University of Rochester Fire Safety Specialist in Rochester, New York


Full Time 40 hours Grade 053 Environmental Health & Safety


8 AM-5 PM


General Purpose:

Directs, plans, and manages fire safety and prevention program, establishes fire prevention measures and insures conformance to fire prevention codes and practices for area University property and programs assigned by Supervisor.

Specific Responsibilities:

Under general direction and with wide latitude for the exercise of independent judgment:

Directs fire protection and prevention program for the area of assignment. Provides code consultation when responding to customer questions, complaints or concerns. Advises departments on safe office layouts and advises on fire-retardant interior finishes and furnishings. Recommends ways to enhance fire protection, fire prevention, and fire safety at the University.

Directs or performs inspections of all assigned properties for fire safety construction, and renovation sites for fire hazards and for compliance with existing regulatory codes and standards related to fire and general safety.

Represents the University internally and with outside agencies on matters concerning fire prevention and protection. Serves as a member of appropriate University and local governmental safety committees. Maintains relationships with local Fire Department concerning fire prevention and building familiarization and with the Building Bureau for code interpretations.

Supervises, hires, evaluates performance, and determines corrective action and all personnel related actions for assigned Fire Safety Inspector I and IIs. Supervises, directs, and coordinates the testing and inspection and testing programs for the Fire Safety Inspector I and II. Assess the Fire Inspector I and II test and inspections reports. Maintains files of findings on all activities; recommends corrective action where needed. Directs follow-up to assure completion of recommended actions. Supplement testing teams when required.

Advises internal and consultant architects and engineers on all new construction and renovation projects during the design stage. Reviews plans and specifications to assure compliance with codes and standards up to level of certification. Works with the construction and facilities groups to disconnect and reconnect fire protection equipment based on work activity. Witnesses and evaluates the test results of the commissioning of all fire and life safety for any renovation, alteration repair of existing space and for all new buildings.

Responds to emergencies, fire alarms, supervisory or troubles (including off-hours) in assigned area, and other areas if necessary, and participates in Incident Command System to resolve incident. Investigates fires. Collaborates with Local Fire Department or facilities to determine cause and extent of fires or alarms. Reports findings and recommends corrective actions to prevent recurrence of fires or alarms. Follows-up on corrective actions taken.

Keeps departments informed of rules, regulations, and policies relating to fire safety, protection, prevention, and general safety; assures compliance with those regulations. Provides technical assistance and training to departments in achieving code compliance with fire safety regulations. Keeps departments informed of regulations and changes in regulations and the impact on operations. Advises area department and EH & S management of significant fire protection/prevention deficiencies and assists in defining priorities for corrective action.

Develops and conducts training sessions and provides consultation to staff and students on fire related subjects such as fire prevention, fire safety and emergency preparedness and conducts fire drills.

Maintains current familiarity with all existing codes, regulations, University policies, and standards related to fire prevention, protection, and general safety. Keeps management informed of impact on University of changes in regulations. Plans and directs new fire protection and prevention programs when needed.

Collaborates with representatives of governmental agencies, OFPC, insurance carriers, and accreditation organizations in inspections of facilities and reviews of procedures, and closes out findings and open items.

Maintains extensive documentation of all Fire Safety Unit activities related to assigned area including inspections, fire drills, fires, and any other fire related activities. Directs follow up to assure completion of recommended actions.


Bachelor's Degree in fire science/administration, safety, engineering technology or relevant field, and 2 years of fire prevention experience or code review and enforcement experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Certification as New York State Code Enforcement Officer required. Qualified to test fire alarm systems as permitted by National Fire Protection Association 72, National Fire Alarm Code, for inspection, testing and maintenance of fire alarm systems. Within 1 year of employment must obtain Fire Alarm Systems NICET Level 1 certification. Maintain all certification requirements. Must have own transportation with current registration and valid driver's license.

EOE Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled

Job Title: Fire Safety Specialist

Location: Central Administration

Job ID: 208964

Regular/Temporary: Regular

Full/Part Time: Full-Time