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Special Agent
Arson Investigator

Current Department of Public Safety sworn officers are provided the opportunity to apply for Special Agent positions prior to any opening being filled from outside the Department.

Job Description

Special Agent/Arson Investigators with the Fire Marshal Division of the Iowa Department of Public Safety are responsible for investigations into the cause, origin, and circumstances of fires and the enforcement of all laws related to the suppression of arson.

Job duties include, but are not limited to the following:    

  • Renders safe and/or remove suspected explosive devices, incendiary devises, explosives, etc.
  • Provides for legal, proper, and safe transportation, disposal and/or storage of explosives;
  • Compiles and report technical data on explosive devices and incidents;
  • Enforces all laws of the state relating to arson and to apprehend those persons suspected of arson.

Minimum Qualifications

Applicants for the position of Special Agent/Arson Investigator with the State Fire Marshal's Division must:

  • Be a citizen of the United States
  • Be at least twenty-two (22) years of age at the time of graduation from the Department's training academy for new recruits
  • Be in acceptable physical and mental condition to perform his or her duties under physically demanding conditions
  • Possess a Bachelor of Arts/Science degree from an accredited college or university, preferably in fire science, criminal justice, political science, business, social science, or other related fields;
    OR
    Have three (3) years of law enforcement experience as a sworn federal, state, or local peace officer and at least sixty (60) semester hours (or equivalent quarter hours) from an accredited college or university;
    OR
    Have three (3) years experience as a full-time, paid, professional firefighter with an organized federal, state, local or military fire department and at least sixty (60) semester hours (or equivalent quarter hours) from an accredited college or university;
    OR
    Have at least seven (7) years of fire-fighting experience with an organized volunteer fire department and at least sixty (60) semester hours (or equivalent quarter hours) from an accredited college or university;
    OR
    Have five (5) years of law enforcement experience as a sworn federal, state, or local peace officer, or five (5) years experience as a full-time, paid, professional firefighter or fire officer with an organized federal, state, local or military fire department.
  • Have uncorrected vision no worse than 20/100 in each eye, corrected to 20/20 in each eye.
  • Have normal color vision as prescribed by Iowa Law Enforcement Academy Rules:  Color vision is determined by the American Optical Company, Pseudo Plates test, and requires correct identification of 10 out of 14 test plates.
  • Have normal hearing in each ear.  Hearing is considered normal when hearing sensitivity thresholds are within 25db measured at 1000Hz, 2000Hz, and 3000Hz averaged together.

To view more details about the minimum hiring qualifications for peace officers in the Department of Public Safety, please click here.


Effective January 1, 2012 - Peace Officer Pay Plan

  • $1,990.40 to $2,992.00 (bi-weekly)
  • $51,750.40 to $77,792.00 (annually)

While attending the Department's Training Academy, candidates are paid $1311.20 ($16.39 per hour - bi-weekly).


Benefits
  • Ten days paid vacation during first year
  • 11 paid holidays per year
  • 1 sick day leave accrual per month
  • $10,000 paid life insurance
  • medical and dental insurance
  • $290 per year clothing allowance
  • and other benefits

IF YOU NEED MORE INFORMATION REGARDING THE APPLICATION -SELECTION PROCESS AND THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY ACADEMY,PLEASE VISIT THE FOLLOWING SITE:

  http://www.dpscareers.com

 

Iowa Department of Public Safety
State Fire Marshal Division
215 East 7th Street | Des Moines, Iowa 50319 | 515-725-6145

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