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Fire & Life Safety Officer

Utah Tech University
Job Location:
St. George, Utah
Police and Public Safety
Salary: $56,000.00 - $59,000.00 Annually

Location: St. George 84770, UT

Job Type: Full-Time Staff

Division: Administrative Affairs

Job Number: 23PRO797-1

University Safety & Risk Management

Position Announcement

Working within the department of University Safety & Risk Management, this position acts as the campus expert on fire & life safety, ensuring the safety of the campus through fire and life safety prevention, engineering, education, and compliance. Relies on experience, education, skill, and judgment to plan and accomplish campus health, fire & life safety systems inspection, testing, certification and code compliance, as well as event safety objectives. This position co-chairs UT's Health & Safety Committee, oversees incident/accident reporting and injury prevention programs, hazardous materials management and maintains other effective campus environmental/occupational health & safety programs. Depending on qualifications will also serve as Deputy or University Fire Marshal and fire systems technician, working independently under the jurisdiction of the UT Chief Safety Officer/Executive Director and acts as the liaison to the State of Utah Fire Marshal's office. Information about the department can be found online at

  • Act as the campus Environmental, Occupational Health & Safety Officer and liaison representing UT with federal, state and applicable local agencies. Ensure compliance with federal and state laws and regulatory compliance, overseeing incident/accident reporting and injury prevention programs.
  • Review and consult with other departments to maintain campus environmental health and safety programs, including hazardous waste management, Safety Data Sheets (SDS) inventory, Global Harmonization Standard, blood borne pathogens exposure plan, confined space program, and chemical and laboratory hygiene program.
  • Coordinate on-campus training related to environmental health and safety; co-chair UT Risk Management/Safety committee, and perform inspections of facilities, equipment, work practices, and conduct audits to ensure compliance with legal requirements. Work with Human Resources on safety issues, developing remedies and improvements, and to recommend changes for safer working conditions.
  • Perform maintenance, inspection, analysis, and annual state certification of all campus building fire extinguishers, hood systems, sprinkler systems, detection, and alarm systems. Perform quarterly inspections and flow tests of the fire sprinkler systems in all buildings under the jurisdiction of the UT Fire Marshal's office.
  • Keep accurate records of fire and life safety systems performed and follow through with all maintenance and required repairs; keep accurate records of all building inspections and follow through on all violation notices with re-inspections.
  • Conduct fire education/prevention and portable fire extinguisher training for University faculty, staff, and students as needed. Keep current and informed of building fire prevention and education best practices and techniques. Schedule and conduct building emergency evacuation drills with campus housing and building coordinators.
  • Develop and maintain a positive working relationship with faculty, staff, students, and client event groups in planning, scheduling, and implementing logistics, operations, and reconciliation of campus events regarding health and safety. Assist as a campus liaison representing UT with local county and municipal groups, which prepare and implement emergency planning procedures on a statewide and regional scale.
  • Assist with Risk Management practices, including certificate of insurance requests, insurance claims, compliance, loss reports and the annual inspection survey. Oversee the campus CERT team and training, and perform routine safety violations inspections campus-wide, including yearly self-inspection surveys.
  • Collaborate with University officials in plan reviews for fire safety; act as Fire Marshal in absence of Fire Marshal.
  • Maintain knowledge of all fire alarm control panels, remote annunciators, fire extinguishers, AEDs, emergency equipment, fire detection and signaling devices, fire sprinkler risers, and control valve locations within all University buildings. Respond to FACPs and manage the EBI system for trouble signals, pre-alarms, and fire alarms in a timely and safe manner.
  • Work with other University Safety & Risk Management staff (central scheduling, parking management, and risk management) to ensure safe and professional services.
  • Possess ability to fill in for University Safety & Risk Management staff as needed.
  • Perform other duties as assigned
  • High school diploma/GED, as well as vocational or technical training required in Utah and NICET certifications; Associates and/or Bachelor's degree preferred. The required vocational/technical training includes:
    • Automatic Fire Sprinkler System - Level II or higher.
    • Fire Alarm Systems Technician - Level II or NICET II; Master Technician preferred.
    • Fire Suppression Technician.
    • Fire Extinguisher Technician.
  • Department will also consider relevant experience and/or ability to get required Utah Licensure and Certification in place within 6 months of hire.
  • At least three years' related experience required; experience working with health & life safety and/or fire prevention with an education environment and experience with fire pumps and backflow preferred.
  • Experience with environmental health & safety and fire prevention programs; must be familiar with General Industry Safety Standards (OSHA, ANSI, EPA, UL, FEMA, NFPA) and have a thorough knowledge of International Fire Code as well as state and special University regulations (NFPA 13 and 13R, 72, 24, 25, and 101).
  • Ability to maintain emotional control under stress while effectively assisting/managing relief efforts.
  • Ability to chair committees and coordinate various campus efforts to ensure safe working conditions, while also ensuring action is taken timely and effectively.
  • Ability to use computer programs related to certificates of insurance, safety data system inventory, incident/injury reporting, etc.
  • Excellent public relations, customer service, and writing skills.
  • Ability to lift 25-50 lbs from one level to another, operate a motor vehicle, work outdoors, and perform strenuous walking, standing, and climbing. Lift test will be required as part of the hiring process.
  • Must be able to work flexible hours, including weekends and holidays, be on-call or as event schedule requires.
Supplemental Information

