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Fire Inspectors in the Codes Department

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Reviewed Date: May 23, 2017

Original Author: 
Stokes, Richard
Date of Material: 
Jul 17, 2012


Subjects:
Fire--Inspection
Code enforcement--Building inspection

Fire Inspectors in the Codes Department

Summary: 
MTAS was asked whether any municipalities in the state have fire inspectors in the codes department rather than the fire department and, if so, how that works.

Knowledgebase-Fire Inspectors in the Codes DepartmentFrom: Stokes, Richard L
Sent: Tuesday, July 17, 2012 4:30 PM

Subject: RE: Fire Inspector


Sorry for the delay in responding to your inquiry. I contacted other MTAS Consultants to see if anyone could add some light. Several cities use their fire inspectors in the codes department. Among them are:

Goodlettsville
Columbia
Bristol - . The inspector used to be in the FD but was moved to codes as part of a “one stop shop” type program. As far as I know it works well.
Knoxville - MTAS reviewed plans for fire safety code provisions. The Knoxville Codes Study addresses his role. There are forty-six (46) employees, including part-time fire department personnel, working in the division of which thirty-two (32) are charged to the division budget:
• 16-inspectors
• 4-chief inspectors
• 8-support staff members
• 1-administrator
• 2-regular plan reviewers
• 1-chief building official (vacant)
• 1-sign inspector (vacant)
• 1-civil engineer (funded by engineering budget)
• 1-zoning inspector
• 1-KUB wastewater plan examiner (funded by KUB)
• 1-principal secretary (fire department budget funded)
• 9-fire department inspectors and reviewers (Most are part-time. All are funded in the fire department budget.)
The State Fire Marshal’s Office maintains a list of people who are certified fire inspectors and a separate list of certified deputy state fire marshals who enforce codes.

Here is the link to the code inspector’s list:

http://www.tn.gov/commerce/sfm/whatwedoIns.shtml. I also attached a pdf copy of the list.

Here is the link to the certified fire inspectors list:

http://tn.gov/mental/licensure/licensure_fire.html. I also attached a pdf copy of that list. Unfortunately, this list does not contain the city where the inspector works, so it may not be very useful for cross-reference except by name.

The SFMO may be able to provide a cross-referenced list, but I am not sure if they even have that.


I hope this information is helpful. Feel free to contact me if you have questions or I can be of any further assistance.
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Richard L. Stokes, IPMA-CP, PHR
Office Manager/Human Resources Consultant Executive Director - TN Chapter IPMA-HR The University of Tennessee Municipal Technical Advisory Service
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