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Company: The University of Tennessee
Location: Memphis, TN
Career Level: Associate
Industries: Healthcare, Pharmaceutical, Biotech


Pay Grade: 37


Fire Safety Specialist (FSS) III performs technical tasks and provides support in the design, layout, construction, operation, inspection and maintenance of electronic, electrical, and mechanical fire alarm and suppression control systems/equipment to ensure compliance in accordance with applicable state and local fire, life and safety and building codes and ordinances. This includes fire safety inspections, emergency and exit lighting inspections, and egress pathways. This position is responsible for maintenance and inspection of University Automatic External Defibrillator (AED), and other life safety devices as assigned. The FSS detects, responds to, controls, and suppresses fire events. The position requires interaction with such entities as the Memphis Fire Department, State of Tennessee Fire Marshal, licensed fire safety contractors, and building contractors/ architects. This position is the senior level in the series, and will provide assistance and direction to FSS II and FSS I positions.


  1. Assists the Fire Safety Officer in planning of new building control systems. Performs the inspection, testing, maintenance, and repair (in accordance with NFPA standards, state and local regulations) of all portable fire extinguishers, emergency and exit lighting.
  2. Troubleshoots fire alarm and suppression system malfunctions, determines appropriate repair requirements, and performs necessary repairs in accordance with NFPA standards. Provides inspection/test reports.
  3. Assists in general fire and life safety inspections of campus buildings and facilities to certify fire protection equipment and procedural compliance with NFPA, state, local laws, and regulations. May modify previously installed equipment to ensure compatibility with new units, or install safety devices or attachments to old equipment.
  4. Assist Fire Safety Contractors work while on-site, where applicable or directed. Inspects and witnesses the testing of fire protection, suppression or fire detection systems to verify that such systems are installed in accordance with appropriate state and federal laws, codes, ordinances, regulations, and standards.
  5. Performs journey-level fire prevention inspection for a variety of buildings. Applies technical knowledge and follows appropriate inspection techniques. Provides technical training, instruction, and assistance to maintenance personnel.
  6. Prepares and presents fire safety training programs to a variety of individuals.
  7. Assists in development of preventive maintenance schedule of fire associated equipment and performs preventive maintenance. Provides inspection/test reports and maintains records of inspections and other information related to fire safety activities.
  8. Reviews state and federal laws, codes, ordinances, regulations, and standards to identify standard occupancy type and other requirements (e.g., height, sprinkler system, area) for buildings, building systems, or fire safety equipment.
  9. Assists with fire alarm drills for University facilities; Provides training in fire and life safety, including portable fire extinguisher (PFE) use; identifies/resolves potential fire hazards; trains off hour personnel on fire alarm response procedures and disarming fire alarms.
  10. Responds to fire alarm and life safety emergencies on campus (24/7); resets fire alarm panels after engagement; investigates and submits written report(s) as to the cause and origin of all actual fire incident(s) on campus. Notifies campus officials of fires, the extent of the damage, and if campus personnel must take any action following the extinguishing of the fire.
  11. Assists University personnel, Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ), Licensed fire safety service technicians, and other applicable parties with pre / post construction walk-through of affected projects as directed by the Fire Safety Officer. Perform the testing, and maintenance of Automated External Defibrillator's (AED).
  12. Attends approved trainings for continuing education units (CEUs) to maintain current knowledge and certification or license(s) of fire prevention, fire systems, safety, hazardous materials, and firefighting procedures.
  13. Performs other Duties as assigned.



EDUCATION: Associate's Degree in Fire Technology or related degree (e.g. Fire Protection), or applicable technical field (e.g. electronics) (TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED)

EXPERIENCE: Three (3) years of demonstrated fieldwork within fire prevention disciplines including: work duties as per NFPA 72 specifically in fire alarm inspection, testing, and service (SIG-TMS); meets means of qualification requirements for the same; OR a combination of education and related experience to seven (7) years. Candidate must possess good organizational skills; knowledge of state and federal fire safety codes, standards, and regulations; knowledge of fire protection and suppression systems and general knowledge of occupational safety standards in general industry and construction. Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communications skills. Experience with Microsoft Office Suite to include Word, Outlook, Excel, and Power Point. Ability to work both independently and in a group. Must have good decision-making skills and be able to use technical background/education during job performance. Demonstrated experience with portable fire extinguisher and emergency lighting testing, inspection, and use per NFPA/OSHA standards.

  • The work requires general knowledge of the established principles, concepts, and methods of fire protection engineering program work.
  • The work requires knowledge and understanding of recognized reference standards, regulatory requirements, and pertinent statutes sufficient to assure fire safety compliance and provide routine technical assistance to operating personnel and managers.
  • The work requires knowledge of fire suppression/prescribed fire tools and equipment.
  • The work requires knowledge of agency and inter-agency fire business management practices and procedures.
  • The work requires knowledge of the policies, organization, operations, work practices, and parameters of regulations and standards from Federal agencies, States, or other entities sufficient to obtain information, evaluate compliance, and recommend necessary changes, control measures, best management practices, etc.
  • The work requires skill in using standard data gathering and analysis techniques to collect and review technical information on fire safety activities or quality and to identify and solve problems of a procedural or factual nature.
  • The work requires ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing to prepare and conduct briefings or training programs, lead group conferences, and write reports and letters.
  • The work requires ability to interact as a fully functional member of internal/external teams.
  • The work requires ability to detect and determine proper corrective action for fire hazards found at various buildings and installations.


  • TN State Registered Employee Fire Alarm Systems Contractor License (REASCL), OR Ability to obtain TN State Fire REASCL within 6 months of hire (Requires previous experience, knowledge, and qualification as per NFPA72 SIG-TMS.).
  • Must possess or be able to obtain ICC/NAFED, or State of TN License: Certified Portable Fire Extinguisher Specialist within one (1) year of hire.
  • Must be able to obtain NICET LEVEL I in Fire Alarm Systems within one (1) year of hire. If hired with current NICET, then achieve the next level certification (e.g. NICET II, III, etc) within one (1) year of hire.
  • Must possess or able to obtain a valid Basic Life Support CPR/AED certification from American Heart Association or the American Red Cross within the first six (6) months of hire.
  • Must possess or able to obtain 40 hr. HAZWOPR certification within one (1) year of hire.
  • Maintain all professional certifications or licenses specific for job duties.

WORK SCHEDULE: This position is required to report to the designated work location to ensure operation of essential campus functions or departments during an emergency, or when the University has suspended or delayed operations. This position occasionally works evenings and weekends.

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