Fire Safety Officer
Location: Millbrook Proving Ground - Bedford, UK
Job Reference - SE OFF 12
Working Monday to Friday 08:00 - 16:30
Reporting to – Health & Safety Manager
The Fire Safety Officer will be responsible for assessing the organisation buildings and projects to determine whether they are complaint with fire prevention legislation, ensuring all Fire Risk Assessments (FRAs) are conducted and kept up to date, and advise corrective actions/timing plans where necessary.
You will be involved in other areas supporting the Health and Safety Manager, developing/training Bedford Emergency Response Team and assisting departments with writing risk assessments, supporting investigations and advising employees and managers on all fire safety matters.
The Fire Safety Officer can apply to become members of the Institute of Fire Prevention Officers, or the Institute of Fire Safety Managers. Fire Safety officers need to keep their skills and knowledge up to date.
In order to ensure the fire safety of all facilities, the First Safety Officer will perform many different tasks. You will work to help prevent workplace accidents and injuries, as well as recognising and mitigating risks to protect employees and company assets. You'll work with all areas of the business to support the engagement of our health and safety values and procedures and be capable of:
- Providing support to the Health and Safety Manager
- Provide support to individuals/departments on all health and safety matters, especially fire safety
- Identifying and assessing hazards and determine ways of reducing risk
- Advising on fire issues relating to building structure and fabric, services, alterations and maintenance
- Completing, co-coordinating and monitoring fire risk assessments (FRAs) and Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations (DSEAR)
- Liaising with relevant authorities involved in fire safety
- Advising on new build fire safety requirements and fire issues relating to the day-to-day activities of building occupants
- Giving advice and guidance relating to fire safety compliance with legislation
- Monitoring fire precautions, ensuring that electrical systems are safe, fire-fighting equipment is well maintained, and fire doors and escape routes meet appropriate requirements
- Preparing reports on issues relating to fire safety
- Liaising with organisation on fire safety issues, including providing staff training sessions
- Supporting/establishing policies and procedures for general fire safety and emergency response team
- Establishing and presenting safety teaching programs to the Emergency Response Team, including Breathing Apparatus (BA) training
- Identify and run your own projects to further the safety culture at Millbrook as well as support the health and safety manager's projects
- Assisting with Business Continuity Planning compliance
- Acting in accordance with the behaviours for Millbrook staff at all times
- National Certificate in Fire Safety and Risk Management (or equivalent – essential)
- Breathing Apparatus Instructor (essential)
- Level 3 - Train the Trainer (or equivalent – preferred)
- Road Traffic Collisions Instructor (preferred)
- Hazardous Area Classification for Gases and Liquids (preferred)
Fire safety officer may be a former operational fire-fighter who have completed recognised courses on fire safety. Whilst this is not necessary, a minimum of 5 years’ experience in a similar role is essential.
Fire safety officer must be a collaborative team player, needing to maintain the continuity of their team’s workload as well as communicating and liaising with other relevant parties. The role involves inspections and assessments as well as carrying out duties in busy controlled environments.
Inspection of buildings for compliance requires a fire safety officer to be proficient at reading and interpreting building plans, with suitable knowledge to identify inconsistencies or risks relating to electrical safety standards, sprinkler systems, Fire Safety Regulations, Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations (DSEAR) and so on.
A significant part of a fire safety officer’s job involves oral and written communications, including providing training. They must be comfortable with speaking with small meeting groups on fire safety subjects. Detailed written reports of investigations and inspections are also frequently required.
- Competent IT skills (MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint)
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Time management / organisation skills
- Ability to self-motivate
- Good analytical skills and enjoy problem solving with a logical and structured approach
- Passion, drive and commitment to complete projects with a genuine interest in Health and Safety issues
- Excellent attention to detail
- Willingness to learn new technologies and a desire to train others
- Team player and a mature approach to work
- Ability to remain calm and reasonable in differing circumstances
- Due to the location of Millbrook and the requirement for some travel to Millbrook test services based in Leyland, applicants would ideally have good access to public transport links and be willing to travel when required
- Flexibility to do overtime as and when required
- Full UK driving licence
- SC clearance or ability to achieve this if required (UK national with residency in the UK for the last 5 years)
- Willing to undergo a Criminal Disclosure check