Technical Fire Safety Inspecting Officer (WM B)

Vacancy details

Based at: Various locations throughout the AF&RS area

Contract: Permanent Whole-time contract

Shift: 9 day fortnight (Includes some flexibility for evening/weekend working as and when required)

Closing date: 8th November 2019

Avon Fire & Rescue Service has a number of vacancies for Technical Fire Safety Inspecting Officers.  The posts are open to applicants who are a substantive Watch Manager B on a permanent transfer basis.  

We are seeking to expand our Technical Fire Safety Team.  We require trained and competent individuals with excellent communication skills and the ability to contribute effectively within a team, make appropriate evidence based decisions, engage with premise owners and relevant partner organisations and work independently as required to meet our statutory obligations and assist in the delivery of our Risk Reduction Strategy.

Your primary role will be to enforce The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. You will do this through inspection and audit of premises covered under the Order. You will give advice on compliance and where necessary enforce the provisions of the Order through the serving of formal notifications or carry out prosecution procedures where required. You will also be required to provide advice and consult upon Building Regulations and Licencing applications. You must possess a Level 4 certificate in Fire Safety and be prepared to work towards the Level 4 Diploma, for which training and support will be provided.

If you would like to discuss the roles please contact GM Steve Quinton or SM Karl Venn   

Please submit your CV along with a covering letter detailing your relevant qualifications and experience or complete our application form.  The closing date for completed applications is Friday 8th November 2019.  Applications should be submitted by e-mail to

Job description

 JOB TITLE:        Fire Safety Officer

DIRECTORATE:         Risk Reduction

UNIT:                        Technical Fire Safety


GRADE:                     Watch Manager - B

DUTY SYSTEM:         Day Duty (42 Hours)



To contribute to the protection of the people in the Service area and in making communities safer by:-

  • supervising and supporting the delivery of services provided by Technical Fire Safety
  • carrying out inspections of premises to ensure compliance with set safety standards under the Regulatory Fire Safety Order 2005
  • setting standards of fire safety in public and commercial premises
  • assisting the Station Manager with the provision of effective day to day management of the Technical Fire Safety Department
  • informing and educating the community to improve awareness of safety matters
  • providing leadership, command and support at operational incidents if required by the Organisation


  1. You are responsible to a Station Manager, who will plan and allocate tasks and duties and set objectives and targets, in order to meet customer requirements and directorate/Service aims and objectives.
  2. To work effectively, you will need to develop and maintain close liaison with Operational Response Managers, community representatives and other agencies concerned with fire safety and prevention.



  1. Assess risks and legal fire safety requirements at existing or proposed premises or complexes through inspection, plan review or consultation.  Provide necessary advice, guidance or requirements to secure fire safety standards appropriate to the risk, and in accordance with relevant codes and legal requirements. [WM Unit: 3.0]
  2. Respond to verbal or written requests for advice on behalf of the Service in accordance with Fire Services legislation. [WM Unit: 3.0]
  3. Examine submissions from other agencies and provide advice in order to determine compliance with statutory codes of practice and other fire legislation [WM Unit: 3.0]
  4. ​​​​​​​View plan applications from Local Authority Building Control and set standards for fire safety compliance, in line with the Building Regulations. [WM Unit: 3.0]
  5. ​​​​​​​Carry out Fire Safety Audits on Complex premises [WM Unit: 3.0]
  6. ​​​​​​​Prepare notes, reports and schedules of recommendations or requirements in accordance with accepted practice.  Maintain records of work undertaken as required. [WM Unit: 6.0]
  7. ​​​​​​​Provide assistance when requested on self-compliance with Codes, Guidance Notes and Regulations. [WM Unit: 3.0]
  8. ​​​​​​​Monitor the implementation of requirements by re-inspection where required and take appropriate follow-up action. [WM Unit: 3.0]
  9. ​​​​​​​Comply with Service community and fire safety policies, practices and procedures as required.
  10. Check and sign correspondence as authorised by the Station Manager.
  11. ​​​​​​​Develop and maintain close liaison with Operational Response managers and other senior staff on matters of operational or fire safety importance within your work area. [WM Unit: 3.0]
  12. ​​​​​​​Assist with the delivery and content of any courses, demonstrations or presentations being run by Community Fire Safety as and where necessary. [WM Unit: 3.0]
  13. ​​​​​​​Collect relevant information from a number of sources, to support the investigation of fires or other events to determine cause.  Produce reports on findings and conclusions, as required, including any recommendations for improvement or minimising future hazards or risks. [WM Unit: 6.0]