POSITION DETAILS, COMPENSATION & BENEFITS: Full-time (12-month) professional staff position. Annual salary of $56,000 - $59,000, depending on qualifications & experience. Desired start date of November 2022. Excellent benefits package included that begins on start date; includes medical, dental, vision, employee assistance and wellness programs, life, disability, retirement, undergraduate tuition waivers for employees and eligible dependents, as well as paid holidays in addition to sick and vacation leave accruals. See "Benefits Summary" for more details.

ELECTRONIC APPLICATION PROCEDURES: Application review begins October 12, 2022; position open until filled. Submit application materials (including resume contents and contact information for three professional references) and upload cover letter electronically. If, because of a disability, you need special services or facilities in order to apply for this opening, please call the Human Resources Office at (435) 652-7520.

ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY: Utah Tech University is an open, inclusive, comprehensive, polytechnic institution, committed to exceptional student learning and success that has adopted an instructional approach of "active learning. active life" and a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship. We seek faculty and staff committed to creating an active, applied and career-oriented learning environment that is student-centered. Established in 1911 as a community college and in 2013 as a state university, our university is located in picturesque southwestern Utah, approximately 120 miles north of Las Vegas. The area is renowned for its red rocks, desert climate, over 300 days of sunshine annually, and featuring easy access to world-class outdoor recreational opportunities. Click here to learn more about the University.
Utah Tech University is a fast-growing Utah public institution of higher education, with more than 12,000 students. We offer over 230 programs, including masters, bachelors, associates, certificates, endorsements, minors, and/or emphases. We seek to recruit and retain diverse and ambitious faculty and staff who bring new ideas, possess values and career aspirations aligned with the mission and vision, and are inspired to build a premier open, inclusive, comprehensive, polytechnic university. Utah Tech University is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer; the President and employees of the University are fully committed to Affirmative Action and within its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment. Utah Tech does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state or local law.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or the University's non-discrimination policies:For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visit contact:
  • U.S. Department of Education, Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights,, 800-421-3481.
  • U.S. Department of Education, Denver Regional Office,, 303-844-5695.
In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification.


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Highlights from Utah Tech's benefits package include:
  • 14.2% retirement contribution, paid 100% by the employer (no match required), vested on day 1 of full-time employment;
  • Regular undergraduate tuition waiver (paid at 100%) for employee, spouse, and unmarried dependent children to take courses at Utah Tech;
  • Full medical, dental, and vision plans, with low employee-paid premiums, that begins on day 1 of full-time employment;
  • Flexible Spending Accounts or Health Savings Accounts available;
  • Employer-paid basic life insurance & disability insurance coverage from day 1 of full-time employment;
  • Generous staff leave accruals, plus 12 paid holidays per calendar year.
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