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Fire Prevention and Security Offcer


Basic Purpose

Positions in this job family are assigned responsibilities at a state facility or institution involving the inspection of buildings and grounds for elimination of fire hazards, enforcement of laws, rules and regulations and providing security against acts of terrorism for state facilities, employees and the public.  This may include patrolling assigned premises to identify and correct fire hazards, providing assistance to employees or visitors, directing traffic and performing other duties related to the protection of state property, employees, visitors and others.  Some positions may be primarily responsible for fire prevention activities and have additional responsibilities assigned for assisting in firefighting activities.

Typical Functions

The functions within this job family will vary by level, but may include the following:

  • Patrols and inspects buildings and grounds, within an assigned area, to detect and eliminate fire hazards and discourage vandalism.
  • Interprets and enforces rules and regulations; safeguards life and property at state facilities or institutions and surrounding grounds.
  • Responds to fire alarms and reports irregular activities; apprehends or expels violators; answers inquiries and gives directions to employees and the general public.
  • Ventilates buildings to remove heat, smoke and gases; makes forced entries to rescue persons during fires or other emergencies.
  • Checks authorized persons in or out of buildings and grounds area and assures that unauthorized persons are denied access; checks to see that doors and windows are secure and lights are out; directs traffic in the vicinity of state facilities and parking areas.
  • Prepares oral and written reports of activities and incidents.

Level Descriptors

The Fire Prevention and Security Officer job family has four levels of work which are distinguished by the complexity of assignments, the level of expertise required to perform the duties assigned, and the responsibility assigned for providing leadership to others.

Level I: Code: J41A Salary Band: D

This is the basic level where incumbents perform entry level work in a training status to build their skills in security and fire prevention and protection procedures.  In this role, employees will be assigned tasks which involve enforcing security regulations and safeguarding life and property at state facilities, institutions and surrounding grounds.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required to perform duties at this level include knowledge of the methods and objectives of security; and of standard fire prevention and protection theory.  Ability is required to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others; to follow written and oral instructions; and to evaluate emergency situations and adopt effective courses of action.

Education and Experience requirements at this level are none.

Level II: Code: J41B Salary Band: E

This is the career level of the job family where employees are assigned duties and responsibilities at the full-performance level and perform a variety of tasks involving patrolling and inspecting buildings and grounds within assigned areas and enforcing laws, rules and regulations in safeguarding life and property.  This includes inspecting hydrants and sprinklers for proper operation; checking fire extinguishers, emergency lighting and alarm systems for proper condition; inspecting places of public assembly for any violation of security or fire prevention practices; administering emergency measures; instructing institution employees in firefighting, first aid and other security procedures; responding to fire alarms and determining causes; and assisting in firefighting activities if required.  At this level, limited direction and training may be provided to entry level employees performing security and fire prevention duties.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required at this level include those identified in Level I plus knowledge of fire causes and the proper procedures for extinguishing various types of fires; of procedures to properly and safely operate various types of equipment and apparatuses; and of first aid.  Ability is required to conduct security operations for an assigned facility or institution and surrounding grounds; to operate and maintain firefighting equipment; and to express ideas clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of a basic security and/or firefighter's course and two years of experience in security or fire prevention and protection work.

Level III: Code: J41C Salary Band: F

At this level employees are required to carry a firearm and are involved in anti-terrorism activities to protect state facilities, employees and the public.  This includes detaining suspects for proper authorities or making citizens arrests; operating weapon screening posts; conducting building checks and investigating unusual or suspicious acts.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required at this level include knowledge of general law enforcement principles and practices; of state and federal laws, rules and regulations related to public safety and criminal conduct; of methods and techniques used in conducting investigations; and of emergency response policies and procedures.

Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of those identified in Level II plus one additional year of qualifying experience; OR six months of experience in security work and a current licensure as an armed security guard through the Council of Law Enforcement Education and Training (CLEET).

Level IV: Code: J41D Salary Band: F

This is the leadership level where employees are assigned responsibilities involving the supervision of other officers in the performance of their duties.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities include those previously identified plus knowledge of supervisory principles and practices.

Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of those identified in Level III plus one additional year of qualifying experience.

Special Requirements

  • Applicants must be willing and able to fulfill all job-related travel normally associated with this position. 
  • Some positions may require peace officer certification in accordance with the training and screening requirements of the Department of Corrections pursuant to 57 O.S. Supp.1988, Section 510 (2) (a-g).
  • Some positions at the Department of Public Safety will require graduation from the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training Academy (CLEET) with certification as an “Armed Security Guard.”
  • Upon a conditional offer of employment, Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services applicants must submit to a physical examination and shall meet the physical examination requirements of occasionally lifting/carrying 60 pounds and able to push and pull a maximum force of 30 pounds.
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