Shelby County Schools

Fire & Life Safety Compliance Specialist

1 month ago
Business Operations Admin
Salary Min
USD $50,040.00/Yr.
Salary Max
USD $62,550.00/Yr.
# of Openings
Close Date

Purpose and Scope

Oversees the fire & life safety annual contracts including monitored fire alarm systems, suppression systems, wet and dry sprinkler systems, fire pumps and emergency generators in all Shelby County Schools (SCS) and facilities. The maintenance of these systems is required by law, insurance companies and other agencies before the facilities are allowed open for operation.  Coordinates all emergency calls 24/7/365.  Ensures that annual testing and remediation of deficiencies, maintenance and repairs are carried out on a daily basis to safeguard the Life Safety needs of SCS and to properly manage the liability associated with these systems.

Essential Job Functions

  1. Oversees and monitors various fire & life safety contracts including monitored fire alarm systems, suppression systems, wet and dry sprinkler systems, fire pumps and emergency generators in all Shelby County Schools (SCS) and facilities. Creates and maintains all fire & life safety contract records for the General Services Department including invoices and databases.
  2. Liaison between SCS and the companies holding the fire & life safety contracts. Holds on site meetings with contractors, Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJ), and general services or school staff.Contact person for the local AHJ. Designated as the required Coordinator when facilities require Fire Watches and reporting to AHJ.
  3. Compiles responses to AHJ for the annual Comprehensive School Inspection Report for each school. Prepares the Plan of Corrective Action (POCA) for each school for each documented deficiency.  Has authority to require schools to take the necessary corrective actions.
  4. Researches applicable life safety Codes and system specifications to ensure system continuity for entire SCS District.
  5. Stays abreast of applicable Codes for regulatory changes, guidelines and compliance for all the skilled trades that work on Life Safety systems. Includes standards involving: the installation of sprinklers, warm air heating, air-conditioning and ventilations systems, the inspection, testing and maintenance of water based fire protection systems, the standards for wet and dry chemical extinguishing, ventilation control, fire protection of commercial cooking operations, and smoke control systems, the national electrical Code, national fire alarm and signaling Code, life safety Code, international building Code and international fire Code.
  6. Contact person that can respond quickly to resolve issues involving Life Safety Systems to ensure safety for SCS students and staff. Contact for the Chief of Business Operations, the Director of Facilities, and all of the Risk Management staff.  Some departments require Life Safety System documentation to receive federal funding.
  7. Coordinates all fire & life safety emergency calls. Responds to emergency situations 24/7/365 to resolve immediate safety concerns.
  8. Contact person for the Fire Alarm Central Station monitoring companies reporting off normal conditions needing immediate attention 24/7/365.
  9. Processes Work Orders via email to contractors. Follows up weekly on each work order to ensure projects and work orders are completed efficiently.
  10. Informs SCS staff on the status of work orders to provide information for making decisions, taking appropriate action and/or complying with health and building regulations.
  11. Preserves the required organized documentation for: annual fire alarm system testing, quarterly/annual sprinkler system testing, annual generator testing, and annual suppression system testing.
  12. Maintains and updates data base of AutoCad blueprints of each system to supply to Fire Marshall or Underwriters Laboratory.
  13. Retains and updates equipment specification manuals and operation manuals for all systems that SCS owns.
  14. Performs other related duties as assigned or directed.


Minimum Qualifications

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree in Technology or a closely related field plus a minimum of two (2) years of experience in fire & life safety systems, or

An Associate’s Degree in Engineering Technology or a closely related field plus a minimum of four (4) years of experience in fire & life safety systems, or

Graduation from High School or GED plus a minimum of six (6) years of experience in fire & life safety systems or any equivalent combination of education, training, and/or directly relevant experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills and abilities for this position for a total of six (6) years.

National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET) for the inspection and testing of Fire Alarm Systems Level I is required.  NICET Level II is preferred.  Ten (10) or more years of experience preferred.

Degree Equivalency Formula

Associate degree = 2 years of college plus required years of experience.   Note:  2 associate degrees do NOT equal a bachelor’s degree.

Bachelor’s Degree = 4 years plus required years of experience.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Working knowledge of and ability to research and understand regulatory changes, guidelines and compliance for all the skilled trades that work on life safety systems including city, state and national Codes such as Fire Codes, Electrical Codes, Plumbing Codes, Building Codes, HVAC Codes and low voltage requirements
  • Ability to read and comprehend technical material including AutoCad, blueprints, schematics, equipment specification manuals and operation manuals.
  • Troubleshooting skills on life safety systems
  • Good communication skills to develop and maintain effective working relationships with the Authorities Having Jurisdiction, the Fire Marshall, SCS staff, skilled craft technicians, and contractors. Exercises good judgment in the manner, tone and way of speaking.
  • Good analytic, problem solving, judgment and decision making skills particularly when working with contractors or Authorities Having Jurisdiction.
  • Ability to handle multiple priorities. Good attention to detail, accuracy, thoroughness and organizational skills.  Very results oriented.
  • Skill in writing clearly, concisely and informatively for all audience levels
  • Skill in mathematical equation used when dealing with fire & life safety systems such as addition, subtraction, multiplication and division
  • Skill in looking for ways to improve efficiency and quality.
  • Works with integrity. Inspires the trust of others.  Ethically upholds SCS values.

Physical Requirements and Working Environment

Physical Demands: Requires mostly sedentary work involving standing or walking for brief periods, operating a 1000-pound forklift on a regular basis; crawling. climbing, crouching, kneeling, stooping, reaching overhead, balancing and grasping and working from ladders or heights from a bucket truck occasionally and some dexterity in operating office equipment; must be able to use hands and fingers to operate hand tools, works in all weather conditions and around noise, vibrations, and various voltages.

Unavoidable Hazards:  The position is exposed to normal installer/repair person environmental hazards.


Sensory (ADA) Requirements: The position requires normal visual acuity and field of vision, hearing and speaking abilities.



SCS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  SCS provides reasonable accommodations to qualified persons with disabilities. Prospective and current employees are encouraged to discuss ADA accommodations with management.


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