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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

Code enforcement--Building inspection

Fire Inspectors in the Codes Department

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:

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.

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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Nashville, TN  37219
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