State Fire Marshal-FT

The official state police force of the U.S. state of Maryland Fire Prevention Commission and Fire Marshal are seeking a State Fire Marshal, the agency head of the Office of the State Fire Marshal. This is a management-level position, with the overall responsibility for leading and coordinating all activities related to fire prevention, fire and life safety inspections, plan reviews, fire investigation, and explosives licensing and mitigation. The State Fire Marshal provides direction to the Chief Deputy State Marshal, Chief Fire Protection Engineer, Public Affairs Officer, and other administrative staff.


  • Manages and leads all activities of the Office of the State Fire Marshal, which includes fire prevention, code enforcement, fire and explosives investigation, public fire education and fire data collection and analysis. Ensures laws and regulations are implemented in accordance with the Public Safety Article, Title 6 of the Maryland Code, and the State Fire Prevention Code. Along with the laws and regulations in accordance with Public Safety Article, Title 9, of the Maryland Code, Public Safety Article, Title 10, of the Maryland Code and Public Safety Article, Title 11, of the Maryland Code.
  • Supervises the activities of the Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal, Chief Fire Protection Engineer, Public Affairs Officer, and administrative support staff to ensure all goals, objectives and functions of the Office of the State Fire Marshal are completed in accordance with established policies and procedures.
  • Prepares the Agency budget and legislation in conjunction with the Department of State Police.
  • Directs and oversees various administrative programs of the Office of the State Fire Marshal to ensure issues and potential challenges are effectively addressed. Programs include, but are not limited to human resources, recruitment, budget and finance, capital projects including facilities, training, information technology, fleet management, data collection and statistical analysis.
  • Serves as the Office of the State Fire Marshal liaison with State agencies.
  • Maintains a working relationship and coordinates with allied agencies to ensure consistent communications regarding issues of homeland security, natural disasters, and public safety.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Education: Possession of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Experience: Five years of experience in fire prevention, fire investigation, promotion of fire safety, fire protection engineering or teaching fire safety engineering with three of the five years being at the management level.

Selective Qualifications:

Three of the five years of the required minimum experience must have included managing the operations, functions and full-time staff of a public safety organization tasked with performing the following activities:

  1. Ensuring compliance with fire code enforcement
  2. Public fire education
  3. Fire data collection and analysis.
  4. Budget development / administration for the organization
  5. Managing and supervising the activities of all professional and administrative support staff

Licenses, Registrations & Certifications:

  • Employees in this classification may be assigned duties which require the operation of a motor vehicle.
  • Employees assigned such duties will be required to possess a motor vehicle operator’s license valid in the State of Maryland.

Special Requirements:

In accordance with Section 2-204 (b) (6) of the Public Safety Article, candidates for positions in this classification will be subject to an initial drug screening, a physical examination, and a complete criminal background investigation, to include a polygraph examination, before permanent appointment can be made. A criminal conviction may be grounds for rejection of the candidate.

Selection & Examination Process:

  • The selection process for this recruitment will involve a review of each application. Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be placed on an eligible list in the BEST QUALIFIED, BETTER QUALIFIED or QUALIFIED category and remain eligible for consideration for at least one year from the date of examination. The list will be used by the hiring manager to select the individual to fill the vacancy.
  • The examination will consist of a rating of your education, training and experience related to the requirements of the position. You may be required to complete a qualifications supplement, or the rating may be based on your application. Report all experience and education that is related to this position. Applicants may be given a physical examination and will be subject to an interview, background investigation, polygraph examination and substance abuse testing.

Pay: $95,798.00 – $154,319.00/year

Schedule:  Full-time

Benefits: Benefit Package included.

Zip code: 21208

Job ID: # 67323SFM

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