NOTICE OF VACANCY – Fire Protection Specialist – Requisition #190267 – Closes 8/8/2018

The Office of the State Fire Marshal has an opening for an Unclassified, benefits eligible Fire Protection Specialist position that covers the counties of Atchison, Brown, Chase, Clay, Dickinson, Doniphan, Douglas, Geary, Jackson, Jefferson, Leavenworth, Lyon, Marshall, Morris, Osage, Nemaha, Pottawatomie, Riley, Shawnee, Wabaunsee and Washington.  This position will be located in Topeka.  Some travel, including overnight is required of this positionThis vacancy closes 8/8/2018.

Duties will include, but are not limited to the following: 

  • Reviews design drawings, code footprints and architectural/engineering renderings of new and existing construction for occupancies, flammable and combustible liquids and LP Gas facilities regulation by the Kansas Fire Prevention Code and any other applicable adopted codes.
  • Notifies facility owners, contractors and architects of deficiencies and/or other issues of concerns.
  • Within the limited scope of fire and life safety ensures that all new and existing construction meets the intent of the code.
  • Conducts on-site technical inspections of new construction and existing construction when appropriate.
  • Conducts on-site technical inspections of complex and/or problem facilities to determine appropriate course of action.
  • Works with facility owners, administrators, architects and other construction personnel to ensure fire and life safety issues are considered.
  • Completion of certification as a Fire Protection Specialist and Certified Plans Examiner within twelve (12) months of hire date.

Duties of this position will entail climbing in and out of attics, crawling in small areas, climbing stairs, extensive walking, driving, oral and written communication, independent thinking, using a computer, etc.

Pay Rate:  $21.13 per hour.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Four years’ experience in fire protection systems, building construction, life safety features and building and fire codes.
  • Kansas Certification as a Fire Inspector 1 through NFPA and Centers for Medicare/Medicaid Services
  • College courses in fire science may be substituted for the require experience.
  • Must have a current valid driver’s license.

Preferred Skills:

  • Knowledge of the Kansas Fire Prevention Code
  • 2012 National Fire Life Safety Code
  • 2012 International Building Code
  • 2012 International Fire Code.
  • Extensive field experience as well as code and mechanical aptitude background.
  • Exceptional skills in oral and written communication.
  • Strong computer skills.

HOW TO APPLY:  The application process has 3 STEPS:

STEP 1:  Register by completing the online Personal Data Form (Skip this step if you already have an Applicant ID or Employee ID number.)

STEP 2:  Complete the official State of Kansas application form and submit to the Fire Marshal.

STEP 3:  Email the additional required documents to brenda.schuette@ks.govInclude the job requisition number and your last name in the subject line.

Additional Required Documents:

  • Letter of Interest
  • Resume
  • College Transcripts
  • Copy of all Training Certificates
  • Valid Kansas Tax Clearance Certificate

Failure to follow the instructions and submit all required documentation by the closing date of the vacancy announcement may affect your consideration for this position.


Each applicant applying for a State of Kansas job vacancy must obtain a valid Kansas Certificate of Tax Clearance by accessing the Kansas Department of Revenue’s website at

A Tax Clearance is a comprehensive tax account review to determine and ensure that an individual’s account is compliant with all primary Kansas Tax Laws.  A Tax Clearance expires every 90 days.  All applicants, including current State employees, are responsible for submitting a valid and up to date certificate with all other application materials to the hiring agency.  This is in accordance with Executive Order 2004-03.  If you need assistance with the tax clearance, please contact 785-296-3199.

Contact Information:

Brenda L. Schuette
Office of the State Fire Marshal
800 SW Jackson, Suite 104
Topeka, KS   66612-1216
Phone: 785-296-0654
Fax:  785-296-8155

How Your Application Will Be Evaluated:  Once you complete and submit your application and required materials they will be reviewed to ensure that you meet the minimum and any necessary special requirements.  Please indicate all relevant prior experiences and training on your application.  Next, your application will be evaluated and rated based on preferred skills and selection criteria for the position.

What to Expect Next:  After your application is evaluated, you may be contacted for a possible interview.  You will be notified of the outcome after the selection process is complete.

Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement:  The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 ensures you the right to reasonable accommodations.  A request for an accommodation will not affect your opportunities for employment with the State of Kansas.  Arrangements will be made if you have a disability that requires an accommodation for completing an application form, interviewing or any other part of the employment process.  It is your responsibility to make your needs know to the OSFM Recruitment Office at 785-296-0654.

The Office of the State Fire Marshal is an Equal Opportunity Employer


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