Fire Marshal

What Does A Fire Marshal Do?

A Fire Marshal examines buildings and plans in order to detect fire hazards and ensure that all governmental fire codes are met.  In addition, the marshal will supervise the other Fire Inspectors.

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How Do I Become A Fire Marshal?

Fire Marshals were likely both fire inspectors and fire fighters first, so they would need to previously attend a fire academy and need EMT training. Some fire departments may also require paramedic training. The completing of a college program in fire science or a related field may be required for a firefighter to move into a Fire Marshal position.

What is the Average Salary For A Fire Marshal?

These salaries are for the position of Fire Inspector; a Fire Marshal will make a little more than this:

High – 95,000
Median – 59,000
Low – 34,000

What Courses Should I Take To Become A Fire Marshal?

  • English – As much as possible!
  • Communication
  • Health
  • First Aid
  • Psychology

What Is The Work Environment For A Fire Marshal?

Fire Marshals generally work for local governments, and they typically work during regular business hours.  They spend some time in the office and the rest out in the field inspecting buildings and other structures. 

What Is The Future Outlook For A Fire Marshal?

There will likely be strong competition for these positions. Opportunities may differ based on geographical location. 


  • Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
  • Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada

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