Montana Department of Justice - Deputy Fire Marshal

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Job Overview

Department Montana Department of Justice
Job TitleDeputy Fire Marshal
Registration Fee$20.00
Location Helena, MT

Job Announcement

Montana Department of Justice, MT Public Safety JobsDeputy Fire Marshal


Every day at the Montana Department of Justice, our employees are dedicated to ensuring the well-being and rights of the people of our great state. At the Department of Justice we do the right thing for the right reason. If you’re looking for an opportunity to be part of a team that builds a culture of character and excellence, demonstrates collaboration and selfless public service, and upholds the law and pursues public safety, the Department of Justice may just be the career for you.

Please take a moment to watch this DOJ Introductory Video to learn more about the services provided by the Department of Justice for the citizens of Montana.

Division Overview:

The Fire Prevention and Investigation Section provides statewide fire prevention and investigation services to nearly 400 fire agencies, 56 county sheriff's departments, more than 60 city police departments, and numerous other state and federal agencies. The section assists with adoption of fire safety regulations, inspection of public buildings, establishment and promotion of fire prevention programs, approval of local inspection programs, and the investigation of fires to determine origin and cause. The section also manages and maintains the records of all fires that occur within the state; provides training to local public safety agencies; and assists in homeland security training and planning.

Job Overview:

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.


Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a Fire science related field.
  • Five years of experience is required in the fields of fire investigation, fire suppression, fire prevention, fire safety inspection and code enforcement.
  • Must possess a current NFPA/IFC Certification, or obtain certification within 12 months of hire.
  • Preference: Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator and Certified Fire Investigator.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:


  • 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.


In addition, the incumbent must be skilled in the use of:

  • 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 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.

Special Instructions:

The selection procedures to be used in evaluating the applicant's qualification may include, but are not limited to an evaluation of the résumé and cover letter, a structured interview, performance test, academic transcripts, reference/background checks and fingerprint checks.

Additional materials, references or information submitted by the applicant, but not requested, will not be considered.

Successful applicant(s) will be subject to:

  • Intensive Background Check


In order to be considered for this position, you must attach a cover letter and résumé at the time of application.

Your Cover Letter: How do your qualifications and experience directly correlate to the duties of this position and what makes you the best candidate for the job?

Your Résumé: 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.

Supplemental Questions: Please attach these supplemental questions along with your résumé and cover letter.

  • Prevention, Suppression, Investigations and Public Education, rank them in order of importance as it relates to the Fire Marshal Office and explain your reasoning.
  • As a Deputy State Fire Marshal one of your duties is to inspect commercial occupancies. During an inspection of a recently constructed commercial occupancy you determined that, according to both building codes and fire codes, the occupancy was required to have an automatic fire sprinkler system installed. The inspection revealed that the automatic fire sprinkler system had not been installed. What course of action would you take to address this situation?

A complete online state application is not required, however you will need to initiate the application and attach the cover letter and résumé in order to be considered for this position. Failure to attach a cover letter and résumé will result in an incomplete application that will not be considered further.

Only electronic applications will be accepted. Materials submitted but not requested will not be considered in the selection process.

All documents for Veteran or Disability preference must be received or date stamped by the closing date. You will receive an email with instructions on how to submit such documents.

If you need an accommodation with the application process, please contact the HR office.

Your service is rewarded with competitive compensation and generous State of Montana Benefits.

  • Medical, dental and vision coverage
  • Retirement plans
  • 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.

Minorities are under-represented in this position and are encouraged to apply.

This position is/may be covered by a Voluntary Employee Beneficiary Association (VEBA).

Applicant Pool Statement: If another department vacancy occurs in this job title within six months, the same applicant pool may be used for the selection.

Training Assignment: This agency may use a training assignment. Employees in training assignments may be paid below the base pay established by the agency pay rules. Conditions of the training assignment will be stated in writing at the time of hire.

Job: Safety

Salary: $ 23.40 - 24.40 Hourly

Benefits Package Eligibility: Health Insurance, Paid Leave & Holidays, Retirement Plan

Number of Openings: 1

Employee Status: Regular

Schedule: Full-Time

Shift: Day Job

Travel: Yes, 50 % of the Time

Primary Location: Miles City

Agency: Department of Justice

Union: 000 - None

Bargaining Unit: 000 - None

Posting Date: Dec. 18, 2019

Closing Date (based on your computer's timezone): Ongoing

Required Application Materials: Cover Letter, Resume, Supplemental Questions (Refer to Job Posting)

Contact Name: DOJ HR | Contact Email: | Contact Phone: 406-444-5528

The State of Montana has a decentralized human resources (HR) system. Each agency is responsible for its own recruitment and selection. Anyone who needs a reasonable accommodation in the application or hiring process should contact the agency's HR staff identified on the job listing or by dialing the Montana Relay at 711. Montana Job Service Offices also offer services including assistance with submitting an online application.

State government does not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, childbirth or medical conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, marital status, creed, political beliefs or affiliation, veteran status, military service, retaliation, or any other factor not related to merit and qualifications of an employee or applicant.



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