Montana Department of Justice - Deputy Fire Marshal (Division of Criminal Investigation)

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Department Montana Department of Justice
Job TitleDeputy Fire Marshal (Division of Criminal Investigation)
Salary$29.45 per hour
Registration Fee$35.00
Location Helena, MT

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Montana Department of Justice, MT Public Safety Jobs



We are seeking a dynamic individual to fill the role of Deputy Fire Marshal in Billings, MONTANA




The Deputy State Fire Marshal supports the overall section goals and objectives by performing professional investigative and inspection duties in order to enforce laws, codes, rules, and regulations enacted by the State of Montana in relation to fire safety.

The position reports directly to the State Fire Marshal and serves as a spokesperson for the section when communicating through prepared letters, telephone, and personal discussions with the general public; building industry; law enforcement; fire service agencies; and local, state, and federal government officials



  • Must be qualified by experience, training, and professional competence in matters of fire service and safety, as required by 2-15-2005, MCA, and ARM 23-12-405. 
  • Degree in fire-protection engineering or related field from a recognized institution of higher education and two years’ experience in fire protection or be ICC Fire Inspector I or Fire Inspector II certified.



  • For fire investigations, the Deputy requires knowledge of the relevant Montana Code Annotated; National Fire Protection Association Fire Codes; fire behavior in structures, automobiles, and wild lands; firefighting techniques; behavior of electricity, LPG gas, and natural gas as it relates to fire; specialized investigative devices and equipment related to fire investigation; interview and investigative methods and techniques used in fire investigation; criminal investigation procedures; procedures used for collection and preservation of evidence; and legal proceedings relating to arson prosecution. 
  • For building inspection and construction plan review activities, the Deputy requires knowledge of the standards pertaining to fire/life safety inspections; Building Codes; building construction processes and practices; installation and operation of fire alarm systems; installation and operation of smoke detection systems; installation and operation of automatic extinguishing systems; and blueprint interpretation.



  • Various fire-related equipment used in on-sight fire investigations, hydrocarbon detectors, fire investigation kits, hand tools, fire department equipment, ladders, shovels, sifting screens, measuring devices, video cameras, and digital cameras. Must also be able to direct heavy equipment operators to remove large structural assemblies and assist with rigging chains and cables in appropriate locations to remove such assemblies. Voice recorders and transcription equipment are used for interviews.
  • Equipment related to the different inspection duties performed by Deputies including a volt-ohmmeter multi tester, an electric circuit tester, a pitot tube, and canned smoke.
  • Equipment needed to train/educate, such as a video camera, video cassette recorder, overhead projector, and PowerPoint projector.
  • 4X4 standard shift vehicle use in off-road conditions; standard office equipment; personal computer equipment; standard computer software to include Microsoft Office programs; fire-related software; personal protection equipment.


To be considered for this position, you must attach a cover letter and resume at the time of application.

Tip: When attaching your cover letter and resume you must mark each of the attachments as a “Relevant File”.

Your Resume: Please include all work experience as well as job duties that demonstrate your qualifications for this position. Include dates of employment (month & year- start & end) and the reason you left each job.



Let's not forget the amazing State of Montana benefits:

  • Medical, dental and vision coverage
  • Retirement plan choices - Defined Benefit and Defined Contribution
  • Additional 457b Deferred Compensation plan
  • Generous paid vacation, sick and holidays
  • Pre-tax Flexibility Spending Accounts
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • State of Montana employment may qualify for student loan forgiveness under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program.


Closing Date (based on your computer's time zone): Nov. 13, 2023, 11:59:00 PM

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