Technical Fire Safety Officer

Vacancy details


Fire Safety Inspecting Officer


Based at:           Fire Safety various locations

Contract:           Permanent

Hours:               37 hours per week (open to full time, part time and job share candidates)

Salary:               £32,910 - £35,745 FTE (Hay 6)

Closing date:    26 October 2020


We have a vacancy in the role of Fire Safety Inspecting Officer within our Risk Reduction Technical Fire Safety Team. This role will be based at various Fire Safety Offices in the Fire Authorities Unitary area.

The role of the Fire Safety Officer is to contribute to community safety through the supervision and support of delivery services provided by the Technical Fire Safety team. This is actioned through inspecting premises to ensure compliance with set safety standards under the Regulatory Reform ‘Fire Safety’ Order 2005.


The successful applicant will be responsible for supporting the service’s response as part of the Building Risk Review. This key role will require the applicant to triage and carry out inspections of premises classed as high risk. You will be responsible for ensuring that the information gathered is reported to the home office on a monthly basis. You will also be responsible for setting standards of fire safety in public and commercial premises through the assessment of risks and legal fire safety requirements at existing or proposed premises or complexes through inspections, planning reviews or consultations. This will also include monitoring the implementation of requirements and re-inspection where necessary and conducting regular Fire Safety Audits.

The Fire Safety Officer will be required to advise on the fire safety standards which are appropriate to the risk, in accordance with relevant codes and legal requirement.         In order to ensure that communities remain safer, the role will also include informing and educating the community to improve awareness of safety matters.

To be considered as a candidate you must hold the recognised Qualification of Level 4 Diploma (Fire Safety Inspector) and also have a sound knowledge of health and safety regulations, its interpretation and application within the workplace and have practical experience of undertaking investigations, carrying out risk assessments and completing workplace inspections.  It is essential that you have experience in carrying out fire safety audits in High Rise Premises.
Excellent collaboration skills are desired as you will be working with a wide range of stakeholders, including the local community.


The Service operates a flexitime scheme. You will receive 25 days annual holiday (plus public holidays), enrolment into the Local Government Pension Scheme. This post may be based at various locations across all four unitary authority areas that make up the Avon Fire Authority.


Although this role is advertised as a full time position (37 hours per week), we are open to part time and job share candidates.


How to apply:

The job description and application is available on our website Completed applications must be submitted to Human Resources, Avon Fire & Rescue Service, Police & Fire Headquarters, PO Box 37, Valley Road, Portishead, Bristol BS20 8JJ. Alternatively, you can email your application to Please quote job reference number 1430 on any communications.

Job description


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


You will report to a Watch Manager within the Technical Fire Safety department, 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.

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. 


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.                           

Respond to verbal or written requests for advice on behalf of the Service in accordance with Fire Services legislation.                                                                           

Examine submissions from other agencies and provide advice in order to determine compliance with statutory codes of practice and other fire legislation                      

View plan applications from Local Authority Building Control and set standards for fire safety compliance, in line with the Building Regulations.                                        

Carry out Fire Safety Audits on Complex premises as and when required                                             

Prepare notes, reports and schedules of recommendations or requirements in accordance with accepted practice.  Maintain records of work undertaken as required.         

Provide assistance when requested on self-compliance with Codes, Guidance Notes and Regulations.                                                                                                            

Monitor the implementation of requirements by re-inspection where required and take appropriate follow-up action.                                                                               

Comply with Service community and fire safety policies, practices and procedures as required.

Check and sign correspondence as authorised by the Station Manager.

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.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Assist with the delivery and content of any courses, demonstrations or presentations being run by Community Fire Safety as and where necessary.                                                                                                                                                           


Maintain close liaison with local authorities and other agencies having a shared interest in statutory fire safety matters.                                                                    

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.                                                                

Deliver training or community safety talks, as required, either in-house or to external bodies/community groups.

Assist in Prosecution cases.                                                                          

Attend such meetings, conferences, seminars or courses as designated.

Refer to the Station Manager any complaints received, points of clarification or matters of policy determination


You must comply with all current policies and procedures of Avon Fire & Rescue Service, some of which are highlighted below.

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.                        

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.

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.

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.

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.


Your duties may involve working evenings as necessary, for which mutually agreed compensatory time-off will be given.

You will be required to drive in order to carry out the duties of the post within the Avon. If you use your own vehicle, appropriate allowances will be paid.

In the interests of the efficiency of the Service, you may be required to work from any base within the Service area.  Appropriate allowances will be made available for travelling to alternative work locations.






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