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Fire Investigator, Office of the Fire Marshall

10/15/2020 9:47 AM | Grover Piper (Administrator)

This position primarily covers the counties of Sedgwick, Sumner, Butler, Cowley, Greenwood, Elk, Chautauqua, Wilson and Montgomery, but the incumbent could be deployed anywhere within the state as needed..  Residency within the territory is preferred however; this will be reviewed on a case by case basis.

Job Responsibilities may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Conducts investigations to determine origin and cause of fires and explosions;
  • Conducts criminal investigations in to violations of the arson criminal code, including other criminal offenses that impel arson;
  • Investigates, inspects and maintains accurate records on permits and/or licenses issued by the OSFM for those who apply for inspection of explosives and fireworks;
  • Testifies in court as an expert;
  • Conducts and attends training sessions;
  • Performs administrative duties such as submitting reports and record keeping;
  • Maintains and operates assigned state vehicle and equipment.
  • Extensive travel, including overnight is required of this position.

Position Salary/Benefits –


  • Annual Salary: $43,950.40
  • Hourly Pay Rate: $21.13

* Salary can vary depending upon education, experience, or qualifications.

Employment Benefits:

  • Comprehensive medical, mental, dental, vision, and additional coverage
  • Sick & Vacation leave
  • Work-Life Balance programs: parental leave, military leave, jury leave, funeral leave
  • Paid State Holidays (designated by the Governor annually)
  • Fitness Centers in select locations
  • Employee discounts with the STAR Program
  • Retirement and deferred compensation programs

Visit the Employee Benefits page for more information…

Minimum Requirements for Position –


  • Two years' experience in general law enforcement and criminal investigation.
  • A four-year college degree in a Criminal Justice field may be substituted for the required experience.  In order to substitute education for experience, a college transcript must be submitted at time of application.

Licensing & Certification:

  • Current certification as a full-time law enforcement officer by the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Commission as required by K.S.A. 74-5601a.  Out of state certifications will be considered on a case by case basis.
  • Must have a current, valid driver's license.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Must be a United States citizen and at least 21 years of age.
  • This position requires the use of a firearm for law enforcement duties therefore, candidates cannot have been convicted of, and must be free of any diversions from, a felony or misdemeanor domestic violence crime as set forth in 18 U.S.C. § 922(d)(9) and (g)(9).   

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in fire and explosive investigations;
  • Knowledge of state and local laws, ordinances and regulations;
  • Explosive materials and properties, electrical systems;
  • Building construction;
  • Chemicals, flammable properties of various substances, char and burn patterns, factors that affect fire spread, color and density of smoke, flame and heat material burning rate and heat release characteristics;
  • Investigation procedures;
  • Rules of evidence and rights of suspects;
  • Criminal court procedures and practices;
  • Ability to plan and conduct investigations, ascertain facts and obtain evidence, establish and maintain favorable relationships with co-workers, professionals and the public;
  • Keep records, prepare reports, speak in public, present evidence and be able to use a camera.

Post-Offer, Pre-employment Requirements:

  • At time of offer, candidate must take and pass a drug screening tests approved by the Office of Personnel Services and take a pre-employment physical.
  • Top candidates must take and pass a background check and polygraph.

Instructions on how to Apply for the Position –

Job Application Process:

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    1. Manage your draft and submitted applications on the Careers> My Job Applications page.
  • Check your email and My Job Notifications for written communications from the Recruiter.
    1. Email – sent to the Preferred email on the My Contact Information page
    2. Notifications – view the Careers> My Job Notifications page

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Closing Date – no closing date

Contact Information –

Recruiter Contact Information:

Name: Stacie Creech

Email: Stacie.Creech@ks.gov

Phone: 785-296-0654

Mailing Address: 800 SW Jackson Street, Suite 104, Topeka, Kansas 66612

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