fire inspector series: 14 Courses

Building Construction

Fire inspectors play an important role in building design, construction, and maintenance.

This course reviews the importance of a basic understanding of the evolution of building design and construction, as well as how to properly apply the code’s use and occupancy limitations as they relate to building construction. 

Customer Service

As a representative of the fire department, fire inspectors should strive to provide good customer service to both internal and external customers to aid in the delivery of effective inspection findings.

Electrical Systems

Electrical systems can present a significant fire risk to property, occupants, and surrounding environments, particularly if the system is not maintained. It is imperative for fire departments to establish and maintain inspection schedules for electrical systems.

This course provides fire inspectors with a succinct review of inspection standards and best practices for electrical system inspections, including the key elements to identify and observe when conducting a building inspection.

Featuring: Assistant Chief Eddie Saffelll, Central Jackson County Fire Protection District

Fire Alarm Systems: Introduction

Course reviews automatic and manually activated fire alarm systems, their components, and how to inspect these systems.

Hazardous Materials for the Fire Inspector

While fire inspectors don’t need to be trained as hazardous materials experts or emergency responders, they should have hazardous materials awareness-level training and a background in basic chemistry.

This program will cover hazardous materials for fire inspectors.

Hydrant Inspections

Ensuring that fire hydrants are accessible, operational, and able to deliver a sufficient water supply is essential. Periodic inspection, testing, and maintenance of hydrants can help to confirm that the water supply will be adequate, reliable, and unobstructed when it is needed for fire suppression operations.

This course is designed to review the basic practices of single hydrant inspection and testing to provide baseline condition, pressure, and volume readings, as well as hydrant maintenance. Please note: this program does not cover a full water system evaluation.

Featuring: A. Maurice Jones, Jr. Supervisor, Fire Protection Systems Unit , Alexandria Fire and EMS, Alexandria, VA

Identifying Hazards During Inspections

The codes and standards adopted by municipalities and enforced by fire departments are intended to establish and maintain a “reasonable” degree of fire safety in all occupancies.

This course helps fire inspectors become aware of the existence of contributing hazards that present significant threats to fire safety in occupancies that are otherwise in compliance with fire codes.

Inspection Techniques

In addition to following their department’s standard operating procedures and guidelines, fire inspectors can enhance their efficiency, thoroughness, and documentation skills with the techniques discussed in this course.

Interpreting Model Fire Codes

Program offers information to help organizations develop guidelines to ensure fire inspectors provide uniform, consistent, and reasonable determinations when interpreting the model fire codes and referenced standards.

Introduction to NIMS-ICS: Fire Inspector

Course introduces the National Incident Management System Incident Command System as it applies to fire and emergency scene operations and reviews how fire and safety inspectors fit into the system.

Introduction to Report Writing

Course reviews the purpose and importance of completing inspection reports, including proper formatting and documentation procedures for both electronic and paper reporting as well as good written communication techniques.

Respiratory Protection

Because fire inspectors often work in potentially toxic environments, they need training and protection from toxins, carcinogens, and airborne pathogens.

Designed to provide a fire inspector’s refresher training in respiratory protection, this course discusses the selection, fit testing, daily inspection, and proper use of respiratory protection equipment.

Supression Systems: Wet & Dry

Course reviews different types of fire suppression systems including wet, dry, deluge, pre-action, and residential sprinkler systems and how to effectively inspect such systems

Workplace Violence

This course explores a broad range of workplace violence, the signs of impending workplace violence, and the means to prevent and respond to it within fire department facilities such as offices, buildings, and fire stations.