  1. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Attend operational incidents as required in the capacity of a Watch Manager. Provide leadership and command at incidents if required. [WM Units: 7.0 & 8.0]
  2. Maintain close liaison with local authorities and other agencies having a shared interest in statutory fire safety matters. [WM Unit: 4.0]
  3. ​​​​​​​Manage time and prioritise workloads to ensure that deadlines and work objectives are consistently met.  Agree objectives on a daily and weekly basis and monitor progress, resolving any problems that arise. [WM Unit: 2.0]
  4. ​​​​​​​Direct, manage and motivate employees for whom responsible, allocating tasks and duties and setting objectives and targets, in order to meet customer requirements and directorate/Service aims and objectives. [WM Unit: 1.0]
  5. ​​​​​​​Deliver training or community safety talks, as required, either in-house or to external bodies/community groups. [WM Unit: 3.0]
  6. ​​​​​​​Carry out community safety project work as required. [WM Units: 2.0 & 3.0]
  7. ​​​​​​​Attend such meetings, conferences, seminars or courses as designated.
  8. ​​​​​​​Refer to the Station Manager any complaints received, points of clarification or matters of policy determination


  1. You are expected to maintain personal competence in accordance with the National Occupational Standard (NOS) Role Map. (See summary attached). You must also present a positive image of our Authority at all times.
  2. ​​​​​​​You must comply with all current policies and procedures of Avon Fire & Rescue Service, some of which are highlighted below.
  3. ​​​​​​​You must be aware of Health and Safety Regulations in relation to duties and tasks being undertaken and must report any situations or incidents which could be considered hazardous.  All employees have a responsibility for their own safety and must not endanger that of colleagues/visitors in the workplace or the public.
  4. ​​​​​​​You must ensure that, both in your dealings with other employees and with members of the public, you adhere to the principles and standards outlined in the Equality and Fairness Policy.  You have a responsibility to inform your line Manager of literature, language or behaviour that offends against that policy and the dignity of personnel.
  5. ​​​​​​​In addition to the individual responsibilities above, you must ensure that employees, for whom responsible, comply with the principles of equality, fairness and dignity and must confront incidents of behaviour that offend against those principles.
  6. ​​​​​​​You are required to adopt and apply the ‘Core Values in the Fire & Rescue Service’ to the way in which you carry out your duties and responsibilities.
  7. ​​​​​​​Maintain appropriate records as part of your day to day duties, including property, resource inventories and Fire Safety records.  In particular, ensure that all leave, staff availability and absence records are completed in accordance with Service policies and procedures.
  8. ​​​​​​​If required and appropriately trained/qualified, drive, manoeuvre and redeploy fire service vehicles and plant to meet operational requirements.
  9. ​​​​​​​This Job Description contains only the main accountabilities relating to the post and does not describe in detail all the duties required to carry them out. You may also be required to perform other duties appropriate to the post and within the context of the National Occupational Standard Role Map for a Crew Manager.


  1. In the interests of the efficiency of the Service, you may be required to work from any base within the Service area.
  2. ​​​​​​​Although working on the Service’s 42 hour duty system, you may occasionally be required to attend evening and weekend meetings.
  3. ​​​​​​​This specific job description should be read in conjunction with the general Watch Manager job description, which contains more general role based accountabilities associated with
  • managing, developing and reviewing the performance of staff [WM Units: 1.0, 5.0 & 11.0]
  • monitoring and acquiring resources, and controlling their issue  [WM Units: 9.0 & 10.0]
  • controlling and investigating operational incidents and subsequent debriefings. [WM Units: 7.0 & 8.0]

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