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Recruitment #18-002378-0008


It is important that all experience be fully documented.  Failure to LIST ALL EXPERIENCE FULLY AND ACCURATELY may cause the candidate to be rejected.




Office of the State Fire Marshal

1201 Reisterstown Road

Pikesville, MD 21208

Main Purpose of Job

The position is responsible for developing and disseminating external and internal communications that inform and educate the people of Maryland, Department employees, the general public and other law enforcement agencies in the State as well as local, federal and municipal agencies concerning fire departments and various fire prevention entities, public safety issues and initiatives involving the Office of the State Fire Marshal.


Acts a spokesperson for the Agency. This regularly involves responding to the scene of a breaking incident to deal with the media on location.

Responds to media inquiries about breaking stories and proactive initiatives.

Writes and produces On Demand programming, cable television programs for statewide broadcast and video for social media use, that provide information about the Agency and important, timely, public safety issues.

Prepares/Disseminates news releases about breaking stories involving the Agency to inform the media/public about the incidents and provide accurate, timely information.

Research and prepare responses to inquiries from the media, government/elected officials, general public and other federal, State, and local officials regarding a variety of law enforcement related issues.

Plans/organizes news conferences and special events for the Agency and the State community groups, special promotions, citizen support groups, law enforcement and employee unions.

Keeps the Fire Marshal abreast of all media coverage regarding the Office of the State Fire Marshal. Discusses and plans response for strategies. Informs Department and State government officials about incidents and issues of a sensitive/sensational or unusual nature.

Writes speeches, correspondence and reports and prepares briefing materials for the Fire Marshal, Superintendent and Governor's Office.

Other duties as assigned.


Education: Possession of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university with at least 30 semester credit hours in one or more of the following subjects: English, journalism, public relations, writing or other similar and related courses.

Experience: Three years experience in public information, public relations, journalism or other related experience in publicity or promotional work.


1. Applicants may substitute additional experience as described above for the required college education on a year-for year basis.

2. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a commissioned officer in public affairs classification or public affairs specialty codes in the information and arts field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required experience and education.



Experience:  One of the three years of the required experience must have been as a liaison/spokesperson to the media as a public information officer, responding to inquiries and preparing correspondence in response to requests for information.


1. Experience designing, developing, implementing and maintaining a public website as well as social media platforms.

2. Experience devising and implementing communications, marketing and public relations strategies.




Candidates for this position will be subject to a complete criminal background investigation to include a polygraph examination before a permanent appointment can be made. A criminal conviction may be grounds for rejection of the candidate.


The selection for this process will involve a review of each application.  Applicants who meet the minimum and selective qualifications will be placed on an eligible list in the BEST, BETTER or QUALIFIED category.  The list will be used by the hiring manager to select the individual to fill the vacancy. The list will be valid for one year.



NOTE: Currently, applicants are limited to uploading one file.  As a result, it is strongly urged that those applying upload ALL required and additional documents (undergraduate and graduate transcripts, resumes, etc.) as one file


If you are unable to apply online, you may submit an application via mail.  The Maryland State Application Form can be found online.


Completed applications, required documentation and any required addendums may be mailed to:


Office of the State Fire Marshal

1201 Reisterstown Road

Pikesville, MD 21208

ATTN: Pamela Harvey


Questions or concerns regarding this recruitment may be sent to the following e-mail address:


It is the policy of the Maryland State Police to comply with all applicable federal and state laws prohibiting employment discrimination and to provide equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, gender, identity and expression, genetic information, marital status, mental or physical disability, national origin, race, religious affiliation, belief or opinion, sex, sexual orientation or any other protected status.