Washington State Patrol Deputy State Fire Marshal - Public Information Officer in Washington

Job Title:

Deputy State Fire Marshal - Public Information Officer

Opening Date/Time:

Thu. 05/17/18 12:00 AM Pacific Time

Closing Date/Time:

Thu. 05/31/18 11:59 PM Pacific Time


$4,506.00 - $5,920.00 Monthly

Job Type: Full Time - Permanent


Thurston County – Olympia, Washington


Washington State Patrol

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Washington State Patrol

Fire Protection Bureau

Licensing Section

Olympia, WA

Are you looking for:

  • Excellent benefits?

  • Career growth opportunities?

  • Opportunities to impact your community?

  • A professional workplace that fosters respect, commitment and trust?

As an employee of the Washington State Patrol, you will be part of a team of dedicated professionals responsible for providing safety and security to the citizens of the State of Washington.

Troopers patrolling the highways are the most visible part of this agency. However, there are over 1,200 civilian employees who serve behind the scenes supporting the agency mission. To name just a few, we have:

  • 911 dispatchers who are the critical vital link between calls for assistance and emergency response;

  • Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officers that work to inspect commercial vehicles to ensure safe and efficient travel on public highways;

  • Deputy State Fire Marshals who help prevent fires in homes and workplaces;

  • Forensic Scientists who process evidence that assists in prosecuting criminal cases;

  • Records staff that process criminal information to ensure crimes are reported accurately so that offenders do not end up working with vulnerable people.

  • Administrative staff who provide exceptional customer service and respond to information requests while ensuring the agency runs smoothly and efficiently.

Apply today and join us in providing "Service with Humility"!


This position is responsible for:

  • Development and implementation of statewide public education programs that support the statutory mandates of the Fire Protection Bureau (FPB), Licensing Section and overall public safety in the State of Washington.

  • Development and release of an annual report containing statewide fire fatality data, other fire incident data, fireworks caused injuries and fires data, and bureau achievements and work performed by the Divisions and Sections.

  • Serving as the Bureau Public Information Officer (PIO) coordinating, organizing and presenting information at various media events throughout the year. Develops press releases on a regular basis to educate and inform others about fire-related topics.

  • Producing a quarterly newsletter for the State Fire Marshal's Office. This requires the development of articles, writing and editing of articles, formatting newsletters with the articles additional appropriate pictures and graphics.

  • Serving on the Fire Mobilization Team during the summer months by supporting Emergency Operations Center responsibilities during fire season, and is on-call June-October for emergency response call out.


Required Qualifications:

  • High school diploma or GED equivalent;

  • Two years of experience as a fire prevention officer, public educator, or background in marketing;

  • Valid, unrestricted Washington State driver's license;

  • Demonstrated ability to effectively analyze information and communicate decisions and recommendations related to fire and life safety public education;

  • Organizational and time management skills;

  • Nationally recognized fire protection and fire prevention standards.

Preferred/Desired Qualifications:

  • Four years of paid or volunteer experience as a fire prevention officer, public educator or a background in marketing.

  • An Associate's degree with a focus on fire prevention/education or comparable education and/or experience in marketing;

  • IFSAC and/or ICC certification as a fire inspector.

Special Conditions/Conditions of Employment:

  • Must complete, within 1 year of employment, the following: ICC Fire Inspector 1 and 2; IFSAC Fire Instructor 1; and IFSAC Public Educator 1.

Supplemental Information:

The act of submitting application materials electronically is considered affirmation that the information is complete and truthful. The agency will verify this information and any untruthful or misleading answers will be cause for rejection of potential employment.

How to Apply:

Please complete the online application process at www.careers.wa.gov. Please include a letter of interest explaining how you meet the required qualifications of the position.

If you have questions regarding this announcement, please contact Melissa Rasmussen at (360) 704-2315 or melissa.rasmussen@wsp.wa.gov

Polygraph & Background Investigation:

Prior to a hire, a polygraph examination and background check including criminal record history will be conducted. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant's suitability and competence to perform in the position.

Applicants are required to sign release of information forms and will not have access to any investigative materials, files, or results. The Washington State Patrol has strict guidelines relating, but not limited to, personal and employment characteristics, arrests, convictions, and illegal drug usage, etc.

During the polygraph examination, candidates are required to sign an assessment sheet and participate in an oral interview process to verify responses to the Personal Background Evaluation, the Personal History and Background Questionnaire, and a Pre-Employment Interview. Untruthful or misleading answers or omissions will be treated as a falsification which will be cause for rejection of potential employment.

Veteran's Preference:

Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications and wish to claim Veteran's Preference MUST attach a copy of their Form DD214, or other verification of military service, that shows the type of military discharge. Typically, this is found on the Member 4 version of the Form DD214. Please blackout any personally identifiable data such as social security numbers.

Note: Applicants claiming veteran's preference points must attach the documentation with each on-line application. If you do not provide appropriate documentation to qualify for these preference points, the points will not be awarded. Preference will not be granted until service documents are verified. Documents must be received by the closing date of the announcement.

For additional information on Veteran's Preference and guidance on how to determine if you are eligible, click here. We thank you and are grateful for your service.


Education verification is part of the selection process. If selected as a top candidate, all position required or applicant specified education must be verified. If High School diploma or equivalent is required but the applicant indicates a degree has been earned, the accredited degree will be accepted in place of the High School diploma or equivalent. Please do not send these transcripts at the time of application. If you are selected as a top candidate you will be contacted by the Human Resource Division and asked to provide transcripts at the appropriate time.

Union Notice:

This position is in a collective bargaining unit and as a condition of employment you will be required to become a union member or pay a fee as outlined in the Master Agreement.

Driver's License:

If required by the position description, the applicant must possess a current, non-probationary, and non-restricted valid driver's license. History of restrictions on license or driving record due to vehicle operation or control will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Upon hire, must possess a Washington State driver's license and maintain such licensure during employment with the WSP.

Other Information:

Persons with a disability, who need assistance in the application or assessment process, or those needing this announcement in an alternative format, may call (360) 704-2317. Applicants that are deaf or hard of hearing may call through the Washington Relay Service 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6384.

The Washington State Patrol actively supports diversity in the workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.