Trainee Fire Safety Officer

Vacancy details

Based at:             Various Fire Safety offices in the Service Area

Contract:           Permanent

Hours:               37 hours per week (Monday – Friday)

Salary:              £ 29,577 - £32,234 (Hay 7) rising to £32,910 - £35,745 (Hay 6)      (subject to gaining Level 4 Diploma Qualification)

Closing date:    12 midday on Monday 1 March 2021

Avon Fire & Rescue Service has a number of vacancies for the role of trainee Fire Safety Inspecting Officer within our Risk Reduction Technical Fire Safety Team. 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 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. Fire Safety Officers 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.

It is desirable that applicants have a fire safety background or can demonstrate evidence of working within the fire industry or a relevant field such as Health and safety. Successful candidates will be expected to work on their own and as part of a team. Excellent communication skills are essential as you will be working with a wide range of stakeholders, including the local community. Working knowledge of MS office applications, including word, Excel and outlook is also essential.

It is essential that you hold a full UK driving licence.

Successful applicants will be expected to work towards the Qualification of Level 4 Diploma (Fire Safety Inspector). This will be done through on the job training and attendance at appropriate training courses.

How to apply:

The job description and application form is available to download at the bottom of this page. Once you have read the job description please complete the application form telling us how you meet the requirements of the role - tell us how your skills, qualifications and experience match those required for this role, and provide examples wherever you can. The information you give us will assist us in our shortlisting process.

Completed applications must be submitted to Human Resources, Avon Fire & Rescue Service, Police & Fire Headquarters, PO Box 37, Valley Road, Portishead, Bristol BS20 8JJ by the closing date and time. Alternatively, you can email your application to Late applications will not be accepted. 

Please quote job reference number 1430a on any communications. Thank you.

Please e-mail if you are experiencing issues with completing our application form and we can try to send you this in another format. 


Avon Fire & Rescue Service is committed to securing equality of opportunity

We welcome applications from all members of our community who are currently under-represented at

Avon Fire & Rescue Service, particularly women, Disabled people and members of Black & Minority Ethnic communities

Job description








 JOB TITLE:         Trainee Fire Safety Officer

DIRECTORATE:          Risk Reduction

UNIT:                            Technical Fire Safety

 POST NO:       1430a

GRADE:                        Hay 7

DUTY SYSTEM:    37 Hours per week




1.         JOB PURPOSE


    1. 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




    1. 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.


    1. 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. You will be expected to work towards and achieve the qualification Level 4 Diploma (Fire Safety Inspector) as part of your role






    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.                                      


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


    1. Check and sign correspondence as authorised by the Station Manager.


    1. 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.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       


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





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


    1. 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.                                                                   


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


    1. Assist in Prosecution cases.                                                                                


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


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




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


    1. 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.                                   


    1. 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.


    1. 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.


    1. 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.


    1. 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.





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


    1. 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.


    1. 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 if applicable.










































Person Specification






Current driving licence/ ability to drive.



Knowledge of Building Regulations and experience in commenting on Building Regs submissions



NEBOSH Fire Safety and Risk Management or equivalent.



Level 4 Diploma in Fire Safety ( Fire Inspectors)




Knowledge of business fire safety policies and procedures and management systems.



Working knowledge of MS office applications, including word, Excel and outlook.



Fire Safety statutes, codes of practice, policies and procedures and an understanding of their legal implications.



Ability to interpret legislation and translate into policies and procedures.



Knowledge of specialist areas within the Business fire safety function.




Experience of working within a Fire Safety environment.



Experience and knowledge of statutory enforcement within a legislative framework.



Interpretation and compilation of statistical information.



Experience of risk management.



Public sector experience.



Preparation for and delivery of Business fire safety training.



Personal Effectiveness

Ability to plan, prioritise and organise to deadlines.



Ability to communicate at all levels internally and externally.



Excellent written communication skills.



Flexible approach to working hours.



Ability to work autonomously.








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