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Fire Protection Assistant (Summer 2022)

The City of Rochester invites applications for:

Fire Protection Assistant 
(Summer 2022)
The City of Rochester is committed to a community where all members feel a sense of belonging. We commit to recognizing the diversity of our community members, listening to ALL voices and providing equitable services to create an inclusive place to live, play and work.
We believe EQUITY should be at the center of all our work. We strive to represent our community in our teammates, as we know that diverse and inclusive teams are more innovative, and have an empowering impact on the work, progress and culture of our community.
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"Your Rochester Fire Department will compassionately solve problems that threaten life, health and property."

The Rochester Fire Marshal's Division is focused on fire prevention through the enforcement of regulatory fire codes, investigation of fires, and the education of the public.
Nature of Work
This is a limited, part-time position with up to 40 hours per week available the summer of 2022.  The Fire Protection Assistant is a responsible, professional position assisting with the development and delivery of fire protection services. The primary functions of this position are to assist with plan reviews, new construction inspection, and provide technical consultation on a wide variety of fire protection engineering issues. The work will be under the direct supervision of a member of the Fire Marshal’s Division team.
Work Schedule:
Up to 40 hours per week between 7:30am - 5pm, Monday - Friday.  Hours can be flexible in this timeframe based upon chosen candidate's availability.
*Pursuant to MN Statute, seasonal assignments are limited to 67 working days per calendar year or 100 working days per calendar year if the employees are under the age of 22, are full-time students enrolled in a nonprofit or public educational institution prior to being hired by the employer, and have indicated, either in an application for employment or by being enrolled at an educational institution for the next academic year or term, an intention to continue as students during or after their temporary employment
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.



Assigned duties in the Fire Marshal's Division may include: 

  • Examine plan documents for compliance with applicable regulations and industry standards
  • Identify deficiencies and communicate corrective actions to applicant(s); to include site plans, fire alarm and fire sprinkler plans, and special suppression/detection plans
  • Develop plan review forms and checklists
  • Conduct new construction, maintenance, and complaint inspections to ensure compliance with laws, codes, ordinances, regulations and standards
  • Identify deficiencies and communicate corrective actions and required timelines; conduct follow up inspections to ensure compliance with applicable codes
  • Develop inspection forms and checklist
  • Assist in hazardous materials permitting
  • Provides fire protection engineering consultation to other Divisions within the Fire Department
  • Conduct fire prevention classes and demonstrations as directed
  • Assist in the development and creation of a Community Risk Reduction Survey
  • Assist in the development/revision of related fire codes and ordinances while working with state and local officials in the process, where applicable
  • Complete special projects as assigned



Due to the hazardous work in this position, qualified candidates must be at least 18 years of age. 

Education and Experience
Completion of at least one year of college or technical school in a field related to mechanical or chemical engineering or fire protection technology/engineering.

Experience in professional fire protection engineering work or a closely related field is preferred, but not required.

Licenses and/or Certifications
Valid driver's license

Additional Requirements
Post-secondary grade point average of at least 2.5
Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs including Word and Excel 2016

Knowledge of: modern fire protection methods and procedures; fire chemistry and principles of fire behavior; building construction practices; theories, principles and practices of fire science; statutory regulations related to fire, building and housing codes; associated industry standards; and risk reduction principles, techniques and equipment.

Ability to: critically analyze information; make sound decisions; interpret and apply appropriate codes and ordinances; read and write technical reports; keep accurate records; present complex information in an understandable manner; understand and properly apply fire safety codes and regulations; understand principles and operation of alarm systems, automatic fire sprinkler systems and other relevant technology; deal courteously and effectively with the public; establish and maintain cooperative relationships with internal and external customers; adapt to changing work environments; utilize management information systems; and operate a motor vehicle in all weather conditions.

Skill in: work independently in organizing and prioritizing work assignments; exercising good judgment in stressful situations; and effective communication techniques.


In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the following represents the physical and environmental demands for this position. The employee must be able to perform the essential functions with or without accommodation. In consideration of the overall amount of physical effort and the exertion of force (lifting, carrying, pushing and pulling) required to perform this position during non-investigation circumstances, Light Work: Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects.

Physical demands that may be required continuously (2/3 or more of the time), frequently (1/3 to 2/3 of the time), and occasionally (up to 1/3 of the time) are noted below:
Frequent demands: standing, sitting, walking, reaching, and fine dexterity.
Occasional demands: crouching, lifting, pushing, pulling, handling, carrying, crawling, kneeling, bending, twisting, climbing, balancing, and foot controls

Sensory requirements necessary in the performance of the essential functions of this position include: sight, hearing, touch, and smell.

Environmental conditions that may exist in the performance of the essential functions of this job include:
Extreme cold (below 32 degrees)
Extreme heat (above 100 degrees)
Noise (need to shout in order to be heard)
Vibration (exposure to oscillating movements of the extremities or whole body)
Exposure to dust/gas/fumes/steam/chemicals
Work outdoors (no effective protection from weather)
Walk on uneven ground (gravel, rocks, mounds, construction sites)
Work at heights (such as on scaffolding or ladders)
Working around moving machinery (fork-lifts, tractors, mowers)
Protective equipment required (respirator, mask, earplugs, gloves, eyewear, etc.)
Potential exposure to infectious diseases

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