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Duke University Health System Job Description



Job Code: 5044
Job Level: G2
Revised Date: 06/13/2005
Supervisory Responsibility: Yes

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General Description of the Job Class

This position has the responsibility for the planning, administration and management of fire safety programs throughout the university to ensure compliance with all applicable local, state and federal laws, regulations and standards concerning fire and life safety, as well as applicable standards set forth by the Joint Commission.


Duties and Responsibilities of this Level

Plan, organize and manage the fire protection function under senior management direction.

Serve as technical expert in fire and life safety matters and provide counsel to university administration, departments and personnel. Serve as representative of OESO in fire safety concerns at meetings and various committees as designated by the Director, OESO.

Act as liaison with the City of Durham Fire Prevention Bureau, Division of Facility Services, CAPS, JCAHO and other regulatory personnel to conduct surveys and follow-ups as required. Enforce existing regulations governing these activities and promulgate new standards and policies as needed.

Develop and implement fire protection programs and procedures to ensure employee, student and facility safety in accordance with all city, state and federal fire and life safety codes. Responsible for directing all activities assoicated with the fire safety programs and assessing fire protection systems and life safety implications in university facilities.

Responsible for the review of building construction designs, fire protection oversight and audit programs, fire loss control methodologies, fire inspection reports, property damage reports from fire loss and fire prevention training activities.

Provide technical leadership to university departments and personnel, attends departmental meetings and assists departments in implementing general fire safety policies, site specific fire plans and measures. Meets with community and civic organizations as required to promote fire safety.

Maintains state-of-the art knowledge in areas of responsibility through contacts with industry peers and involvement with fire protection engineering associations.

Provide technical assistance to fire alarm and fire suppression designers, contractors, architects and engineers regarding fire and life safety issues.

Conduct detailed investigation of all university fires and provides information and reports to administration as required.

Provide technical assistance to departments within Healthcare facilities to ensure compliance with JCAHO Environment of Care standards. Determine divisional fiscal requirements and prepare budgetary recommendations. Monitor, verify and reconcile expenditures of budgeted funds.


Required Qualifications at this Level


MS Degree in Fire Protection Engineering or related field.



MS and more than ten years experience. Experience should include a minimum of five years of supervisory responsibility.


Degrees, Licensure, and/or Certification:

Certified Fire Protection Specialist

Certified Healthcare Safety Professional-Master Level

Pre-Qualified, Fire Prevention - Level III, NC Code Officials Board


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Proven experience in personnel management and ability to plan and schedule work.

Excellent oral/written communications skills. Strong working knowledge of computer technology to generate letters, policies, databases and reports.

Proven knowledge of all federal, state and local laws/regulations pertaining to fire/life safety in Healthcare, Assembly, High Rise, High Hazard, Residential and Business occupancies.


Distinguishing Characteristics of this Level



The intent of this job description is to provide a representative and level of the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title and shall not be construed as a declaration of the total of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Employees may be directed to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description.

Essential Physical Job Functions

Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essential job functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.